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Fritz LangThe Nature of the Beast$
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Patrick McGilligan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676552

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.001.0001

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1939–1941

1939–1941

Chapter:
(p.260) Chapter 13 1939–1941
Source:
Fritz Lang
Author(s):

Patrick McGilligan

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0014

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1939 to 1941. These include receiving his American citizenship on August 14, 1939; the death of his father, Anton Lang, on February 28, 1940, at the age of eighty; his relationship with agent Sam Jaffe which brought stability to his career; and his affair with actress Kay Francis. Lang also directed the following films for 20th Century Fox: The Return of Frank James, his first Western, which turned out to be a solid hit; Western Union which had even better box office returns than The Return of Frank James; and Man Hunt, released in June of 1941 to almost unanimously positive reviews.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, American citizenship, The Return of Frank James, Western Union, Manhunt

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