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Film Director Michael Anderson Dead At 98; "Around The World In 80 Days" And "The Dam Busters" Among His Credits

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Anderson (left) on the set of Around the World in 80 Days with producer Michael Todd and Frank Sinatra, who filmed a cameo appearance.

Michael Anderson, the Oscar-nominated British film director, has died at age 98. Anderson directed producer Michael Todd's star-packed 1956 screen adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days". The film won the Best Picture Oscar and became a boxoffice blockbuster, earning Anderson a Best Director nomination in the process. The previous year, Anderson had directed "The Dam Busters", which became the top-grossing British film of the year. Anderson had the ability to comfortably move between genres with equal skill. Among his other credits: "The Wreck of the Mary Deare", "Shake Hands with the Devil", the 1958 film version of Orwell's "1984", "All the Fine Young Cannibals" (the title of which inspired the name of a short-lived 1980s rock group), "Operation Crossbow", "The Quiller Memorandum", "The Shoes of the Fisherman
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Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ Director, Dies at 98

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Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ Director, Dies at 98
Michael Anderson, the British director who was nominated for an Academy Award for his direction on “Around the World in 80 Days,” died in Vancouver Wednesday. He was 98.

Anderson’s career began in the ’40s as an assistant director before he joined the Royal Signal Corps during the war. After Anderson was discharged, he signed a contract with Associated British Picture Corporation, for whom he directed five films.

The third film, 1955’s “The Dam Busters,” starring Richard Todd, which was the biggest film of the year for Britain at the box office. The film will be presented at the Royal Albert Hall in London and simulcast into 400 theatres throughout the UK on May 17 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of World War II.

Anderson was asked to direct “Around the World in 80 Days” after the original director John Farrow had a falling out with producer Mike Todd.
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DVD Review - Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

Shake Hands with the Devil, 1959.

Directed by Michael Anderson.

Starring James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns and Michael Redgrave.


In 1920s Dublin, a young medical student is sucked into the world of the Ira and becomes embroiled in a series of plots against the occupying British forces.

No first sentence tricks this time. Let’s go straight in there. It’s Northern Ireland in 1921, and those infamous Troubles with a capital T are in full swing. Faced with guerrilla tactics and a relentless resolve from the Irish Republican Army, the British Government have sent in the contemptible Black and Tans, a paramilitary outfit with express orders to shoot anyone even remotely suspicious-looking on sight. They function as an occupying force, as a catch-all term for British oppression in Ireland, and as the nameless, faceless target practice villains in this story.

Easy there now. Shake Hands with the Devil
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Dana Wynter obituary

Actor often cast as an 'English rose', she starred in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

It could be argued that the strikingly beautiful, dark-haired Dana Wynter, who has died aged 79, did not have the film career she deserved. One of the reasons may have been that she was under a seven-year contract to 20th Century Fox, a studio that gave her few chances to display her histrionic talents. As proof, Wynter's best film, Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), was produced by Allied Artists, one of the "Poverty Row" studios.

Nevertheless, it was Fox that made the demure Wynter into a star, featuring her in five rather hollow, self-important CinemaScope pictures. Some of her own frustration with her image is implied in D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956) when, as a British Red Cross worker, she tells a married American army captain with whom she is romantically involved: "You
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Sci-fi Star Wynter Dies

Sci-fi Star Wynter Dies
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers star Dana Wynter has died. She was 79.

The actress passed away in Ojai, California on Thursday after suffering congestive heart failure.

Wynter, who was born in Germany and raised in England, trained to be a doctor before pursuing her acting dreams.

She racked up TV credits on shows such as The Man Who Never Was, Wagon Train, Cannon and The Rockford Files, and starred in films including Shake Hands With The Devil with James Cagney, Sink the Bismarck! and Airport.

She is best known for her role as Becky Driscoll in 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Wynter is survived by a son, Mark.

R.I.P. Dana Wynter

Actress Dana Wynter, who was best known for her role as Becky Driscoll in director Don Siegel‘s (Twilight Zone, Dirty Harry) 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79.

Wynter spent more than four decades on film and television, including stints on Magnum, P.I , The Love Boat and Fantasy Island and starred alongside Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier in Something of Value , and James Cagney and Don Murray in Shake Hands with the Devil.

Wynter’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers co-star Kevin McCarthy (Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Howling) died of pneumonia on September 11th of last year, at the age of 96. Wynter is survived by her son, Mark Bautzer.

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All of us at SciFiMafia offer our deepest condolences to Wynter’s son, friends and all of the people who were
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Walter Seltzer obituary

Shrewd film publicist who later achieved success as a producer

A masochistic Hollywood decree insists that press agents must be depicted on screen as loathsome toadying creatures, and movie moguls as vulgar, mercenary despots. Walter Seltzer, who has died aged 96, was both a press agent and a producer, but he failed to conform to either of the self-perpetuating stereotypes. As a press agent he was persuasive rather than pushy; as a producer, he believed in consensus decision-making.

Undoubtedly his greatest achievement as a press agent was in his promotion of Marty (1955), a gentle, small-scale study of the mundane with no star names. Seltzer believed so much in the Harold Hecht/Burt Lancaster production that the promotional campaign for the film was more expensive than the film itself: $400,000 compared to $343,000. Among Seltzer's tactics was his sending prints of the film to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
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Producer Seltzer Dies

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Producer and publicist Walter Seltzer has died at the age of 96.

The moviemaker passed away at a retirement home in California from an age-related illness on Friday, according to officials at the Motion Picture & Television Fund (Mptf).

Seltzer worked in film publicity from the 1930s until the 1950s but took four years out from the industry to serve in the Marines during World War II.

He also produced several movies including Soylent Green, The Omega Man, Shake Hands With the Devil and One-Eyed Jacks for Marlon Brando and Charlton Heston's production companies in the 1960s and 1970s.

He spent much of the 1980s as a fundraiser for the Mptf, co-chairing a campaign that raised $50 million (£35 million). Seltzer was on the Board of Trustees of the organisation.

Lost Chaplin Film To Get Re-premiere At Cinecon Film Festival In Hollywood; Don Murray And Michele Lee To Be Honored

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A Thief Catcher (Keystone, 1914), featuring a previously unknown performance by silent comedy star Charlie Chaplin, will have its west coast re-premiere during the 46th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood California over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-6, 2010

Chaplin is officially credited with appearing in thirty-five films during his year at Keystone in 1914, but he claimed in various interviews that he had also played bit roles as a cop and a barber while at the studio--but he did not name the films, and although there has been some speculation about the possibility of additional Chaplin-Keystone appearances, none has turned up until now. Film collector Paul Gierucki found a 16mm film print in a trunk at a Taylor, Michigan, antique store last year. "I could tell it was a Keystone comedy,
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