George Litto (Dressed To Kill, Agent to Robert Altman)

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Today on the podcast former literary agent and producer George Litto. (Dressed To Kill, Blow Out) George and I discuss his teenage years playing saxophone in jazz bands around Philadelphia and New Jersey, his first job in the business – working at the William Morris agency – where he booked summer stock for people like (an aging) Mae West, Henny Youngman and Chico Marx. We also discuss starting his own literary agency where he packaged the films Petulia and Hang ‘Em High and was very successful representing writers and directors like Waldo Salt, Dalton Trumbo, Robert Altman, Ring Lardner, Abraham Polonsky and Michael Wilson. (all but Altman were Blacklisted Hollywood writers) George went on to have a career as a producer producing several Brian De Palma films, as well as others, and is still working at the company he owns with his daughter. This interview has LOTS of Robert Altman and M.A.S.H stories, just how we like it, so enjoy The New Hollywood Podcast.

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