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Joseph Schildkraut (1896-1964)

  1. Tulio Carminati, Safari, 1939.   Paramount wanted to loan the cultuivated Austrian for the game-hunting millionaire Baron de Courland. In 1958, Schildkraut filmed his most famous stage rôle for Fox: Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank.  
  2. Cary Grant, People Will Talk, 1951.    Back in the early 40s, the Vienna-born actor and Columbia chased the rights to Curt Goetz's successful play.  Instead, Goetz directed and starred in his own version, Frauenarzt Dr Prtorius, the first major German film released after WW II in January 1951, seven months before Joseph L Mankiewicz’s Hollywood premiere - which led to Grant finally concreting his his hand-and footprints outside Graumann’s Chinese Theatre.  
  3. Jerry Lewis, The Day The Clown Cried, 1972.      Anne Frank’s screen father tried hard to make this drama of a German clown keeping kids amused... in Auschwitz. Milton Berle, Bobby Darin and Dick Van Dyke also tried. Jerry felt the whole world conspired against his (never released) version. It was called - take your choice - unwatchable/never finished/never seen/buried in his vault/in litigation/out to lunch. “Perfect”- in its awfulness!” said actor Harry Shearer. “Like a student film,” said producer Jim Wright. Not even Steven Spielberg offered to re-make it.



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