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Michael B. Druxman 
Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist and Hollywood Historian. 

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What took you so long to get here?
Where have you been all my life?
I’ll tell you where I’ve been.  

I’ve been in show business!

Ever since I was a little kid and heard Pinocchio singing, “Hey, diddly-dee, an actor’s life for me,” that’s what I wanted. Well, not to be an actor. 
I got tired of that during my freshman year in college.

So, what to do, what to do. . .

After many years as a Hollywood press agent, I became a writer…movies, stage plays, books.  
Anything that was a challenge.  I love telling stories.

After all, with due respect to actors, directors and other artists, isn’t the only truly creative aspect of the performing arts the written word?     
Everything else is “interpretation”.

On this site you will find links to my many stage plays that are available for licensing, listings of my books that are available for purchasing, some of my screenplays that are available for optioning, plus my blog that will keep you apprised of my various on-going activities and we can get to know each other, maybe too well.

If you’re into DVDs, take a look at my monthly newsletter, BEST BETS ON DVD.

Also, if you have a story that you want told, either in screenplay or book form, I am still a writer-for-hire.  Have Mac-Will Write.

So, please sign the guest book and share your thoughts and comments on my blog.  But, let’s play nice!

Don’t be such a stranger.  Keep coming back!

Michael 


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Michael's Musings

WINGS OF THE HAWK

by Michael B. Druxman on 01/17/21

January 17, 2021

WINGS OF THE HAWK

 

 

WINGS OF THE HAWK is not great, but it’s an okay Western.

 

I have a special affection for it, not only because I first saw it in a theater when it was initially released in 1953, but because I knew several of the people involved with its production.

 

Director Budd Boetticher, in fact, was once my publicity client.

 

Julie Adams, Abbe Lane and Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez were also people I was acquainted with during my tenure in Hollywood.

 

Van Heflin plays a miner, caught up in the Mexican revolution of 1910-1911, when the corrupt administration seizes his gold mine.  Soon, Heflin discovers that there is a price on his head in Mexico, and he winds up joining the rebel forces.

 

As a director, Budd Boetticher was known for his action sequences, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint with WINGS OF THE HAWK.

 

The new Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber presents the film in both 2-D and 3-D versions.  Since I didn’t have 3-D glasses, I watched the 2-D version and was quite pleased with the presentation.  The disc also includes a Woody Woodpecker cartoon.

 

GIRL

by Michael B. Druxman on 01/14/21

             GIRL is a strange movie.

              In some ways, it reminds me of one of my favorite films, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955), but instead of Spencer Tracy arriving in an isolated desert town via train, Bela Thorne comes to a dying town (presumably in the deep South) on foot.  (The picture was shot in Canada.)

                Bela’s purpose is to confront the father that deserted her when she was six.  Unfortunately, somebody has just murdered him, and now our heroine not only seeks his killer, but also a bag of money that he had hidden somewhere.

  Chad Faust and Mickey Rourke are also in the cast of this film, written and directed by Faust.

There are some good performance and a couple of effective scenes in GIRL, but the plot is convoluted.  In fact, certain aspects of it, which I won’t divulge here, are a bit of a turn-off

Screen Media has released GIRL onto DVD.

RONALD REAGAN: MOVIE STAR

by Michael B. Druxman on 12/22/20

The 34th play in THE HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS Collection is now available in both paperback and Kindle editions via Amazon and  elsewhere.

RONALD REGAN: MOVIE STAR is a one-person play that deals with the future President during his Hollywood years before he entered the world of politics.

As a film actor, he starred in such films as KNUTE ROCKNE-ALL AMERICAN, KINGS ROW, SANTA FE TRAIL and BEDTIME FOR BONZO.

A fun read (no politics).  Please take a look.


If the above link doesn't work, please look up RONALD REAGAN: MOVIE STAR on Amazon.

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