Anthony Mann


Director
Anthony Mann

About

Also Known As
Emil Anton Bundsmann, Anton Bundsmann, Anton Mann
Birth Place
San Diego, California, USA
Born
June 30, 1906
Died
April 29, 1967
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

New York actor who went to Hollywood in the early 1940s and, after making a series of skillful and enjoyable B-films ("Dr. Broadway" 1942, "The Great Flamarion" 1945), eventually emerged as one of the leading directors of his day. Beginning with "Desperate" (1947), Mann directed a cycle of taut films noirs that displayed an immaculate visual style and introduced one of the director's fav...

Photos & Videos

The Far Country - Movie Poster
The Naked Spur - Movie Poster
The Black Book - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

Sarita Montiel
Wife
Actor. Second wife; married 1956-63.

Biography

New York actor who went to Hollywood in the early 1940s and, after making a series of skillful and enjoyable B-films ("Dr. Broadway" 1942, "The Great Flamarion" 1945), eventually emerged as one of the leading directors of his day. Beginning with "Desperate" (1947), Mann directed a cycle of taut films noirs that displayed an immaculate visual style and introduced one of the director's favorite themes: the intelligent, thoughtful man who is driven to violence. Of these films, "T-Men," "Raw Deal" (both 1948) and "Border Incident" (1949) stand out.

Mann then turned to Westerns, making a number of films that are often cited as among the genre's highest achievements. Classics such as "Winchester '73" (1950), "Bend of the River" and "The Naked Spur" (both 1952) are noted for their well-crafted screenplays (often by Borden Chase), effective use of landscape and gritty violence. Starring in all three of these was James Stewart, who also appeared in several of the director's non-Western movies, notably "The Glenn Miller Story" (1953).

Mann's final films were sprawling, big-budget productions such as "El Cid" (1961) and "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964), which remain among the more intelligent and absorbing period spectacles Hollywood has produced. He died during the filming of the spy thriller "A Dandy in Aspic" (1968), which was completed by the film's star, Laurence Harvey. Married to actress Sarita Montiel from 1956 to 1963.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Heroes of Telemark (1966)
Director
The Heroes of Telemark (To Be Deleted) (1965)
Director
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Director
El Cid (1961)
Director
Spartacus (1960)
Director of Libyan slave camp scenes
Cimarron (1960)
Director
Man of the West (1958)
Director
God's Little Acre (1958)
Director
The Tin Star (1957)
Director
Men in War (1957)
Director
The Last Frontier (1956)
Director
Serenade (1956)
Director
The Far Country (1955)
Director
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Director
Strategic Air Command (1955)
Director
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Director
The Naked Spur (1953)
Director
Thunder Bay (1953)
Director
Bend of the River (1952)
Director
Quo Vadis (1951)
2nd Unit Director
The Tall Target (1951)
Director
Winchester '73 (1950)
Director
The Furies (1950)
Director
Devil's Doorway (1950)
Director
Side Street (1950)
Director
The Black Book (1949)
Director
Border Incident (1949)
Director
Raw Deal (1948)
Director
T-Men (1948)
Director
Desperate (1947)
Director
Railroaded! (1947)
Director
Strange Impersonation (1946)
Director
The Bamboo Blonde (1946)
Director
Two O'Clock Courage (1945)
Director
Sing Your Way Home (1945)
Director
The Great Flamarion (1945)
Director
My Best Gal (1944)
Director
Strangers in the Night (1944)
Director
Atlantic City (1944)
2nd Unit Director
Nobody's Darling (1943)
Director
Dr. Broadway (1942)
Director
Moonlight in Havana (1942)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Follow Me Quietly (1949)
Story
Desperate (1947)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Company
God's Little Acre (1958)
Company
Men in War (1957)
Company

