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Man of Conflict

Man of Conflict(1953)

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The working title of this film was My Dad, J. R.. Although the onscreen credits contain a copyright statement, the film is not listed in the Copyright Catalog. Ryder Sound Services, Inc. is credited only as Ryder Services onscreen. The Motion Picture Herald Prod Digest review incorrectly gives the picture's running time as 88 minutes. The film marked Hal R. Makelim's producing and directorial debut. A New York Times article noted the following about the production: The film was shot in twelve days, and Makelim funded the production with his own money. Due to the low operating budget, Makelim reportedly gave "profit participation interests in the film to some of the players, to Harold Stine, the cinematographer, and envelopes to all the crew containing ten-dollar bills."
       In addition, Makelim placed a December 15, 1952 advertisement in local trade papers thanking his cast and crew for their work, and listing the following crew members, most of whom did not receive onscreen credits: Lester Shorr, Fred Kuhn, H. Levy, Seymour Hofberg, Polly Craus, Jack Welch, Dick Kline, Ralph Clement, C. C. Ackerman, Robert Lawrence, Pete Cologne, Jane Romeyn, Louie Van Den Ecker, Ernie King, Dick Salyer, Joe Farquhar, Max Miller, Arlie Paul, Jean L. Speaks, David Newell, Jack Lannan, Art Smith, Al Boie, Earl Martin, Bob Quick, Wm. Simbro, James J. Vaiana, Kenny Wessen, Ray Ammons, Florence Maher, George Marquenie, Wayne Neff, Mildred Duncan, R. L. Buddie, O. Beckett, Vernon Keays, Henry Ogilvie, A. Caldwell, John Vaiana, James Almond, Louis Germonprez, Frank Green, Bert Cornelius, Harry Peale, Bill Croft, F. Milliken, Bessie Epstein, Alex P. Kahle, A. Pettebone, Rex Brown, Clarence Steensen, Theo Marshall, Ralph Berger, Levi Williams, Les Schoenhiet and William Shea.
       Although a Daily Variety news item noted that Arnsworth Distributing Corp. was slated to distribute Man of Conflict, the Variety review indicated that distribution was handled through producer Makelim's distribution company, Atlas Pictures Co. A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Makelim arranged for screenings at sixty-eight U.S. Army installations prior to the general theatrical release.