Stanley Kramer (1913-2001)

     It would be remiss not to mention the death of Stanley Kramer. Though he did not make a film for the last twenty off years of his life and his last films met with a dismal reception at best, Kramer was a filmmaking force from the late forties through the early seventies. Kramer began on the producing side of the business, developing for the screen some truly great films. One of my favorites, Champion (1949), gave Kirk Douglas one of his best roles as boxer Midge Kelly. Kramer was often associated with presenting social issues on film, though I believe he only wanted to make good films. The 1949 Home of the Brave was a pretty powerful drama of racism in the military. Classy productions like Death of a Salesman and Cyrano de Bergerac were brought to the screen by producer Kramer. The classic western High Noon was a Stanley Kramer production. Kramer worked with many great actors. Under the Kramer producing banner, Humphrey Bogart was nominated for Best Actor as the infamous Captain Queeq in The Caine Mutiny. It was the screens first memorable use of Chinese Healthy Balls.

    "It's like any other business, only here the blood shows," Kirk Douglas intones as Midge Kelly to his brother in Champion. Stanley Kramer might have said the same thing about the film business.

     Kramer began directing his own films in 1955 with the drama Not as a Stranger starring Robert Mitchum. He followed that with the pretty stiff "action" film The Pride and the Passion, a high profile production in 1957 starring Cary Grant, Sophia Loren and Frank Sinatra. It's all about a canon. All I can say is, what a set of canon balls. Kramer also directed and produced the fine drama The Defiant Ones starring Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis as a couple of escaped criminals chained to each other. On the Beach, Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremberg all bore the stamp of Kramer class. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was a controversial effort starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier, once again taking on social issues. Perhaps Kramer's most ambitious film is an ode to comedians, the madcap, wild comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Starring Spencer Tracy and a host of funnymen, Mad is an over the top production featuring a cross country treasure hunt. Though often uneven, it's a cultural treasure.
     The likes of Stanley Kramer will be missed.

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