St. Bill of Illinois

The poignant case for William Holden
by Michael Atkinson   posted Jul 2, 2008

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By 1960, after a string of box-office successes, William Holden's salary had risen to an astronomical $750,000 plus 20% of the gross per film. A shame because he missed out on fine films such as "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) because the producers couldn't meet his new price. He took the money and ran in sub-standard movie flops like "Satan Never Sleeps" (1962). A shame.
alfiehitchie   posted 03.07.08


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Michael Atkinson is the author/editor of six books, including Ghosts in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema (Limelight Eds., 2000), Flickipedia (Chicago Review Press, 2007), Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood (SUNY Press, 2008), and the novels from St. Martin's Press Hemingway Deadlights and Hemingway Cutthroat.

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