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Sun, May 22


Online via Zoom


Author event with Nick Davis.

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Time & Location

May 22, 2022, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

Online via Zoom

About the Event

In this fascinating, complex “dual” biography of Herman and Joe Mankiewicz, we meet two “dazzling” and “dark” brothers whose competitive drive and enmity “ultimately undid them both.”

Herman co-wrote Citizen Kane and brought the world such Marx Brothers’ films as Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup as well as over 90 other movies. Called “the funniest man who ever lived,” he was also immature and warm-hearted.  Ultimately, he became one of the highest paid writers in Hollywood.

Joe was not a mirror image of his older brother.  He was far more organized and enjoyed a  “more distinguished career.”  His films, some of which he produced, wrote and/or directed, include The Philadelphia Story, All About Eve and Letter to Three Wives. His career was turned upside down, however, by the failure of Cleopatra, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Author Nick Davis, Herman’s grandson, gives us an insider’s look at the brothers’ “dreams and desires, their fears and feuds…and the driving forces that kept them bound t o a system they loved and hated.”

You may order Competing with Idiots: Herman and Joe Mankiewicz, A Dual Portrait by Nick Davis from:

Admission is free. IJWC Year-round programming will receive. a complimentary registration through Under One Tent. Upon registration, you will first receive a confirmation email. An hour before the program begins, we will email the Zoom link you need to join the event. If you don't see these emails, please check your spam/junk folder to retrieve them. We suggest you add "" to your contacts list as well.

Sponsored by the CCJCC and Cong. B’nai Shalom in partnership with the EBIJFF and the Jewish Book Council.

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