"The Unaltered Cat"
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[on casting the leading role in "The Picture Of Dorian Gray"]: One day, I received a message from Cedric Gibbons, who wanted to see me on a matter of urgency and secrecy. Gibby was the only close friend of Greta Garbo around the studio, and he had been deputed to tell me that Garbo wanted to play Dorian. Indeed, it was the only role she would come back to the screen for. Of course, I moved heaven...
Graduated from New York University with a B.A. in English, followed by a Masters in English from Harvard University. Subsequently taught at the University of Missouri, 1916-18. Would have gone on to a professorship, if not for a chance viewing of 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', which persuaded him to enter the film business. Initially employed by the Jewish Tribune as a drama and film critic, then...
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