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Appreciating director Allen Dwan
In 50 years, he made more than 400 films and worked with Douglas Fairbanks, Shirley Temple and John Wayne.
Director Allan Dwan's career spanned from the early silent era in 1911 through 1961. He made more than 400 films including Douglas Fairbanks' 1922 "Robin Hood" and 1929's "The Iron Mask," Shirley Temple's 1937 melodrama "Heidi" and the John Wayne 1949 war film "Sands of Iwo Jima." Called the "last pioneer" by Peter Bogdanovich, he's the subject of an exhaustive book, "Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios" by Frederic Lombardi. The richly detailed study of Dwan coincides with the Museum of Modern Art's upcoming retrospective of the director's work.