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Putney Swope

Released 1969
Distributor Cinema V

Before Robert Downey Jr. there was … Robert Downey Sr. (A Prince)! This was his first widely released “underground” indie (filmed for $120,000) and his most popular, but we here at TFH have a soft spot for Chafed Elbows. Arnold Johnson, as the token black employee put in charge of a NY ad agency, is entirely dubbed by Downey.

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About Dan Ireland

Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.

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