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Edwards' movies are slick and glossy but their shiny surfaces reflect all too accurately the disposable values of contemporary life. Career
In the 1954-1955 television season Edwards joined with Richard Quine to create Mickey Rooney's first television series The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey Mulligan a sitcom about a young studio page trying to become a serious actor. 5 million to make but grossed $100 million while The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) did even better.
Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies he also directed drama films including Breakfast at Tiffany's and Days of Wine and Roses. His greatest successes however were his comedies and most of his films were either musicals melodramas slapstick comedies or thrillers. Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor but he soon turned to writing radio scripts at Columbia Pictures.