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Splendor in the Grass

Released 1961
Distributor Warner Bros.

Actor Andrew Duggan was Warner Bros.’ go-to guy for folksy 60s voiceovers, and he supplies a warm tone to this trailer for Elia Kazan’s popular teen drama. Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood’s Romeo and Juliet suffer nobly from living on different sides of the train tracks in William Inge’s bittersweet reminiscence of his formative years growing up in 1920s Kansas. It won him an Oscar for best Screenplay. Screen debuts of Sandy Dennis, Gary Lockwood and Phyllis Diller. Remade for television in 1981.

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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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