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Irving Rapper



Irving Rapper (b. January 16, 1898, London – d. December 20, 1999, Woodland Hills, California) was a British-born American film director. His most successful body of work is 10 films he made while under contract with Warner Brothers.
Rapper emigrated to the United States and became an actor and stage director on Broadway while studying at New York University. In 1936, he went to Hollywood, where he was hired by Warner Bros. as an assistant director and dialogue coach. He proved invaluable in translating and mediating for non-native English-speaking directors. By the early 1940s, he had metamorphosed into the one of the hottest directors on the Warner Bros. lot.
He made his directing debut with the 1941 film Shining Victory, in which his friend, Bette Davis, appeared as a show of support for him. He would go on to direct her in four more films: Now, Voyager (1942), The Corn Is Green (1945), Deception (1946), and Another Man's Poison (1952). Rapper's film, One Foot in Heaven (1941), earned an Oscar nomination for best film. Perhaps his best film in a studio other than Warner Bros. was The Brave One (1956), which earned the then-blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo an Academy Award for