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"American Masters" Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (1990)

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Original Air Date:
2 July 1990 (Season 5, Episode 1)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Fritz Weaver ... Narrator (voice)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself

Preston Sturges ... Himself (archive footage)
Priscilla Bonner ... Herself, family friend (as Priscilla B. Woolfan)
Sandy Sturges ... Herself, Mrs. Preston Sturges
Frances Ramsden ... Herself, actress and friend
Thomas Quinn Curtiss ... Himself, film historian and friend (as Thomas Quinn Curtis)

Cesar Romero ... Himself
Edwin Gillette ... Himself

A.C. Lyles ... Himself, Paramount Producer

Eddie Bracken ... Himself

Joel McCrea ... Himself (archive footage)

Andrew Sarris ... Himself, film critic (archive footage)

Betty Hutton ... Herself

Rudy Vallee ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Rourke ... Himself (archive footage)

Katy Jurado ... Herself (archive footage)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kenneth Bowser 
Writing credits
Todd McCarthy (writer)

Produced by
Caroline Baron .... co-producer
Kenneth Bowser .... producer
Diane Dufault .... associate producer: American Masters
Harlene Freezer .... coordinating producer: American Masters
Marilyn Haft .... executive producer
Susan Lacy .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Bacon 
Cinematography by
Denis Maloney (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ken Werner 
Sound Department
Mark Bovos .... sound mixer
Russell C. Fager .... sound mixer (as Russell Fager)
Thomas A. Payne .... sound mixer (as Thomas Payne)
Roger Pietschmann .... sound mixer
Reilly Steele .... re-recording mixer
John Vincent .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Boffety .... additional photographer
Gary Drew .... assistant camera
Marc Gérard .... additional photographer (as Marc Gerard)
T.E.C. Jones .... assistant camera
Paul Koestner .... assistant camera
Al Salton .... assistant camera
Martin Schenk .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Ernie Davidson .... assistant editor
Pamela Reis .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Eleanor Campbell .... researcher
Jim Curtis .... technical advisor
Garret Linn .... title designer: main titles
Barry Parker .... researcher
Bonnie Rowan .... researcher
Nina Saunders .... researcher
Sandy Sturges .... technical advisor
Tom Sturges .... technical advisor
Robert Wright .... production coordinator
Maureen Angelinetta .... special thanks
Eddie Brandt .... special thanks
Bill Brewington .... special thanks
James Brooks .... special thanks
Kevin Brownlow .... special thanks
Joe Cilibrasi .... special thanks
Jim Curtis .... special thanks
Florence Dauman .... special thanks
William K. Everson .... special thanks (as Bill Everson)
Gary Green .... special thanks
John E. Hampton .... special thanks (as John Hampton)
Rosine Handelman .... special thanks
James Harvey .... special thanks
Diane Isaacs .... special thanks
Diane Jacobs .... special thanks
Hortense Kooluris .... special thanks
Jeffery Korchek .... special thanks (as Jeffrey Korchek)
Gudie Lawaetz .... special thanks
Tracy Makow .... special thanks
Leonard Maltin .... special thanks
Maxine Merlino .... special thanks
Steve Miller .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... special thanks
Dan O'Grady .... special thanks
Vern Olson .... special thanks: Summa Corp.
Tom Pollack .... special thanks
Joanna Rapf .... special thanks
Carley Roney .... special thanks
Joe Roth .... special thanks
Joan Sharpe .... special thanks: Summa Corp.
Richard Somerset-Ward .... special thanks
Dale Ann Stieber .... special thanks (as Dale Stieber)
Irwin Young .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:76 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The Life of Preston Sturges, 11 May 2015
Author: gavin6942 from United States

I knew practically nothing about Preston Sturges going in to this, other than he was an expert writer on fast-paced dialogue.

Now I know as a child he spent much time in Europe due to his mother, providing him with "cultural indoctrination". Interestingly, he tried to run from the European culture, though so much became a part of who he was. Isadora Duncan, the famous dancer, was a big part of his childhood, which is odd.

Sturges was possibly the first writer to turn director. This was very uncommon, at Paramount or anywhere else. Sam Goldwyn hated this sort of crossover, as we know from Howard Hawks -- Goldwyn wanted directors to direct, and not tamper with the scripts.

The narrator says Sturges "introduced irony to screen comedy". Now, that is a hard claim to back up. Was he really the first? Probably not. But to say his style was not larger than life would be a lie.

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