Anatomy of a Murder

Burbank, CA: Otto Preminger Films, 1959. Vintage photograph of Lee Remick, Duke Ellington and Jimmy Woode rehearsing 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 Billy 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 judge John D. Voelker (writing under the pseudonym Robert Traver), 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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