Dana ANDREWS | Carver Dana Andrews
* 01.01.1909, Collins, Mississippi, USA † 17.12.1992, Los Alamitos, California, USA

Schauspieler * Besuch des Sam Houston State Teachers' College, Texas * 1930-31 Buchhalter bei der Gulf Refining Company und bei Tobins Inc. * 1931 trampt nach Los Angeles, um Fuß im Showgeschäft zu fassen * 1935 Gesangsausbildung * 1936-38 Schauspielunterricht am Pasadena Community Playhouse * 1939-50 arbeitet für Samuel Goldwyn und 20th Century Fox - einer der ersten Schauspieler unter split contract [Doppel-Vertrag] * 1939/40 Filmdebüt in The Westerner * 1942 erster Erfolg mit The Ox-Bow Incident * Mitte der 40er Jahre erlebt den Höhepunkt seiner Karriere * ab 1958 Gaststar in verschiedenen TV-Serien * 1963-65 Präsident der Screen Actors Guild * 1969-70 wirkt in soap opera Bright Promise mit | Foto: Studioportrait
FILMS

The Westerner (Der Westerner, 1939/40-USA; R: William Wyler, B: Jo Swerling, Niven Busch, K: Gregg Toland, ML: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Fred Stone, Doris Davenport / Dana Andrews: Bart Cobble) 100m-Western (11-?/+02; 4009)

Sailor's Lady (1940-USA; R: Allan Dwan, B: Frederick Hazlitt Brennan; Lou Breslow, Owen Francis, K: Ernest Palmer, ML: Samuel Kaylin, D: Nancy Kelly, Jon Hall, Joan Davis, Dana Andrews: Scrappy Wilson) 67m-Komödie (01-02; 4007)

Lucky Cisco Kid (1940-USA; R: H. Bruce Humberstone, B: Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, K: Lucien Andriot, ML: Cyril J. Mockridge, D: Cesar Romero, Mary Beth Hughes, Dana Andrews: Sergeant Dunn) 67m-Western (02-03; 4006)

Kit Carson (Rote Teufel um Kit Carson, 1940-USA; R: George B. Seitz, B: George Bruce, K: John Mescall, Robert Pittack, D: Jon Hall, Lynn Bari, Dana Andrews: John C. Fremont) 97m-Western (05-?; 4008)

Tobacco Road (Tabakstraße, 1940-USA; R: John Ford, B: Nunnally Johnson, K: Arthur Miller, M: David Buttolph, D: Charley Grapewin, Marjorie Rambeau, Gene Tierney, William Tracy, Dana Andrews: Dr. Tim) 84m-Tragikomödie (Roman von Erskine Caldwell) (11-12; 4102)

Belle Starr (1941-USA; R: Irving Cummings, B: Lamar Trotti, K: Ernest Palmer, Ray Rennahan, M: Alfred Newman, D: Randolph Scott, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews: Major Thomas Crail) 87m-Western (04-05/+06; 4109)

Swamp Water (In den Sümpfen, 1941-USA; R: Jean Renoir, B: Dudley Nichols, K: J. Peverell Marley, M: David Buttolph, D: Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews: Ben Ragan) 90m-Thriller (Roman von Vereen Bell) (07-09; 4111)

Ball of Fire (1941-USA * Howard Hawks ... Joe Lilac) (08-10; 4112)

Berlin Correspondent (1942-USA; R: Eugene Forde, B: Steve Fisher, Jack Andrews, K: Virgil Miller, ML: Emil Newman, D: Virginia Gilmore, Dana Andrews: Bill Roberts) 70m-Melodram (05-06; 4209)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1942-USA * William A. Wellman ... Donald Martin) (Roman von Walter Van Tilburg Clark) (06-08; 4305)

Crash Dive (1942-USA; R: Archie L. Mayo, B: Jo Swerling, K: Leon Shamroy, M: David Buttolph, D: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews: Lt. Comm. Dewey Connors) 105m-Kriegsmelodram (07-11; 4305)

The North Star / Armored Attack (1943-USA; R: Lewis Milestone, B: Lillian Hellman, K: James Wong Howe, M: Aaron Copland, D: Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews: Kolja) 105m-Kriegsdrama (02-07; 4311)

