Re: RARA-AVIS: Hollywood Director Obituary - Richard Fleischer

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 27 Mar 2006

Sad to hear this. Richard Fleischer, in my book, is one of these talented craftsmen producing great films with only very few misfiring. His name on the credits was always a sufficient reason for me to watch the movie, and this since the mid- fifties... Let us not forget: The Vikings (a classic) - Soylent Green (another classic, often undervalued among SF references) a real SF noir - The New Centurions - Mr. Majestyk... among other achievements. He was good in all the film genres he touched.

Also his kind of memoirs, about his experience with the film industry:
 "Just Tell Me when To Cry", is a really interesting book. A great film maker.


Monte Herridge :
> This came up on another list. I will just excerpt a small part of it.
> Monte Herridge
> Richard Fleischer, Director of Popular Films, Is Dead at 89
> ----------
> Published: March 27, 2006
> Richard Fleischer, a film director who never became a household name
> despite working with some of Hollywood's biggest stars on hits like
> "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and "Fantastic
> Voyage," died early Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television
> Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 89.
> <snip>
> While traveling with a theater troupe after Yale, Mr. Fleischer was
> spotted by an RKO talent scout and invited to New York to write scripts
> for newsreels. After a few months in the Army, he moved to Hollywood
> and began directing noirish B-movies like "Trapped," "Follow Me
> Quietly" and the critically well received "Narrow Margin," a
> cat-and-mouse thriller that takes places almost entirely on a train.
> Throughout his career, he was attracted to true crime, directing the
> "The Boston Strangler," "10 Rillington Place" and "Compulsion," about
> the Leopold and Loeb case.


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