January 3, 1910 – August 18, 1992
"I’ve tried very hard to make pictures the best I could. And the thing that I treasure most is their acceptance by an audience. By critics, too, but mostly by an audience. The big thrill is to see a picture work. I’ve tried to make pictures that were about courage, about the goodness and the essential decency of man. Because I think, while they’re not the only form of theatrical entertainment, they’re one of the best. I’ve tried, like everyone, to make stories about conflict and suspense. When you make that work and you make an audience enjoy something for a couple of hours, you feel you’ve made some kind of mark on your own life and other people."