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David Butler (1894-1979) directed over a hundred theatrical and television films. In this oral history he reflects over his life and work, from the days of Inceville and D.W. Griffith to the era of filmed television Westerns and situation comedies. His first directional assignment was High School Hero (1927) for Fox studios. He then helped salvage Fox's finances with four of Shirley Temple's most engaging and profitable films starring Will Rogers in the 1930s, and a classic movie about horse racing, Kentucky (1938). After leaving Fox in 1938, Butler directed films for Warner Brothers and other studios with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Doris Day, Errol Flynn, Rex Harrison, Alice Faye, Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Kay Kyser, and a host of other musical and comedy stars. One of the best of his films is Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943), with an all-star cast and a lilting score, highlighted by Bette Davis singing and jitterbugging. When Butler switched from theatrical films to television, he directed such popular TV shows as Wagon Train, Buckskin, General Electric Theater, and Leave it to Beaver. Modestly describing himself as a "commercial director" who excelled at completing projects under tight schedules, Butler deserves a place in American film history for his contribution of well-crafted popular films featuring some of the legendary entertainers of the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm production: technical & background skills Publisher: Scarecrow Press Publication Date: 28/01/1993 ISBN-13: 9780810827059  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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The late Irene Kahn Atkins, daughter of famed lyricist Gus Kahn, was a music editor and conducted oral histories of craftsmen in music and sound for the American Film Institute and Yale University, as well as for the Directors Guild of America (her Henry Koster and Arthur Jacobson are part of this series).

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