Up in Arms (1943-USA; R: Elliott Nugent, B: Don Hartman, Allen Boretz, Robert Pirosh, K: Ray Rennahan, ML: Louis Forbes, D: Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, Dana Andrews: Joe Nelson) 106m-Musikkomödie (06-09; 4402)

The Purple Heart (1943/44-USA; R: Lewis Milestone, B: Jerome Cady, K: Arthur Miller, M: Alfred Newman, D: Dana Andrews: Harvey Ross, Richard Conte, Farley Granger, Kevin O'Shea, Don Barry, Trudy Marshall, Sam Levene) 99m-Actiondrama (10-01; 4403)

Wing and a Prayer (1944-USA; R: Henry Hathaway, B: Jerome Cady, K: Glen MacWilliams, M: Hugo Friedhofer, D: Don Ameche, Dana Andrews: Edward Moulton) 96/8m-Kriegsaction (02-04/+06; 4407)

Laura (Laura, 1944-USA; R: Otto Preminger, B: Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty/Elizabeth Reinhardt, K: Joseph LaShelle, M: David Raksin, D: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews: Mark McPherson) 85m-Krimi (Roman von Vera Caspary) (04-06; 4410)

A Walk in the Sun (Landung in Salerno, 1944/45-USA; R: Lewis Milestone, B: Robert Rossen, K: Russell Harlan, M: Freddie Rich, D: Dana Andrews: Sergeant Tyne, Richard Conte) 117m-Kriegsfilm (Roman von Harry Brown) (10-01; 4601)

State Fair (Jahrmarkt der Liebe, 1945-USA; R: Walter Lang, B: Oscar Hammerstein II; Sonya Levien, Paul Green, K: Leon Shamroy, ML: Alfred Newman, D: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews: Pat Gilbert, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine) 100m-Musical (Roman von Philip Stong) (01-03/+04; 4508)

Fallen Angel (Mord in der Hochzeitsnacht, 1945-USA; R: Otto Preminger, B: Harry Kleiner, K: Joseph LaShelle, M: David Raksin, D: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews: Eric Stanton, Linda Darnell) 97m-Krimidrama (Roman von Marty Holland) (05-06; 4512)

Canyon Passage (1945-USA * Jacques Tourneur ... Logan Stuart) (Roman von Ernest Haycox) (08-12; 4607)

The Best Years of Our Lives (Die besten Jahre unseres Lebens, 1946-USA; R: William Wyler, B: Robert E. Sherwood, K: Gregg Toland, M: Hugo Friedhofer, D: Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews: Fred Derry, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo) 168m-Drama (Roman von MacKinlay Kantor) (04-08; 4611)

Boomerang! (Bumerang, 1946-USA; R: Elia Kazan, B: Richard Murphy, K: Norbert Brodine, M: David Buttolph, D: Dana Andrews: Henry L. Harvey, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb) 88m-Krimidrama (09-11; 4701)

Night Song (1947-USA; R: John Cromwell, B: Frank Fenton, Dick Irving Hyland; DeWitt Bodeen, K: Lucien Ballard, M: Leith Stevens, D: Dana Andrews: Dan Evans * Merle Oberon * Ethel Barrymore) 102m-Melodram (03-06; 4801)

Daisy Kenyon (Daisy Kenyon, 1947-USA; R: Otto Preminger, B: David Hertz, K: Leon Shamroy, M: David Raksin, D: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews: Dan O'Mara, Henry Fonda) 100m-Melodram (Roman von Elizabeth Janeway) (06-08; 4712)

Deep Waters (1947-USA; R: Henry King, B: Richard Murphy, K: Joseph LaShelle, M: Cyril J. Mockridge, D: Dana Andrews: Hod Stilwell, Jean Peters) 85/8m-Drama (Roman von Ruth Moore) (09-11; 4807)

The Iron Curtain (1947/48-USA; R: William A. Wellman, B: Milton Krims, K: Charles G. Clarke, ML: Alfred Newman, D: Dana Andrews: Igor Guzenko, Gene Tierney) 87m-Biografie (11-01; 4805)

