Wald, Scott, Hellinger
This chapter focuses on three prominent noir figures: Jerry Wald, Adrian Scott, and Mark Hellinger—the “pragmatist,” the “ideologue,” and the “realist,” respectively—each of whom significantly impacted the development of classic noir as a creative and commercial production cycle. What unites the work of these very different men was a shared sense that film noir was a vehicle through which to realize their ambitions and a way to engage contemporary audiences whose tastes were changing. Moreover, each saw the producer's role as pivotal, straddling the worlds of commerce and creativity, positioned to make the key decisions that shaped a film—choosing source materials, collaborating closely with writers and directors, and overseeing casting and locations.
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