Biography

Books

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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.


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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 Virginian (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 New York Review of Books (David Thomson), the Wall Street Journal (Scott Eyman), the Los Angeles Times (Kenneth Turan) and Leonard Maltin.

Alan has been the producer and host of the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California since 2008. 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 the Blu-Ray releases of T-MEN, RAW DEAL, HE WALKED BY NIGHT and THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF.

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 BLOG 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 cover art featuring stylized Nina Foch and George Macready behind bars illustrated Blu-ray disc cover art featuring Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd in The Glass Key illustrated cover of Blu-Ray Disc featuring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix in The Blue Dahlia cover art for Blu-ray disc featuring illustrated Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Robert Preston in This Gun for Hire Blu-ray cover art illustrated Franchot Tone Ella Raines Phantom Lady

DVDs