No Minor Vices (Ein Mann zuviel, 1948-USA; R: Lewis Milestone, B: Arnold Manoff, K: George Barnes, M: Franz Waxman, D: Dana Andrews: Perry Aswell, Lilli Palmer, Louis Jourdan) 96m-Komödie (03-05; 4811)

Britannia Mews (1948-GB; R: Jean Negulesco, B: Ring Lardner, Jr, K: Georges Perinal, M: Malcolm Arnold, D: Dana Andrews: Henry Lambert/Gilbert Lauderdale, Maureen O'Hara) 91m-Drama (Roman von Margery Sharp) (07-10; 4902)

Sword in the Desert (Schwert in der Wüste, 1949-USA; R: George Sherman, B: Robert Buckner, K: Irving Glassberg, M: Frank Skinner, D: Dana Andrews: Mike Dillon, Marta Toren, Stephen McNally, Jeff Chandler) 100m-Action (02-04/05; 4908)

My Foolish Heart (Angst vor der Schande, 1949-USA; R: Mark Robson, B: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, K: Lee Garmes, M: Victor Young, D: Dana Andrews: Walt Dreiser, Susan Hayward) 99m-Liebesfilm (06-07; 4912)

Edge of Doom (Auf des Schicksals Schneide, 1949/50-USA; R: Mark Robson, B: Philip Yordan, K: Harry Stradling, M: Hugo Friedhofer, D: Dana Andrews: Pater Roth, Farley Granger, Joan Evans) 99m-Kriegsdrama (Roman von Leo Brady) (11-01; 5008)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Faustrecht der Großstadt, 1950-USA; R: Otto Preminger, B: Ben Hecht; Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg, Robert E. Kent, K: Joseph LaShelle, M: Cyril J. Mockridge, D: Dana Andrews: Mark Dixon, Gene Tierney) 95m-Krimi (Roman von William L. Stuart) (01-03; 5007)

Sealed Cargo (1950-USA; R: Alfred L. Werker, B: Dale Van Every, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Roy Huggins, K: George E. Diskant, M: Roy Webb, D: Dana Andrews: Pat Bannon, Carla Balenda, Claude Rains) 90m-Kriegsdrama (Roman von Edmund Gilligan) (08-10; 5105)

The Frogmen (Froschmänner, 1950/51-USA; R: Lloyd Bacon, B: John Tucker Battle, K: Norbert Brodine, M: Cyril J. Mockridge, D: Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews: Jake Flannigan, Gary Merrill) 96m-Kriegsfilm (12-03; 5105)

I Want You (Im Sturm der Zeit, 1951-USA; R: Mark Robson, B: Irwin Shaw, K: Harry Stradling, M: Leigh Harline, D: Dana Andrews: Martin Greer, Dorothy McGuire, Farley Granger, Peggy Dow) 102m-Drama (06-08; 5112)

Assignment - Paris (Budapest antwortet nicht, 1952-USA; R: Robert Parrish, B: William Bowers; Walter Goetz, Jack Palmer White, K: Burnett Guffey, Ray Cory, M: George Duning, D: Dana Andrews: Jimmy Race, Marta Toren, George Sanders, Audrey Totter) 84m-Spionagefilm (5210)

Elephant Walk (Elefantenpfad, 1953-USA; R: William Dieterle, B: John Lee Mahin, K: Loyal Griggs, M: Franz Waxman, D: Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews: Dick Carver, Peter Finch) 103m-Abenteuerdrama (Roman von Robert Standish) (02-05; 5406)

Duel in the Jungle (Duell im Dschungel, 1953-GB; R: George Marshall, B: Sam Marx, T.J. Morrison, K: Erwin Hillier, M: Mischa Spoliansky, D: Dana Andrews: Scott Walters, Jeanne Crain, David Farrar) 101m-Abenteuer (08-12; 5406)

Three Hours to Kill (Drei Stunden Zeit, 1954-USA; R: Alfred L. Werker, B: Richard Alan Simmons, Roy Huggins; Maxwell Shane, K: Charles Lawton, Jr, M: Paul Sawtell, D: Dana Andrews: Jim Guthrie, Donna Reed) 78m-Western (01-02; 5409)

