Anatomy of a Murder

[Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn] Otto Preminger (director)
John D. Voelker (novel)
Wendell Mayes (screenwriter)
James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara (starring)

Burbank, CA: Otto Preminger Films, 1959. Vintage photograph of Otto Preminger, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on the set of the 1959 film.

Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder" was the first major Hollywood film to feature a score by an African American composer. The jazz score, composed by Ellington and Strayhorn (uncredited), and performed by Ellington's Orchestra, won three Grammy Awards in 1959 including Best Sound Track Album.

Based on the 1958 novel by John D. Voelker, under the pseudonym Robert Traver, which he based on a real life case of a veteran accused of killing a local man who he believed raped his wife. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Jimmy Stewart, and twice for Best Supporting Actor for George C. Scott and Arthur O’Connell.

Set in and shot on location in Michigan.

10 x 8 inches. Near Fine, very light creasing.

National Film Registry. Rosenbaum 1000. Criterion Collection 600. Penzler 101. Spicer US. Grant US. Selby US.

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