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Searchers for a Special City (1965)

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Director Delbert Mann and his production team are scouting locations in New York City for the filming of the movie Mister Buddwing (1966). They realize that on-location filming, with all ... See full summary »

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Delbert Mann ...
Ellsworth Fredericks ...
Himself (as Ellie Fredericks)
Dale Wasserman ...
Douglas Laurence ...
Himself (as Doug Lawrence)


Director Delbert Mann and his production team are scouting locations in New York City for the filming of the movie Mister Buddwing (1966). They realize that on-location filming, with all its natural imperfections, will bring a sense of realism to the movie that cannot be recreated on studio back lots. One of the movie's stars, New Yorker Suzanne Pleshette who feels comfortable working in her home town, discusses Mann and co-star 'James Garner' setting an amiable atmosphere on set. Garner, in turn, credits the crew for the lighthearted tone on set of this dramatic movie. Producer Douglas Laurence discusses the problems of shooting on location, including not being able to control the environment, especially in crowded New York City. At the end of the day, New York City is another integral cast member of the movie. Written by Huggo

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Interesting Piece on Location Scouts
10 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Searchers for a Special City (1965)

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This is a rather interesting promotional piece for the film MISTER BUDDWING, which stars James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette and Katharine Ross. The 8-minute piece explains why the location directors are so important because the film really wanted to capture New York City as its own character. We learn why it's so important shooting on the actual locations but also why it's also very challenging because of the sound and of course the crowds who want to see what's going on. Director Delbert Mann is on hand to share a few stories about his experience in the city and we get a few words from Pleshette and Garner as well. There's a very good section where Garner talks about his desire to speak with the crowds who are watching them shoot and why he answered some of their questions. This is a pretty unique little short because not only do we get to see a different part of the Hollywood job but it's also interesting because they really shoot this shot like you'd expect to see a film noir shot from the 1940s. The short is presented in B&W and comes with some very dark and serious narration, which makes for an interesting mix. The film certainly captures a certain atmosphere that would not only draw one in but also make them want to check out the film in question.

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