Smoke Signal (Rauchsignale, 1954-USA; R: Jerry Hopper, B: George F. Slavin, George W. George, K: Clifford Stine, MS: Joseph Gershenson, D: Dana Andrews: Brett Halliday, Piper Laurie) 88m-Western (05-07; 5502)

Strange Lady in Town (Aus dem Leben einer Ärztin, 1954-USA; R: Mervyn LeRoy, B: Frank Butler, K: Harold Rosson, M: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: Greer Garson, Dana Andrews: Rork O'Brien) 112m-Westerndrama (08-10/11; 5504)

While the City Sleeps (1955-USA * Fritz Lang ... Edward Mobley) (Roman von Charles Einstein) (07-08; 5605)

Comanche (Um jeden Preis, 1955-USA; R: George Sherman, B: Carl Krueger, K: Jorge Stahl, Jr, M: Herschel Burke Gilbert, D: Dana Andrews: Jim Reed, Kent Smith, Linda Cristal) 87m-Western (08-10; 5603)

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Jenseits allen Zweifels, 1956-USA; R: Fritz Lang, B: Douglas Morrow, K: William Snyder, M: Herschel Burke Gilbert, D: Dana Andrews: Tom Garrett, Joan Fontaine) 80m-Krimi (03-04; 5609)

Spring Reunion (1956-USA; R: Robert Pirosh, B: Robert Pirosh, Elick Moll, K: Harold Lipstein, M: Herbert Spencer, Earle Hagen, D: Dana Andrews: Fred Davis, Betty Hutton, Jean Hagen) 79m-Drama (06-07; 5703)

Night of the Demon (Der Fluch des Dämonen, 1956-GB; R: Jacques Tourneur, B: Charles Bennett, Hal E. Chester, K: Ted/Edward Scaife, M: Clifton Parker, D: Dana Andrews: John Holden, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis) 87m-Horror (11-12; 5712)

Zero Hour! (714 antwortet nicht, 1957-USA; R: Hall Bartlett, B: Arthur Hailey, Hall Bartlett, John Champion, K: John F. Warren, M: Ted Dale, D: Dana Andrews: Ted Stryker, Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden) 81m-Thriller (05/+07; 5711)

Enchanted Island (1957-USA; R: Allan Dwan, B: James Leicester, Harold Jacob Smith, K: Jorge Stahl, Jr, M: Raul Lavista, D: Dana Andrews: Abner Bedford, Jane Powell) 93m-Abenteuerdrama (Roman von Herman Melville) (11-12; 5811)

The Fearmakers (Die Angstmacher, 1958-USA; R: Jacques Tourneur, B: Elliot West, Chris Appley, K: Sam Leavitt, M: Irving Gertz, D: Dana Andrews: Alan Eaton, Dick Foran) 83m-Krimi (Roman von Darwin L. Teilhet) (5810)

The Crowded Sky (SOS für Flug T 17, 1959-USA; R: Joseph Pevney, B: Charles Schnee, K: Harry Stradling, M: Leonard Rosenman, D: Dana Andrews: Dick Barnett, Rhonda Fleming) 105m-Actiondrama (Roman von Hank Searls) (10-11; 6008)

Madison Avenue (1961-USA; R: H. Bruce Humberstone, B: Norman Corwin, K: Charles G. Clarke, M: Harry Sukman, D: Dana Andrews: Clint Lorimer, Eleanor Parker, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert) 94m-Drama (Roman von Jeremy Kirk) (6201)

The Satan Bug (1964-USA * John Sturges ... General) (Roman von Alistair MacLean) (6504)

Crack in the World (Ein Riß in der Welt, 1964-USA; R: Andrew Marton, B: Jon Manchip White, Julian Halevy, K: Manuel Berenguer, M: Johnny Douglas, D: Dana Andrews: Stephen Sorensen, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Alexander Knox) 96m-Science-Fiction (6502)

In Harm's Way (Erster Sieg, 1964-USA; R: Otto Preminger, B: Wendell Mayes, K: Loyal Griggs, M: Jerry Goldsmith, D: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Brandon de Wilde, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews: Admiral Broderick & Henry Fonda) 165m-Kriegsdrama (Roman von James Bassett) (06-09; 6504)

