Odd this day

Coates
1 min readMar 30, 2023

30 March, which can mean only one thing — yes, it’s the anniversary of the release of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, which saw P H Vazak become the first dog nominated for a screenwriting Oscar.

Titlecard from Greystoke reads: Screenplay by P. H. Vazak and Michael Austin

I have no idea why Robert ‘Chinatown’ Towne named his dog that, but he wrote the script, hoping to direct it. Unfortunately, Personal Best, his first movie as writer/director, flopped, so he had to flog the Greystoke script.

Personal Best movie poster — mostly taken up by a close-up of Mariel Hemingway, plus an inset cut-out of her hurdling the title of the movie

Towne didn’t like the finished product, so he had his name in the credits changed it to that of his faithful hound. It was the year of Amadeus, so we don’t know how the Academy might have handled P H Vazak winning.

Still, top marks to the Wikipedia contributor who came up with:

Vazak became the first dog nominated for an Oscar for screenwriting, but he did not fetch the award

…although sadly, the bit after the comma has now been deleted.

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Coates

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