I knew the name Tenney. Del Tenney directed Roy Scheider's first feature, CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE. This 1964 gore cheapie today is best remembered for its method of conception: the director made a list of recent horror movies, determined that the words "curse", "living", and "corpse" occured in the titles of the most successful films, and decided that a movie called CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE would draw record-breaking audiences. The hard work finished, it remained only to write, cast, and direct the thing...
With this bit of history in mind, I unfolded the paper. Immediately I recognized the handwriting of The Master, and I was stunned by what I read. Yes, it indicated that Smithee was familiar with Tenney's method, but it was clear that Smithee's brilliant advance over Tenney's crude beginning could be compared readily to Beethoven's development of Haydn's ideas.
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