In an early chapter of BDA I wrote somewhat reverently about a close family friend, film director Rowland Brown. As a young boy, I loved Rowland. He was right up there with Atticus Finch, as my all-time hero. (Still is!) But, unlike Atticus, Rowland was real. He had become a substitute father figure for dad, who had moved on to Asia. Rowland was big, friendly and showed tremendous respect for my mother, so what’s not to love? (It wouldn’t be until my early 20s, that mother revealed she had been having an ongoing, albeit, very intermittent affair with Rowland from the late 1930s forward.) Rowland, like my grandfather Harvey – hated George.
Three of Rowland Brown’s films. (writer on Nocturne) Photo of mother circa 1944
I thought I would share with you a short anecdote, about Rowland, from the book, We Only Kill Each Other: The Life and Bad Times of Bugsy Siegel, by Dean Jennings (Prentice-Hall 1967) (A great read!)
Click below to read Rowland Brown/Bugsy Siegel anecdote
Spencer Tracy/ Rowland Brown from “Quick Millions” 1931