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Robert Riskin

Lowest Rated:   50% Magic Town (1947)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It
  • Screenwriter
1956
No Score Yet 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
89% Meet John Doe
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet The Real Glory
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music
  • Producer
1939
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • Screenwriter
1938
100% Lost Horizon
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet When You're in Love
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1937
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Screenwriter
1936
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Carnival (Carnival Nights)
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet 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
100% Platinum Blonde
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Arizona
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Men in Her Life
  • Screenwriter
1931

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