erik lundegaard

Thursday June 09, 2022

Why 'Night and the City' Got Made

“[Darryl] Zanuck's attitude toward the blacklist was sublimated fury, if only because someone was basically telling him who he could and could not hire. The director Jules Dassin was among the people about to be blacklisted, and Spyros Skouras, the new chairman of 20th Century-Fox, wanted him off the lot. Zanuck showed up at Dassin's house one night, which took Dassin by complete surprise. 'Coming to my house was like visiting the tenements, because I lived on the wrong side of town. He said, ”Get out. Get out fast. Here's a book. You're going to London. Get a screenplay as fast as you can and start shooting the most expensive scenes. Then they [the New York office] might let you finish it.“ That was Night and the City.... I really respected the guy.'”

-- from “20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio” by Scott Eyman

Posted at 02:12 PM on Thursday June 09, 2022 in category What Liberal Hollywood?  
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