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Winterset (RKO 1936, Burgess Meredith, Margo)

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Based on Maxwell Anderson’s Broadway play, drama Winterset follows Burgess Meredith’s struggle to clear the name of his father who was wrongly executed for killing a cop during a robbery. During his investigation, he becomes involved with the daughter (Margo) of the man who drove the getaway car. Meredith’s screen debut in a role he first played on the stage.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Score; Best Art Direction.

Playwright Maxwell Anderson was also a noted composer who often collaborated with Kurt Weill and Arthur Schwartz.

production details
USA | RKO | 77 minutes | 1936

Director: Alfred Santell
Producer: Pandro S. Berman
Cinematography: Peverell Marley
Editor: William Hamilton
Music: Roy Webb
Script: Anthony Veiller
Special Effects: Vernon L. Walker

cast
Margo as Miriamne Esdras
Barbara Pepper as Girl
Paul Fix as Joe
John Carradine as Bartolomio Romagna
Stanley Ridges as Shadow
Lucille Ball as Girl (uncredited)
Alec Craig as Hobo
Burgess Meredith as Mio Romagna
Eduardo Ciannelli as Trock Estrella
Maurice Moscovitch as Esdras
Edward Ellis as Judge Gaunt
Paul Guilfoyle as Garth Esdras
Mischa Auer as Radical
Willard Robertson as Policeman in the Square
Myron McCormick as Carr
Helen Jerome Eddy as Maria Romagna
Fernanda Eliscu as Piny
George Humbert as Tony aka Lucia