Biography

Books

book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw

Blu-ray Discs

Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases.

Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that he co-founded with filmmakers Steven C. Smith and Patrick Francis.


blu-ray disc cover art for classic noir film The Man Who Cheated Himself featuring Jane Wyatt and Lee J. Cobb Raw Deal cover art photo cover of Blu-Ray Disc Too Late for Tears featuring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea photo cover of Blu-ray Disc Casablanca 70th Anniversary featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman photo cover of Blu-ray Disc for T-Men featuring Dennis O'Keefe cover art for Blu-ray Disc The Breaking Point featuring Wallace Ford

Alan K. Rode’s affinity for classic cinema is part of his DNA. His mother grew up in Hollywood and was an extra in Our Gang comedy shorts and studied acting at Ben Bard Drama. His grandfather was a silent film violinist who went from bit actor to Universal Studios house composer and eventually founded Corelli-Jacobs Recording Inc. A great-uncle doubled Gary Cooper in The Plainsman (1929) and fought Jack Dempsey. Yet another grandfather promoted rodeos with cowboy star Hoot Gibson at Gilmore Stadium. Before the advent of classic films on cable, video or streaming, Alan incessantly watched and catalogued movies on television.He is the author of a pair of notable cinema biographies. Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy is a critically acclaimed saga of the rough-hewn actor’s life and times. Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film is the first comprehensive biography of the director of CasablancaMildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Adventures of Robin Hood among other classic films. The Curtiz book has received enthusiastic reviews from the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and esteemed film critic Leonard Maltin.

Alan has been the producer and host of the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festivalin Palm Springs, California for eleven years. He has hosted and programmed classic cinema events for a variety of organizations including: The American Cinematheque, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Alex Film Society and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Alan is also charter director and treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation. With FNF president Eddie Muller, Alan has spearheaded the preservation and restoration of “lost” films and co-programs and co-hosts several of the annual NOIR CITY film festivals.

Alan founded TVP Enterprises in 2017. With his talented filmmaking partners, he exec-produced featurette packages for ClassicFlix’s restored Blu-Ray® releases of T-MENRAW DEAL and HE WALKED BY NIGHT with more projects planned for 2018. He has also been an expert commentator on Turner Classic Movies Filmstruck streaming site.

Alan’s video interviews with numerous Golden Age of Hollywood personages can be found on his web site and the Film Noir Foundation’s video archive. His blog ONE WAY STREET and writing and interviews for a variety of publications (several are archived on his web site) have been supplemented by his commentaries and featurettes on numerous Blu-Ray®/DVD classic film releases. He can be contacted via email at: moxie160@gmail.com.

Alan’s IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5023636/

Books

book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw

Blu-ray Discs

Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases.

Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that he co-founded with filmmakers Steven C. Smith and Patrick Francis.


blu-ray disc cover art for classic noir film The Man Who Cheated Himself featuring Jane Wyatt and Lee J. Cobb Raw Deal cover art photo cover of Blu-Ray Disc Too Late for Tears featuring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea photo cover of Blu-ray Disc Casablanca 70th Anniversary featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman photo cover of Blu-ray Disc for T-Men featuring Dennis O'Keefe cover art for Blu-ray Disc The Breaking Point featuring Wallace Ford

DVDs