Town Tamer (Revolver diskutieren nicht, 1964-USA; R: Lesley Selander, B: Frank Gruber, K: W. Wallace Kelley, M: Jimmie Haskell, D: Dana Andrews: Tom Rosser, Terry Moore, Pat O'Brien) 89m-Western (Roman von Frank Gruber) (6507)

The Loved One (Tod in Hollywood, 1964-USA; R: Tony Richardson, B: Terry Southern, Christopher Isherwood, K: Haskell Wexler, M: John Addison, D: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer, Rod Steiger; Dana Andrews: General Brinkman) 116/23m-Satire (Roman von Evelyn Waugh) (?-12; 6510)

Brainstorm (Das teuflische Spiel, 1965-USA; R: William Conrad, B: Mann Rubin, K: Sam Leavitt, M: George Duning, D: Jeffrey Hunter, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews: Cort Benson, Viveca Lindfors) 114m-Krimi (01-03; 6505)

Berlino - appuntamento per le spie (Das verräterische Auge, 1965-I; R: Vittorio Sala, B: Adriano Baracco, Adriano Bolzoni, Romano Ferrara, K: Fausto Zuccoli, M: Riz Ortolani, D: Brett Halsey, Anna Maria Pierangeli=Pier Angeli, Dana Andrews: Colonel Lancaster) 88/90m-Spionagefilm (6509)

Battle of the Bulge (1965-USA * Ken Annakin ... Colonel Pritchard) (6512)

Johnny Reno (Sheriff Johnny Reno, 1965/66-USA; R: R.G. Springsteen, B: Steve Fisher, K: Harold E. Stine, M: Jimmie Haskell, D: Dana Andrews: Johnny Reno, Jane Russell) 83m-Western (6603)

The Frozen Dead (1966-GB; R+B: Herbert J. Leder, K: Davis Boulton, M: Don Banks, D: Dana Andrews: Dr. Norberg, Anna Palk) 93m-Horror (6610-BBFC)

Hot Rods to Hell / 52 Miles to Midnight (1966-USA; R: John Brahm, B: Robert E. Kent, K: Lloyd Ahern, M/ML: Fred Karger, D: Dana Andrews: Tom Phillips, Jeanne Crain) 92m-Action (06-07; 6702)

Supercolpo da 7 miliardi (Die Milliarden-Super-Masche, 1966-I; R+B: Bitto Albertini, K: Emilio Varriano, M: Nico Fidenco, D: Brad Harris, Elina De Witt, Dana Andrews: George Kimmins) 101/5m-Abenteuer (6702)

Il Cobra / El Cobra (Die Cobra, 1967-I/E; R: Mario Sequi, B: Gumersindo Mollo, K: Claudio Racca, Enrique Toran, M: Anton Garcia Abril, D: Dana Andrews: Chief Kelly, Peter Martell, Anita Ekberg) 98m-Spionagefilm (6703)

I diamanti che nessuno voleva rubare (1967-I; R: Gino Mangini, B: Gino Mangini, Sergio Pisani, Fiorella Ricciardello, Hannes Schmidhauser, K: Angelo Filippini, M: Carlo Rustichelli, D: Jeanne Valerie, Salvo Randone / Dana Andrews: Juwelier) 90m-Thriller (6708)

The Devil's Brigade (1967-USA * Andrew V. McLaglen ... General Walter Naylor) (Buch von Robert H. Adleman, George Walton) (6805)

Innocent Bystanders (Wer zuletzt lebt, lebt am besten, 1972-GB; R: Peter Collinson, B: James Mitchell, K: Brian Probyn, M: Johnny Keating, D: Stanley Baker, Geraldine Chaplin, Donald Pleasence, Dana Andrews: Blake) 111m-Spionagefilm (02-?; 7207-BBFC)

Airport 1975 (Giganten am Himmel, 1974-USA; R: Jack Smight, B: Don Ingalls, K: Philip H. Lathrop, M: John Cacavas, D: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr, Susan Clark / Dana Andrews: Scott Freeman) 106m-Katastrophenthriller (05-06; 7410)

