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The Crime Films of Anthony Mann$
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Max Alvarez

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039249

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039249.001.0001

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From Lomaland to Broadway

From Lomaland to Broadway

(p.9) Chapter 1 From Lomaland to Broadway
The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

Max Alvarez

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter begins with an examination of Mann’s upbringing in the hands of Theosophists at the “Lomaland” Theosophical commune near San Diego, where he was born Emile Anton Bundsmann in 1906. Mann, whose Austrian Catholic father and Jewish-American mother converted to Theosophy, was exposed to arts and culture from infancy until 14. Upon joining his mother in New Jersey, Mann dropped out of high school to pursue acting work on the Manhattan stage. His theatrical career received a boost in 1927 when he was cast in a Broadway staging of Jean Bart’s The Squall. In 1931, Mann married his first wife and also appeared on stage for the last time in Henrik Ibsen’s The Pillars of Society, produced for the New York Repertory Company. The actor was fired after clashing with the show’s producer and subsequently chose to abandon acting in favour of the more powerful role of stage director.

Keywords:   Theosophy, Lomaland, acting, Broadway, Jean Bart, Ibsen

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