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Smoke Lightning had a two day run at Fredonia, New York’s Winter Garden Theatre in May 1933, but the headline attraction wasn’t all-American George O’Brien. Topping the bill that week was Mussolini Speaks!, A six-reel documentary produced by Columbia Pictures and promoted with ad art showing a crowd of Blackshirts giving “today’s man of the hour” the fascist salute. Cult director Edgar G. Ulmer (Detour) reportedly worked on it as a director.
|Richard Dix and Lois Wilson in 1925's The Vanishing American...|
|... and Buster Crabbe wearing Dix's duds in 1936.|
Orson Welles and cinematographer Greg Toland at work on Citizen Kane.