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Also Known As: Joseph Aloysius Dwan Died: December 21, 1981
Born: April 3, 1885 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, editor, scenario editor, lighting engineer, production supervisor, professor, football coach

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Dwan's first job was as a lighting engineer for the Peter Cooper Hewitt Company, where he helped develop a forerunner of the neon tube known as the mercury vapor arc. He became intrigued by "those silly things called movies" while supervising the installation of some arcs at Essanay studios, asked about the stories the filmmakers used, and proceeded to sell them 15 he had written at college. Essanay then offered him a job as scenario editor.

Dwan's first job was as a lighting engineer for the Peter Cooper Hewitt Company, where he helped develop a forerunner of the neon tube known as the mercury vapor arc. He became intrigued by "those silly things called movies" while supervising the installation of some arcs at Essanay studios, asked about the stories the filmmakers used, and proceeded to sell them 15 he had written at college. Essanay then offered him a job as scenario editor.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Enchanted Island (1958) Director
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  The Restless Breed (1957) Director
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  The River's Edge (1957) Director
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  Slightly Scarlet (1956) Director
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  Hold Back the Night (1956) Director
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  Escape to Burma (1955) Director
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  Tennessee's Partner (1955) Director
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  Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 This Is Korea! (1951) Narrator
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Immigrated to USA while still in school
1911:
Film directing debut, "Brandishing a Bad Man"
1915:
First used dolly shot in "David Harum"

Education

University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame , Indiana - 1907

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wife:
Pauline Bush. Actor. Married in 1915; divorced in 1921.
wife:
Marie Shelton. Married from 1922 until her death in 1954.

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