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Dmytryk was a Canadian-born Jewish-American film director of Ukrainian origins who was among the… [More] Hollywood Ten, a group of blacklisted film industry professionals who served time in prison for being in contempt of Congress during the McCarthy-era red scare. His best known films from the pre-McCarthy period of his career were film noirs “Crossfire,” for which he received a Best Director Oscar nomination, and “Murder, My Sweet,” an adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s “Farewell My Lovely.” In addition, he made two World War II films: “Hitler’s Children,” the story of the Hitler youth, and “Back to Bataan” starring John Wayne. [Less]
1912: David Raksin
Raksin was a Jewish-American composer who was renowned for his work in film and television. With over 100 film… [More] scores and 300 television scores to his credit, he is credited with being the “Grandfather of Film Music.” One of his earliest film assignments was as assistant to Charlie Chaplin in the composition of the score to “Modern Times:” (1936). He is perhaps best remembered for the haunting theme to the 1944 movie “Laura,” which became the 1945 song “Laura”. [Less]
1915: Irving Fields
Fields is a New York City-born Jewish-American pianist and lounge music artist. Some of his noteworthy… [More] compositions include “Miami Beach Rhumba”, “Managua, Nicaragua,” and “Chantez, Chantez,” which was covered by Dinah Shore in 1957. Fields’ most famous album, “Bagels & Bongos,” recorded in 1959 with his trio, sold 2 million copies. [Less]