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Big Jim McLain

Released 1952
Distributor Warner Bros.

John Wayne wades into fraught political waters as Jim McLain, an investigator for the House Un-American Activities Committee who finds work busting a hotbed of communists in sun-kissed Honolulu circa 1952. Jim Arness, Wayne’s friend and future Gunsmoke star, is along for the ride. When the movie opened in Europe it was re-titled Marijuana and its drug-dealing subplot took center stage while dubbed dialog played down the red-baiting aspects.

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About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski and his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander are best known for writing unusual true stories.  Their current release is “Dolemite is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore. The duo previously created the hit television miniseries “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” for which they won the Golden Globe, Emmy, PGA and WGA Awards. They also won the Golden Globe and WGA Award for the film “The People vs Larry Flynt.” Other movies include the Oscar winning “Ed Wood” (WGA nomination), “Big Eyes” (Independent Spirit nomination), “Auto Focus" and “Man on the Moon.” The team has been inducted into the Final Draft Screenwriting Hall of Fame.  Larry is also a Governor for writers branch, co-chair of the International Feature Film category, and a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.