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Dr. Broadway (1942)

Dr. Broadway (1942)

(p.35) Chapter 3 Dr. Broadway (1942)
The Crime Films of Anthony Mann
Max Alvarez
University Press of Mississippi

Anton Bundsmann became known professionally as “Anthony Mann” during preparation of Dr. Broadway, his film directing début at Paramount. This chapter monitors that maiden production, based on a series of Borden Chase stories. Although not technically a film noir, Dr. Broadway does take place over an intense Manhattan evening and demonstrates the director’s flair for suspense, atmospheric tension, and style (cinematographer Theodor Sparkhul had previously worked for Ernst Lubitsch). This seriocomic mystery stars Macdonald Carey as a Times Square physician whose heart of gold has its limits. Dr. Broadway was filmed quickly (20 days) and cheaply ($175,000) but the studio was ambivalent towards the production and even evicted the Mann crew from a backlot set to accommodate Cecil B. DeMille. The picture was the final production for Paramount’s “B” division, and when the studio closed down its low-budget unit, Mann was laid off and entered a brief period of employment.

Keywords:   Paramount, film noir, Sparkhul, Lubitsch, DeMille

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