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"The most important critic is time."
— Rouben Mamoulian

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Rouben Mamoulian entry at Wikipedia
Rouben Mamoulian credits [1929-63] at Internet Movie Database

Rouben Mamoulian received
induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame (1981)
the D.G.A. Lifetime Achievement Award (1982)
a Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (1984)
the Luchino Visconti Special Award at the David di Donatello Awards in Italy (1985)
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Movies  of  Rouben Mamoulian
Rouben Mamoulian credits [1929-63] at Internet Movie Database
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"Applause"  [Paramount Jan 1930]
Helen Morgan Applause poster - blue  Mamoulian's Applause poster - blue  Early backstage musical: A fading burlesque star tries to prevent her daughter from becoming a dancer. Mamoulian's direction is an example of outstanding camera movement. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian; based on a Beth Brown novel; starring Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr., Jack Cameron, Henry Wadsworth & Roy Hargrave; listed on National Film Registry (2006)
Kino Video b&w DVD [11/2003] for $26.99
Kino Video b&w VHS [11/2003] for $23.70
full credits from IMDb
Rouben Mamulian's Applause critical textbook by Christopher Döring  "Rouben Mamulian's Applause: The Contribution of An Artist To The Development of The Sound Film" [2007]
German-language critical text by Christopher Döring

GRIN Publng GmbH German-language 8½x5½ pb [10/2007] for $18.50

"City Streets" [Paramount Pictures April 1931]
French poster for 'City Streets' 1935 movie  poster for 'City Streets' 1935 movie  Directed by Rouben Mamoulian; script by Oliver H.P. Garrett & Max Marcin, based on original screen story "The Kiss-Off" by Dashiell Hammett; starring Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sydney, Paul Lukas, Wynne Gibson, William 'Stage' Boyd, Guy Kibbee
video/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits from IMDb

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" [1931]

"Queen Christina" [MGM 1933]
with Greta Garbo & John Gilbert; full credits at IMDb

"We Live Again"
[Sam Goldwyn/United Artists Nov 1934]
We Live Again movie  A Russian nobleman realizes that a woman being sentenced to Siberia is the servant girl that he wooed and abandoned in their youth. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian; script co-written by Preston Sturges, based on Leo Tolstoy's 1899 novel "Resurrection"; lovely cinematography by Gregg Toland; starring Fredric March, Anna Sten, Jane Baxter, C. Aubrey Smith, Sam Jaffe, Ethel Griffies, Gwendolyn Logan, Jessie Ralph, Leonid Kinskey, Dale Fuller, Morgan Wallace & Crauford Kent
M.G.M. b&w DVD [3/2005] for $12.99
full credits from IMDb

"Becky Sharp" [1935] with Miriam Hopkins First three-strip Technicolor film

"The Gay Desperado" [Pioneer Pictures 1936] with Nino Martini, Ida Lupino & Leo Carrillo

"Golden Boy" [Columbia 1939] with Barbara Stanwyck & William Holden

"The Mark of Zorro" [Fox Nov 1940]
The Mark of Zorro 1940 sound movie starring Tyrone Power   A talented swordsman & aristocrat returns from Madrid to Mexican California to find that his father is replaced as alcalde by an oppressive tyrant; hiding his abilities, young Don Diego assumes the persona of a fop – and then secretly rides as the masked avenger El Zorro. Executive produced by Darryl F. Zanuck; directed by Rouben Mamoulian; starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette, J. Edward Bromberg, Montagu Love, George Regas, Chris-Pin Martin, Robert Lowery & Janet Beecher; listed on the National Film Registry (2009)
Fox Special Edition DVD {both colorized and restored b&w versions} [10/2005] for $12.49
Fox b&w DVD [10/2003] out of prodn/used
Fox b&w VHS [4/93] out of prodn/many used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more Zorro stuff (movies, synopses, books, posters) is on
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"Blood and Sand" [Fox 1941] with Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell & Rita Hayworth

"Summer Holiday" [MGM 1948] with Mickey Rooney

"Never Steal Anything Small" [Universal 1959 musical] /tt0053109/
Adapted & directed by Charles Lederer; based on the play "The Devil's Hornpipe" by Maxwell Anderson &
Rouben Mamoulian; starring James Cagney, Shirley Jones, Roger Smith, Cara Williams, Nehemiah Persoff,
Royal Dano & Horace McMahon

Cole Porter's "Silk Stockings" [MGM 1957]
directed by Rouben Mamoulian, starring Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse • full credits from IMDb

