Architects portrayed in different light on silver screen

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If you've ever chuckled at how your job is portrayed in the movies, be glad you're not an architect. On film, we're either saints or we're psychos. Judge for yourself: Leading off with some early bad press for the profession is the 1934 horror film "The Black Cat," in which Boris Karloff is a loony architect who kills the wife of his nemesis Bela Lugosi, preserves her in a glass coffin, and then marries and kills Lugosi's daughter. Oh yeah, I forgot – when he's not busy doing all this, he also runs a satanic cult. On the other hand, Walter Pidgeon played the consummate gentleman architect opposite Greer Garson in 1942's Best Picture, "Mrs. Miniver." We know Pidgeon is an architect because he carries around a roll of drawings and wears a tweed jacket. Alas, his occupation is incidental to the plot, which was really director William Wyler's bid to scare Americans out of wartime neutrality. In 1949's "The Fountainhead," one of the funniest serious films ever made, we don't see Ga...