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ANATOMY OF A MURDER, a classic film produced by Otto Preminger

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

With an all-star cast, groundbreaking dialogue, and top-notch suspense, this film is Required Viewing for anyone with the slightest taste for the history or culture of the U.P.—it being based on the similarly titled tome written by one who is well celebrated across these web pages.

Produced and Directed by Otto Preminger
Screenplay by Wendell Mayes
Based on the novel by Robert Traver

Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara,
Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, & Kathryn Grant,
and featuring George C. Scott

  • Details about the 1952 trial on which the film is based >>
  • Article about the novel's distinguished Upper Peninsula author >>
  • Some personal thoughts on John Voelker (a.k.a. Robert Traver) >>

See also Duke Ellington's acclaimed soundtrack.

Interesting 1959 Trailer for the film,
including an appearance by John Voelker


cover of 1982 documentary FINNISH AMERICAN LIVES

cover of 1983 documentary TRADITION BEARERS

cover of 1988 documentary GOOD MAN IN THE WOODS


cover of the 1991 documentary MEDICINE FIDDLE

Finnish American Documentary Trilogy
Produced & Directed by Michael Loukinen

This video trilogy, by Michael Loukinen of Marquette, is Must Viewing for anyone with any interest in Yooper culture—period!


Finnish American Lives (1982): A documentary featuring three generations of Finnish Americans living on a small family farm in Ironwood, MI: after a 92-year-old Finnish immigrant patriarch’s wife dies, the son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren are left to care for him. This film-view of the twilight of an era finds the old man with one foot in the grave, the barn falling, and the grandkids growing restless. (45 minutes)

Tradition Bearers (1983): A 16 mm documentary that blends oral history interviews with folk art presentation to tell the story of Finnish immigration and cultural adaptation in the Great Lakes region—focusing on an immigrant wood carver and a weaver (both from northeastern Minnesota), along with a second-generation lumberjack accordionist and a popular storyteller from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (45 minutes)

Good Man in the Woods (1988): This documentary explores the lives of survivors of the traditional wilderness occupations—trappers, loggers, and commercial fishermen—who depict the unique character of the U.P. (86 minutes)





Also produced and directed by Michael Loukinen:

Medicine Fiddle (1991): This award-winning documentary explores how Native and Métis fiddlers and dancers on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border carried on the musical traditions of the French fur traders and Irish & Scottish trappers and lumberjacks who came to the region in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The ten featured fiddlers are from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Ontario. (81 minutes)


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FOR THE COMMON GOOD: The History of the Tyomies Newspaper, a DVD produced by Tom Selinski


SPIES IN STEEL, an expose of labor spies in upper Minnesota mining from 1900 to 1940, produced by Tom Selinski

For the Common Good:
The History of the Työmies Newspaper (2001)

The film history of the Työmies Society of Superior, WI, the Finnish “Workingman’s” organization which lasted, amazingly, for a hundred years in the Great North Woods. Includes interviews with the ‘Last of the Mohicans.’ (90 minutes)

Produced by Tom Selinski of Duluth, MN





Also from Tom Selinski:

Spies in Steel : The Dollar-A-Day Man (1997)
Strikes, Strike Breakers and Company Spies

Independent filmmaker Tom Selinski of Duluth discloses some of Corporate America’s dirtiest labor dealings, as exposed by Frank L. Palmer, whose historical investigation was ultimately validated by Senate hearings.

This 70-minute film, set on the Mesabi Iron Range during the first half of the 20th century, explores the often-ignored dark side of the American Dream. Narrated by Ed Asner.

Produced by Tom Selinski of Duluth, MN





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