Dudley Murphy

1897 (Winchester, Mass.) – 1968 (Mexico City)

If Murphy is remembered today, it is for an avant-garde classic, and for the film that introduced Paul Robeson to a wide public; Antheil said he was uncorrupted by Hollywood, though he also directed some real turkeys. Pound was early involved in ‘Ballet Mécanique’, while Ray dropped out when Murphy brought in Léger, who then took most of the credit. Murphy cleared his house to exhibit Siqueiros’ paintings, discussed montage with Eisenstein, played poker with Hammett, got drunk with Joyce, helped Ames with visual perception experiments, and directed Smith in her only film role. Neutra designed his holiday apartments, where the food made Saroyan ill.

Dudley Murphy knew…