Take a Hard Ride (Einen vor den Latz geknallt, 1974/75-USA; R: Anthony M. Dawson [=Antonio Margheriti], B: Eric Bercovici, Jerry Ludwig, K: Riccardo Pallottini, M: Jerry Goldsmith, D: Jim Brown * Lee Van Cleef * Fred Williamson * Catherine Spaak * Jim Kelly * Barry Sullivan, Dana Andrews: Morgan) 109m-Western (12-?; 7507, LA)

The Last Tycoon (Der letzte Tycoon, 1976-USA; R: Elia Kazan, B: Harold Pinter, K: Victor J. Kemper, M: Maurice Jarre, D: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland, Dana Andrews: Red Ridingwood) 122m-Drama (Roman von F. Scott Fitzgerald) (7611)

Good Guys Wear Black (Black Tiger, 1977-USA; R: Ted Post, B: Bruce Cohn, Mark Medoff, K: Bob Steadman, M: Craig Safan, D: Chuck Norris, Anne Archer, Lloyd Haynes, Dana Andrews: Edgar Harolds) 96m-Actionthriller (03-06; 7805)

Born Again (Die Colson Affäre, 1977/78-USA; R: Irving Rapper, B: Walter Block, K: Harry Stradling, Jr., M: Les Baxter, D: Dean Jones, Anne Francis, Jay Robinson, Dana Andrews: Tom Phillips, Raymond St. Jacques) 110m-Drama (Buch von Charles W. Colson, 1976) (12-02; 7811)

The Pilot (Der Pilot, 1978/79-USA; R: Cliff Robertson, B: Robert P. Davis, K: Walter Lassally, M: John Addison, D: Cliff Robertson, Frank Converse, Diane Baker & Gordon MacRae & Dana Andrews: Randolph Evers) 99m-Drama (Roman von Robert P. Davis) (11-?; 80??)

Prince Jack (1983-USA; R+B: Bert Lovitt, K: Hiro Narita, M: Elmer Bernstein, D: Dana Andrews: Kardinal, Jim Backus, Theodore Bikel, Robert Guillaume, Robert Hogan, James F. Kelly, Kenneth Mars, Cameron Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, William Windom) 100m-Drama (08-?; 8512)

BOOKS

James McKay: Dana Andrews: The Face of Noir. Jefferson: McFarland, 2010

Dana Andrews, arguably the finest minimalist actor of his generation, as one critic commented, could convey more with one look than many actors could with a soliloquy. In a film career spanning nearly five decades, Andrews appeared in some of Hollywood’s most prestigious productions, including The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). His unique screen presence was shown at its best in such film noir classics as Laura (1944) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950). Beginning with an absorbing biographical chapter, this critical survey of Dana Andrews’ screen career features a complete filmography with synopses, reviews, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and insightful comments from Andrews and his coworkers. A chronological list of television, radio and theater credits is included. > 256pp. softcover * 87 photos, notes, appendix, bibliography, index


Carl [E.] Rollyson: Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012

Dana Andrews (1909-1992) worked with distinguished directors such as John Ford, Lewis Milestone, Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, William Wyler, William A. Wellman, Mervyn Le Roy, Jean Renoir, and Elia Kazan. He played romantic leads alongside the great beauties of the modern screen, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson, Merle Oberon, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Maureen O'Hara, and most important of all, Gene Tierney, with whom he shared five films. Retrospectives of his work often elicit high praise for an underrated actor, a master of the minimalist style. His image personified the male mask of the 1940s in classic films such as Laura, Fallen Angel, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, in which he played the masculine ideal of steely impassivity. No comprehensive discussion of film noir can neglect his performances. He was an actor's actor. Here at last is the complete story of a great actor, his difficult struggle to overcome alcoholism while enjoying the accolades of his contemporaries, a successful term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and the love of family and friends that never deserted him. Based on diaries, letters, home movies, and other documents, this biography explores the mystery of a poor boy from Texas who made his Hollywood dream come true even as he sought a life apart from the limelight and the backbiting of contemporaries jockeying for prizes and prestige. Called "one of nature's noblemen" by his fellow actor Norman Lloyd, Dana Andrews emerges from Hollywood Enigma as an admirable American success story, fighting his inner demons and ultimately winning. > xi, 314 p., [24] p. of plates * 61 b&w photographs, filmography, bibliography, index

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