Competing with Idiots: Herman and Joe Mankiewicz


Mike and Dan interview Nick Davis about Competing with Idiots, his terrific dual portrait of his grandfather, Herman Mankiewicz, and his great-uncle, Joseph L. Mankiewicz. He talks to Mike and Dan about the impetus for the book, the Mankiewicz family dynamic, and how his understanding of these fascinating figures grew and became more complex over time. No film fanatic can miss this one!

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