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Hatari!

Released 1962
Distributor Paramount Pictures

Screenwriter Leigh Brackett checks all the boxes in the Howard Hawks formula: a gruff adventurer tangles with an equally determined woman, sparks fly and so do kisses. John Wayne stars as a game-catcher in Tanganyika, Elsa Martinelli is a fearless photojournalist and Red Buttons provides the tongue-in-cheek play by play. Henry Mancini’s insanely catchy Baby Elephant Walk was as big a hit as the movie.

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About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.

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