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There Was a Crooked Man

Released 1970
Distributor Warner Bros.

20 years after writing and directing the memorably acerbic All About Eve, Joseph L. Mankiewicz cast Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda in this equally cynical take on human nature this time with a screenplay from Bonnie and Clyde’s David Newman and Robert  Benton. Starring Douglas as a murderous bank robber and Fonda as the lawman dogging his trail, the movie boasts a stellar supporting cast including Warren Oates and Burgess Meredith.

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.