Category Archives: Hollywood Character Arcs

Hollywood Character Arcs ~ The Heiress

  Mic-dropping over how dazzling Olivia de Havilland’s portrayal is of Catherine Sloper in The Heiress is too easy, not because there’s no “there” there, but because the part is so well-scripted, -directed, and -acted, it—and de Havilland’s Academy Award®; … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ 12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men Released April 13, 1957 United Artists 96 minutes Screenplay: Reginald Rose, based on his teleplay Director: Sidney Lumet Stars: Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, Sr., Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall Adding Character: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ M

M Released May 11, 1931 Nero-Film AG 110 minutes Screenplay: Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang Director: Fritz Lang Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Otto Wernicke Adding Character: Inge Landgut, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Gründgens, Friedrich Gnaß, Fritz Odemar, Paul Kemp … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ White Heat

White Heat Released September 3, 1949 Warner Bros. 114 minutes Screenplay: Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, based on a story by Virginia Kellogg Director: Raoul Walsh Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien Adding Character: Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven Released December 20, 1945 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation 110 minutes Screenplay: Jo Swerling, based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams Director: John M. Stahl Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde Adding … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ The Searchers

The Searchers Released March 13, 1956 Warner Bros. 119 minutes Screenplay: Frank S. Nugent & Alan Le May, from the Alan Le May novel Director: John Ford Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood Adding Character: Ward Bond, Vera Miles, … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ On Dangerous Ground

On Dangerous Ground Released December 17, 1951 RKO PicturesWord 82 minutes Screenplay: A.I. Bezzerides; based on the novel Mad with Much Heart by Gerald Butler Adaptation: A.I. Bezzerides and Nicholas Ray Directors: Nicholas Ray; Ida Lupino (uncredited) Stars: Robert Ryan, … Continue reading

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