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Allan Dwan

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Net worth 2018: $1.6 Million
Residence: Toronto
Country: United States
BirthDay: 3 April 1885
Sigh: Taurus
Died On: December 28, 1981
Education: University of Notre Dame

Allan Dwan was bornon 3 April 1885 in Toronto, American, is Director. A filmmaker belonging to the era of silent movies, Allan Dwan is touted as an actor’s director. With a background in engineering, he attempted to shoot films more effectively in terms of cost and quality. His ability to visualise a scene in his mind with minute details and then converting them to celluloid, lent a dramatic appearance to his shots. He always followed a logical approach to solve filmmaking problems. The techniques and approaches devised by him went on to become the standard norm later on He is credited for being the first ever director to use equipment such as cranes and dolly back then. The list of movies directed by him includes over 400 movies which comprises of about 300 silent short movies and over a hundred feature films. He’s believed to have contributed as a writer, actor, producer, and director to as many as 1500 movies. His career faltered with the advent of talkies. Though he had a slew of works, this filmmaker never got a chance to work with major projects. He was acknowledged as an actor’s director, since he liked to develop friendly relations with his actors, and always let the actors express their perceptions and views. He became an inspiration for many of the modern day directors. In his interview, book Peter Bogdanovich championed Allan as ‘The Last Pioneer’


He continued working through the fifties and the year 1958 marked an end to his directorial career, with the science fiction movie ‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’


The war movie ‘The Sands of Iwo Jima’, which came out in 1949 was also a block buster and earned Oscar nominations


In 1938-1939, he worked for the famous ‘20th Century Fox’ productions and made movies like ‘Suez’ and ‘Frontier Marshal’


The maverick director bounced back in the year 1937, through the movie ‘Heidi’, which starred the prodigal child Shirley Temple The following year he directed her in the movie ‘Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm’


He then directed actor Douglas Fairbanks for the last time in the movie ‘Iron Mask’, in 1929


He directed her in the 1925 movie ‘Manhandled’, followed by ‘Stage Struck’ the following year


Dwan’s most notable movie with Douglas Fairbanks was the 1922 flick ‘Robin Hood’


This director’s other works in 1916 include the Lillian and Dorothy Gish starrers ‘An Innocent Magdalene’ and ‘Betty of Greystone’


He next worked at the ‘Universal Pictures’ from 1913-1915, where he apparently directed twenty films including flicks like ‘A Girl of Yesterday’, which starred Mary Pickford


In August 1911, during the filming activity of one of the banner’s movies, he was asked to trace the whereabouts of the director


Thus began his tryst with Hollywood, when he submitted his written works to the latter’s studio and was offered a job as the scriptwriter in 1909


Joseph Aloysius Dwan was born in Ontario, Canada on April 3rd 1885

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