Other  Works  by  Rouben Mamoulian

Rouben Mamoulian credits [1927-53] at Internet Broadway Database
Rouben Mamoulian 'staged' or directed "Porgy" [1927 drama], Hemingway's "A Farewell To Arms" [1930],
"Porgy and Bess" [1935 musical], "Oklahoma!" [1943], "Carousel" [1945], among many others

"Sadie Thompson: A Musical Play in Two Acts"
Based on the 1921 short story "Miss Thompson" by Somerset W. Maugham and on the 1923 stageplay "Rain" by
John Colton & Clemence Randolph; co-written by Howard Dietz; co-written & directed by Rouben
Mamoulian; music by Vernon Duke; 60 performances on Broadway, Nov 1944 to Jan 1945; credits at IBDb

"Arms and The Girl"
Musical comedy based on the 1933 stageplay "The Pursuit of Happiness" by Lawrence Langner & Armina Marshall;
co-written by Dorothy & Herbert Fields; co-written & directed by Rouben Mamoulian;
music by Morton Gould; 134 performances on Broadway, Feb-May 1950; credits at IBDb

Abigayil children's book by Rouben Mamoulian  "Abigayil: The Story of The Cat At The Manger" [1964]
by Rouben Mamoulian

A tale of the Nativity, from the viewpoint of a cat living in the stable at Bethlehem
New York Graphic Society English-language hardcover [1964] out of print/used
New York Graphic Society English-language hardcover [1964] out of print/used
New York Graphic Society Spanish-language hardcover [1964] out of print/used
Shakespeare's Hamlet New Version book by Rouben Mamoulian  "Shakespeare's Hamlet: A New Version" [1965]
by Rouben Mamoulian

aka "Hamlet Revised & Interpreted: A Drama Textbook"
Bobbs-Merrill Co. pb [1965] out of print/used
Bobbs-Merrill Co. hardcover [1965] out of print/used

Works  About  Rouben Mamoulian

Rouben Mamoulian book by Tom Milne  "Mamoulian" [1969]
by Tom Milne; 2nd Edition includes Introduction by Geoff Andrew

British Film Institute 2nd edition 7½x5¼ pb [11/2010] for $22.95
British Film Institute 2nd edition 7½x5½ hardcover [11/2010] for $80.00
Indiana Univ Press 7½x5¼ pb [1970] out of print/used
Thames & Hudson, Ltd. hardcover [11/69] out of print/used
Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age  "Conversations With The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age: At The American Film Institute" [2006] by George Stevens, Jr.
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2006] for $23.10
interviews with 32 major writers, directors & cinematographers, including Ingmar Bergman, writer Ray Bradbury, Richard Brooks, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Stanley Cortez, George Cukor, Federico Fellini, George Folsey, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, James Wong Howe, John Huston, Elia Kazan, Gene Kelly, Stanley Kramer, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Ernest Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Harold Lloyd, Rouben Mamoulian, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, George Stevens, King Vidor, Hal Wallis, Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, William Wyler & Fred Zinnemann

"Rouben Mamoulian: L'Age d'Or de Broadway et Hollywood"
French documentary [Les Films du Horla 2007]
Directed by Patrick Cazals; not listed at IMDb; producer's movie page

American Classic Screen Interviews book edited by John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh  "American Classic Screen: Interviews" [2010]
Edited by John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh, Foreword by Kevin Brownlow

Scarecrow Press 8¾x6 pb [8/2010] for $36.52
American Classic Screen Magazine [1976-86] was published by The National Film Society; these exclusive interviews have long been difficult or impossible to access, but are now collected by editors Tibbetts & Welsh; the Interviews include: Fred Astaire, Joan Bennett, Bernard Brown, Kevin Brownlow, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Buster Crabbe, Olivia de Havilland, Stanley Donen, Olivia DeHavilland, Irene Dunne, William K. Everson, Joan Fontaine, Friz Freleng, Margaret Hamilton, Winton C. Hoch, Ollie Johnston, Henry King, Mervyn Le Roy, Fred MacMurray, Glen MacWilliams, Rouben Mamoulian, Mike Mazurki, Clarence 'Ducky' Nash, Paul Newman, Hermes Pan, Robert Preston, Esther Ralston, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers & Jane Withers

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L i n k s
Rouben Mamoulian entry at Wikipedia
Rouben Mamoulian credits [1929-63] at Internet Movie Database
Rouben Mamoulian credits [1927-53] at Internet Broadway Database
browse Rouben Mamoulian on DVD at Amazon

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