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|Also Known As:||Died:||July 1, 1999|
|Born:||September 4, 1908||Cause of Death:||heart and kidney failure|
|Birth Place:||Grand Forks, British Columbia, CA||Profession:||Director ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Born in Canada
Moved to California after mother's death (date approximate)
Left home at age 14; supported himself as messenger and office boy at Famous Players-Lasky studios (date approximate)
Became part-time projectionist (date approximate)
Worked at Paramount Studios as projectionist
Began working as a film cutter on Spanish-language versions of Paramount films
First film as editor, "Only Saps Work"
Film directing debut, "The Hawk"
Began to direct regularly for Paramount
Moved to Columbia
Moved to RKO
Signed seven-year contract with RKO; directed first "A"-budget film, "Tender Comrade"
Breakthrough film, "Murder, My Sweet"; also marked first collaboration with producer Adrian Scott and screenwriter John Paxton
Fired from RKO when Dmytryk was named before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC); Dmytryk was cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to testify and became one of the blacklisted "Hollywood Ten"
Moved to England
Began directing films in UK
Returned to US to renew his passport; jailed for contempt of Congress; served six months
Testified before HUAC in April and "named names"
Signed by producer Stanley Kramer to a four-picture contract
Directed first US films in five years, "The Sniper" and "Mutiny", the latter also his first film in color
First producing credit, "The Mountain", which he also directed
Last US film for ten years, "Alvarez Kelly"; over the following decade made a handful of films in Great Britain and Italy
Directed last feature, "He Is My Brother"
Appeared as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary, "Hollywood on Trial"
Published autobiography "It's a Hell of a Life But Not a Bad Living"
Taught film at the University of Texas
Last feature film appearance, "50 Years of Action!", a salute to the Directors Guild of America
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