Franklin is a long way from Sunset Boulevard. However, as Hollywood prepares for another Oscar ceremony in a few weeks, the city and state can take pride in the roles they have played in motion pictures.
If there were a Mount Rushmore for movie directors, the face of Robert Wise would surely be included. Wise attended Franklin College for a year. After that he moved to Hollywood, and the rest is silver screen history. At the age of 27, he was editor of “Citizen Kane,” considered one of the greatest films ever made.
Over his long career, Wise won four Academy Awards, including best director for box office blockbusters “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music.”