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Victor Fleming
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Best remembered for the iconic classics Gone with the Wind (1939) and The Wizard of Oz (1939) to the silver screen, Victor Fleming also counted successful films such as Red Dust (1932), Captains Courageous (1937), Test Pilot (1939), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), and the groundbreaking Joan of Arc (1948) among his more than forty directing credits. One of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood's golden age, Fleming (1889--1949) was renowned for his ability to make films across a wide range of genres. In Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, author Michael Sragow paints a comprehensive portrait of the talented and charismatic man who helped create enduring screen personas for stars such as Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Gary Cooper.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Real Rhett Butler
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 1. Born in a Tent
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 2. Cars, Camera, Action!
  2. pp. 24-40
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  1. 3. The Importance of Shooting Doug
  2. pp. 41-54
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  1. 4. In Manhattan for the Great War
  2. pp. 55-65
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  1. 5. Filming the Conquering Hero: With Wilson in Europe
  2. pp. 66-74
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  1. 6. The Importance of Directing Doug
  2. pp. 75-85
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  1. 7. Scaling Paramount Pictures
  2. pp. 86-98
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  1. 8. Courage and Clara Bow
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. 9. A Lost Epic: The Rough Riders
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. 10. From The Way of All Flesh to Abie's Irish Rose
  2. pp. 130-144
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  1. 11. Creating Gary Cooper
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. 12. A Woman's Film and a Man's Adventure at Fox
  2. pp. 159-175
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  1. 13. Guiding Gable in Red Dust
  2. pp. 176-196
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  1. 14. Pioneering the Screwball Comedy: Jean Harlow in Bombshell
  2. pp. 197-209
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  1. 15. Treasure Island
  2. pp. 210-219
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  1. 16. Introducting Henry Fonda, Farewell to Jean Harlow
  2. pp. 220-229
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  1. 17. Bagging Game on Safari, Losing The Good Earth
  2. pp. 230-234
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  1. 18. Spencer Tracy and Captains Courageous
  2. pp. 235-255
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  1. 19. Test Pilot
  2. pp. 256-269
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  1. 20. Salvaging The Great Waltz
  2. pp. 270-281
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  1. 21. Putting Oz into The Wizard of Oz
  2. pp. 282-315
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  1. 22. Saving Tara and Gone With the Wind
  2. pp. 316-355
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  1. 23. Dr.. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  2. pp. 356-374
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  1. 24. The Yearling That Wasn't
  2. pp. 375-384
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  1. 25. Bonhomie in Bel-Air and Tortilla Flat
  2. pp. 385-400
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  1. 26. World War II with Tears: A Guy Named Joe
  2. pp. 401-424
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  1. 27. A Confounding Political Life
  2. pp. 425-435
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  1. 28. One Last Adventure at MGM
  2. pp. 436-445
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  1. 29. Ingrid Bergman and Joan of Arc
  2. pp. 446-489
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  1. 30. Death in the Desert
  2. pp. 490-500
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  1. Afterword: A Great American Movie Director
  2. pp. 501-506
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 507-514
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 515-580
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 581-596
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 597-612
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 613-645
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  1. Errata
  2. pp. 646-652
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  1. About the Series, Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 653-654
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 664-695
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