Allan Dwan estimated that he had directed over 1,400 films, including his numerous one reelers, in his 50 years plus career.
Tucson's Lyric Theater in 1919 showed his adventure tale "Soldiers of Fortune," starring Wallace Beery.
Little is known about the Lyric other that it was built in 1919, demolished in 1966, and seated 913.
In 1930, construction was started on the more upscale Fox Tucson Theater, a block away.
The Ivancovich & Co. Building is at the end of the block, with a purple dome I painted in 2008.
The Tucson Opera House, which opened in 1897 is right next to it. The theater began as a vaudeville venue and presenter of other forms of live theater, which included a prestigious appearance by the reigning diva, Sarah Bernhardt, in 1911.
Allan Dwan's most celebrated sound film is 1949's "The Sands of Iwo Jima" staring John Wayne; Duke's first Academy Award nomination. He lost to Broderick Crawford. But he won 20 years later with "True Grit."