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Far Country - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Far Country (1955). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Naked Spur - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Naked Spur (1953). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Black Book - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Walter Wanger's The Black Book (1949, aka Reign of Terror), starring Robert Cummings. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Desperate - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Desperate (1947), starring Steve Brodie and Audrey Long and directed by Anthony Mann. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
El Cid - Pressbook
Here is the a campaign book (pressbook) for El Cid (1961). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Border Incident - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Border Incident (1949), starring Ricardo Montalban and directed by Anthony Mann. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Side Street - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Side Street (1950), starring Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Devil's Doorway - Behind-the-Scenes Still
Here is a still photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Devil's Doorway (1950), starring Marshall Thompson and Paula Raymond, and directed by Anthony Mann.
T-Men - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from T-Men (1948), directed by Anthony Mann. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Follow Me Quietly (1949) - They're Twins With Two Heads Discouraged cop Grant (William Lundigan) is moderately surprised to see Ann (Dorothy Patrick), reporter for a low-rent crime magazine, spicily dressed and awaiting him in his apartment, and decides to test her determination, in Follow Me Quietly, 1949, directed by Richard Fleischer, from a script originated by Anthony Mann.
Border Incident - Open, Braceros Opening credit sequence for director Anthony Mann's Border Incident, 1949, with Ricardo Montalban, followed by newsy narration about migrant "Braceros," cinematography by John Alton.
Border Incident (1949) - I Can Be Very Impatient From a grisly depiction of undocumented Mexican “braceros” robbed and murdered entering the U.S. looking for work, director Anthony Mann follows John C. Higgins’ script into plain exposition, introducing George Murphy and Ricardo Montalban as Rodriguez and Bearnes, Harry Antrim and Martin Garralaga their bosses, in Border Incident, 1949.
Border Incident (1949) - How Can Business Be Bad? Howard Da Silva as American Parkson, leader of a ring that smuggles in exploited workers from Mexico, calls his contacts (Sig Ruman, Arnold Moss), who are then visited by undercover American agent Bearnes (George Murphy), whose mission is to plant stolen immigration permits, in director Anthony Mann’s Border Incident, 1949.
Border Incident (1949) - This Man Is Not A Bracero With his cover blown, Mexican agent Pablo (Ricardo Montalban) claims he's a fugitive trying to leave the country, under questioning from Ulrich (Sig Ruman) in Anthony Mann's Border Incident, 1949.
Bend Of The River (1952) - Having A Little Trouble? Trail guide McClintock (James Stewart) visits Portland where his buddy Cole (Arthur Kennedy) has signed on with the saloon, along with would-be settler Laura (Julie Adams), but they re-unite when supplier Hendricks (Howard Petrie) makes trouble, gambler Wilson (Rock Hudson) offering backup, in Anthony Mann's Bend Of The River, 1952.
Follow Me Quietly (1949) - Editor Lives To Tell Taking a new call on their current case, we learn here that “The Judge” is a serial killer, as cops Grant and Collins (William Lundigan, Jeff Corey) arrive to interrogate newspaper editor McGill (Frank Ferguson), who recounts his attack, in Follow Me Quietly, 1949.
Desperate (1947) - We Were Gonna Celebrate Two consecutive high points for Audrey Long as innocent Ann, expecting to celebrate her four-month anniversary with war-hero truck-driver husband Steve (Steve Brodie), who was an unwilling participant in a robbery gone wrong, now on the run, early in director Anthony Mann’s Desperate, 1947.
Desperate (1947) - Some Junk For The County Fair The kindly sheriff who was about to take fugitives Steve and Ann (Steve Brodie, Audrey Long) into custody conveniently crashed into a tree, so they move on to their next conveyance, and a famous shot from director Anthony Mann with George E. Diskant’s camera, headed for her family farm, in Desperate, 1947.
Desperate (1947) - It's An Easy Job Ann (Audrey Long) with neighbor (Carol Forman) considers telling trucker husband Steve (Steve Brodie) she's pregnant, he arrives, calls Reynolds (William Challeee), secretly representing thug Walt (Raymond Burr), early in Anthony Mann's Desperate, 1947.
Winchester '73 - The Gun That Won The West Opening the first in the series of seminal Westerns directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart who, with sidekick Millard Mitchell, rides into Dodge City on the day of the nation's centennial, meeting a chilled out Will Geer and fuming Shelley Winters, in Winchester '73, 1950.
Winchester '73 - Shiloh And Bull Run Lin and High Spade (James Stewart, Millard Mitchell) continuing their trek at night, encounter Indians, then Cavalry commanded by Wilkes (Jay C. Flippen), also acquaintance Lola (Shelley Winters) and her beau Steve (Charles Drake), trouble brewing, in Anthony Mann's Winchester '73, 1950.

Trailer

Winchester '73 - (Re-issue Trailer) A man (James Stewart) combs the West in search of his stolen rifle. Co-starring Shelley Winters. Directed by Anthony Mann.
Cimarron (1960) - (Original Trailer) A pioneer couple plays a major role in the settling of Oklahoma in Cimarron (1960), directed by Anthony Mann and starring Glenn Ford & Maria Schell.
God's Little Acre - (Original Trailer) A dirt-farmer lets his family fall apart while he hunts for his grandfather's buried gold in God's Little Acre (1958).
Devil's Doorway - (Original Trailer) A Native American Civil War hero (Robert Taylor) returns home to fight for his people. Directed by Anthony Mann.
Bend of the River - (Original Trailer) A westerner (James Stewart) with a questionable past leads a wagon train into the Oregon territory in Bend of the River (1952) co-starring Rock Hudson and Arthur Kennedy, directed by Anthony Mann.
Far Country, The -- (Original Trailer) Two cowboys on the road to Alaska help a wagon train in trouble in Anthony Mann's The Far Country (1955) starring James Stewart.
Naked Spur, The -- (Original Trailer) A captive outlaw uses psychological tactics to prey on a bounty hunter in The Naked Spur (1953), directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh.
Side Street - (Original Trailer) Farley Granger is a New York City mailman who is chased by both cops and crooks when he steals a shipment of dirty money in Side Street (1949).
Sing Your Way Home - (Original Trailer) A war correspondent (Jack Haley) assembles young European entertainers to put on a show for the troops in Sing Your Way Home (1945) directed by Anthony Mann.
Border Incident - (Original Trailer) Police try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket in Border Incident (1949) starring Ricardo Montalban.
Tin Star, The - (Original Trailer) An experienced bounty hunter (Henry Fonda) helps a young sheriff (Anthony Perkins) learn the meaning of his badge in Anthony Mann's The Tin Star (1957).
Thunder Bay - (Original Trailer) James Stewart wants to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Local shrimp fishermen say no, violently in Anthony Mann's Thunder Bay (1953).

Companions

Sarita Montiel
Wife
Actor. Second wife; married 1956-63.

Bibliography