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Robert Riskin

Highest Rated: 100% Lady for a Day (1933)

Lowest Rated: 50% Magic Town (1947)

Birthday: Mar 30, 1897

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A prolific writer who transitioned to film following success on Broadway, Robert Riskin collaborated with Frank Capra on some of the director's most iconic films, eventually earning five Academy Award nominations along the way. Riskin first worked with Capra on the religious-themed drama "The Miracle Woman" (1931) and bleak comedy "The Platinum Blonde" (1931) before collaborating on their first truly great film, "Lad for a Day" (1933). But it was the classic screwball comedy "It Happened One Night" (1934) that helped define both their careers and lived on as one of the greatest examples of the genre. Of course, his work was not limited to Capra, and Riskin wrote for other luminaries of his day like John Ford and William Wellman. But it was with Capra that he did his finest work, as exemplified by "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), "Lost Horizon" (1937) and "You Can't Take it With You" (1938). Tired of Capra taking credit for his work, Riskin made his last film with the director, "Meet John Doe" (1941), before branching off on his own. Following his service in the war, he wrote "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1944), "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (1946) and "Riding High" (1950). Riskin suffered a debilitating stroke in 1950, though he received credit for "Here Comes the Groom" (1951) and "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961), which were written before his illness. Though he died relatively young, Riskin's output - particularly with Capra - remained virtually unmatched.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 27% You Can't Run Away From It Screenwriter - 1956
No Score Yet 17% Half Angel Screenwriter - 1951
50% 37% Magic Town Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Library of Congress Producer - 1945
91% 83% Meet John Doe Screenwriter - 1941
No Score Yet 67% They Shall Have Music Producer - 1939
No Score Yet 38% The Real Glory Producer,
Associate Producer
- 1939
93% 88% You Can't Take It With You Writer - 1938
No Score Yet 45% When You're in Love Director - 1937
93% 82% Lost Horizon Screenwriter - 1937
91% 86% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Writer - 1936
99% 93% It Happened One Night Writer - 1934
100% 53% Broadway Bill Writer - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ann Carver's Profession Writer - 1933
100% 79% Lady for a Day Screenwriter - 1933
No Score Yet 38% Ex-Lady Writer - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Timer Writer - 1932
No Score Yet 36% Three Wise Girls Writer - 1932
No Score Yet 82% American Madness Writer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men in Her Life Writer - 1931
No Score Yet 40% Men Are Like That Writer - 1931
100% 76% The Miracle Woman Writer - 1931