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"DWA" 2006 Obituary


DWAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-01 published
DWAN, Allan, 1981 -- Died This Day
Film director born Joseph Aloysius DWAN in Toronto on April 3, After moving to Chicago with his family, he entered Notre Dame University as an engineering student and helped develop a mercury vapour lamp for the Chicago post office. The lamp attracted the attention of film producer G.K. Spoor, who wanted to use it on his movie sets. Mr. DWAN soon learned that he could make money on film scripts, and sold several stories. He worked as a scenario editor, then went to Arizona with new American Film to shoot westerns. Eventually, the company went to California, where he became a director. Among his films were two Douglas Fairbanks adventures, Robin Hood (1922) and The Iron Mask (1929). He also made The Mayor of Hell (1933) with James Cagney, Suez (1938) with Tyrone Power, and Heidi (1937) with Shirley Temple. In the mid-forties, he directed three comedies, Up in Mabel's Room, Brewster's Millions and Getting Gertie's Garter, and then turned to war drama with Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) starring John Wayne. His later films included Tennessee's Partner (1955), which starred Ronald Reagan. He made his last film, The Most Dangerous Man Alive, in 1961. In all, he directed a total of about 450 movies, the most by one person.
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