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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 19 Apr 2000 10:20:58 -0500
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A correspondent on another list raised an interesting question about a
film reference.  In Lewis Jaobs' 1960 collection INTRODUCTION TO THE
ART OF THE MOVIES, there is an article by Meyer Levin (novelist and
screenwriter best known as the author of COMPULSION) about a film
titled TUESDAY BROWN directed by one Carl Lakewood of Detroit.

According to Levin, the film was shot on 16mm. and details the life of
a factory worker named Brown (on a Tuesday).  According to Levin,
the film reflects influences from MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG to Pare
Lorentz's films, with overtones of James Joyce!  His description of the
film is fascinating but there seem to be no references available for
either the film or Carl Lakewood.  It is possible that the piece is a
hoax (Levin mentions that the film was unmarketable, partly because of
a fairly frank sexuality), but it doesn't seem too likely that Jacobs
would have been snookered by the piece.

The article was first published around 1940 in something called THE
CLIPPER.  (I'm not sure if this was based in Detroit, Chicago, or L.A.)

Any leads?

Don Larsson

Donald Larsson
Minnesota State U, Mankato
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