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|Named Person:||Robert Aldrich; Robert Aldrich; Robert (Regisseur) Aldrich|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Alain Silver; James Ursini
|Notes:||"A Directors Guild of America publication."|
|Description:||xvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Responsibility:||Alain Silver and James Ursini ; foreword by Burt Lancaster ; special research, Elizabeth Ward.|
From this beginning he went on first to become the assistant director to various filmmakers, many of whom were later blacklisted, and eventually to serve two terms as president of the Directors Guild of America. Though his political sentiments were staunchly liberal and pro-labor, they did not prevent him from using the profits from his 1967 smash, The Dirty Dozen, to acquire his own film studio (which went broke in four years). But whether he was capitalist and entrepreneur or union leader or screenwriter, producer, and director, Aldrich, who died in 1983, remained the insider who was also the outsider, the Hollywood player who "stayed at the table" while hating the game, and the man who found his most memorable heroes among social misfits doomed by their refusal to conform.