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Robert Riskin

Highest Rated: 100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Lowest Rated: 50% Magic Town (1947)

Birthday: Mar 30, 1897

Birthplace: Not Available

Screenwriter Robert Riskin entered the film business as a teenager, at a time (1914) when anyone with a glimmer of talent was allowed to work on what were then called scenarios. During the 1920's, Robertson kept busy on Broadway, penning such popular plays as Illicit and Bless You Sister. On the Columbia Pictures payroll in 1931, Riskin found himself adapting many of his own works for the screen -- including Bless You Sister, which ended up as the Frank Capra production The Miracle Woman. Riskin and Capra liked each other's work, and, as a result, Riskin contributed the wisecracking dialogue for Capra's Platinum Blonde (1931). Future Riskin/Capra collaborations included American Madness (1932), Lady for a Day (1933), It Happened One Night (1934) (which won Riskin an Oscar), Broadway Bill (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936), Lost Horizon (1937) and You Can't Take It With You (1938). Free of their Columbia contracts in 1941, Riskin and Capra formed their own production company to put together Meet John Doe. In later years, Capra would sometimes comment that he'd often have to tone down Riskin's Manhattan-bred cynicism; it's also likely that Riskin may have bristled at Capra's tendency to take all the credit for his collaborators' contributions. In 1937, Riskin ventured into directing for the first and last time with the Grace Moore musical When You're In Love (1937). In 1942, he married actress Fay Wray, who later put her own career on hold to nurse Riskin through a debilitating (and eventually fatal) neurological illness.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It Screenwriter 1956
60% Here Comes the Groom Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Half Angel Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Mister 880 Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Riding High Screenwriter 1950
50% Magic Town Producer 1947
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Screenwriter 1946
60% The Thin Man Goes Home Screenwriter 1945
91% Meet John Doe Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet The Real Glory Producer 1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music Producer 1939
93% You Can't Take It With You Screenwriter 1938
93% Lost Horizon Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet When You're in Love Director Screenwriter 1937
90% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Screenwriter 1936
100% The Whole Town's Talking Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Carnival (Carnival Nights) Screenwriter 1935
100% Broadway Bill Screenwriter 1934
98% It Happened One Night Screenwriter 1934
100% Lady for a Day Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Ann Carver's Profession Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Virtue Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet American Madness Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Shopworn Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet The Big Timer Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Hombres en Mi Vida Screenwriter 1932
88% Platinum Blonde Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Arizona Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Men in Her Life Screenwriter 1931


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