Anatomy of a Murder

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

Los Altos, CA: Carlyle Productions / Columbia Pictures, Circa 1959. Two vintage reference photographs taken on the set of the 1959 film, one showing Duke Ellington working on the film score, and the other showing Ellington laughing with Billy Strayhorn. Carlyle Productions stamps on the versos.

The first major Hollywood film to feature a score by an African American composer. Composed by Ellington and Strayhorn and performed by Ellington's Orchestra, the score won three Grammy Awards in 1959.

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 whom he believed raped his wife. Nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Set and shot on location in Michigan.

One 8 x 10 inches, the other 10 x 8 inches. Near Fine.

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


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