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Dwain Esper (1893–1982)

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Got rich as a building contractor before entering the movie business in 1932. See more trivia »

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Known For

Maniac
Maniac Producer
(1934)
Sex Madness
Sex Madness Producer
(1938)
Marihuana
Marihuana Producer
(1936)
Narcotic
Narcotic Producer
(1933)

Filmography

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 1948 Will It Happen Again? (Documentary) (producer)
 1946 The March of Crime (Documentary short) (producer)
 1946 Curse of the Ubangi (Documentary) (producer)
 1938 Sex Madness (producer)
 1937 How to Take a Bath (Short) (producer)
 1937 How to Undress in Front of Your Husband (Short) (producer)
 1936 Reefer Madness (producer - reissue, uncredited)
 1936 The March of Crime (Documentary short) (producer)
 1936/I Marihuana (producer)
 1936 Hell-A-Vision (Documentary) (producer - reissue)
 1935 Angkor (producer)
 1934 Man's Way with Women (producer - US version)
 1934 Maniac (producer - uncredited)
 1934 Modern Motherhood (producer)
 1933 Narcotic (producer)
 1932 The Seventh Commandment (producer)
 1932 Freaks (producer - reissue, uncredited)
 1930 Caïn, aventures des mers exotiques (producer - reissue)
 1928 The Truth About Sex (Short) (producer)
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Alternate Names:

Dwain A. Esper
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Trivia:

Once owned the rights to Tod Browning's big-budget MGM flop Freaks (1932). Esper turned a tidy profit by doing what he usually did: renting out theaters himself and sensationally exploiting the film in ways no conventional promoter would ever think of. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses animal imagery in his films

Nickname:

King of the Celluloid Gypsies

Star Sign:

Libra

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