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Val Lewton
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    (May 7, 1904-March 14, 1951)
    Birth name is Vladimir Leventon
    Worked as a story editor on 'Gone with the Wind (1939)' and 'Rebecca (1940)'
    Produced 'Cat People (1942),' 'I Walked with a Zombie (1943),' 'The Leopard Man (1943),' 'The Seventh Victim (1943),' 'The Ghost Ship (1943),' 'The Curse of the Cat People (1944),' 'The Body Snatcher (1945),' 'Isle of the Dead (1945)' and 'Bedlam (1946)'
    Working as a reporter, he made up a story about a truck full of chickens dying of heat exhaustion.
    He was arrested after disrupting a basketball game by reading excerpts from 'Cyrano de Bergerac.'
    He was the king of making B-horror films.
    He eventually moved up to producing high-budget movies, but died soon after.
    Ironically, his big-budget films are often considered his worst ones.
    He had more creative influence behind the movie than even the director.
    Despite their superior quality, his films would be assigned lame titles like 'I Walked with a Zombie.'
    He was hired at RKO because an executive thought someone said he wrote horror novels, when actually the person had said he wrote HORRIBLE novels.
    He was an incredible story teller.
    His emotional telling of a crappy script once managed to move Samuel Goldwyn to tears.
    He overcame his films' low budgets to create many atmospheric cult classics.
    Responding to a negative criticism, he said: 'Actually, it's very difficult for a reviewer to give something called 'I Walked with a Zombie' a good review.'
    He often wrote the final screenplays for the films he was assigned himself.
    He had a good sense of humor.

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