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Becoming Ray Bradbury$
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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036293

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.001.0001

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Hollywood at Last

Hollywood at Last

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the new and largely unexpected opportunities that were beginning to open for Ray Bradbury in Hollywood during the 1950s. During the summer and fall of 1952, Bradbury was able to establish his first writing credits in the motion picture industry. The proximity of the studios and the proliferation of affiliated and independent theaters in greater Los Angeles created many opportunities for him. Bradbury was already beginning to forge some lasting connections in Hollywood, thanks in large part to his friendship with cinematographer James Wong Howe and his wife, Sanora Babb. Howe introduced Bradbury to some of the legendary directors he had worked with, including Fritz Lang. This chapter considers some of Bradbury's notable Hollywood projects, including the screen treatments for Universal Studios's It Came From Outer Space, which he complemented with a variation of the story “A Matter of Taste,” and an offer to write a film titled Face of the Deep for Twentieth-Century Fox.

Keywords:   motion picture industry, Ray Bradbury, Hollywood, James Wong Howe, Sanora Babb, Universal Studios, It Came From Outer Space, A Matter of Taste, Face of the Deep, Twentieth-Century Fox

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