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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Movie Industry Slang

Who's Alan Smithee and why is he the director of so many movies? When is a martini not a martini? Who is the best boy anyway?

Camera operator and film industry veteran Dave Knox talks to Susan Stamberg about these terms and other movie industry mysteries as a run-up to the 78th Academy Awards ceremony on March 5. Knox is the author of an insider's guide to film slang, Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde.

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Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is a special correspondent for NPR.