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Martin Rackin

  • Highest Rated: 100% Desperate (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% North to Alaska (1960)
  • Birthday: Jul 31, 1918
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Martin Rackin was the son of a silk-mill owner who died when Rackin was 11. To make ends meet, young Rackin took on several jobs, including delivery boy for a hat store. While thus employed, he made the acquaintance of humorist Damon Runyon, who encouraged Rackin to give writing a try. Still in his teens, Rackin became a copy boy for the New York Mirror, working his way up to assistant nightclub columnist. He also toiled away as a publicist and speech writer before heading to Hollywood in 1941. As an MGM contract screenwriter, he wrote extensively for comedian Red Skelton, and later in the 1950s produced and directed Skelton's TV show. His upward mobility in Hollywood interrupted only by four years' service with the USAF, Rackin spent several years at RKO, then freelanced as a producer/writer throughout the 1950s. After maintaining his own production company in partnership with screenwriter John Lee Mahin, Rackin became head of production at Paramount, a post he held from 1960 to 1964. Martin Rackin spent the rest of his screen career as an independent producer; he died of a heart attack during a business trip to London in 1976, four years after the completion of his final production, Two Mules for Sister Sara.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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64% Two Mules for Sister Sara Producer 1970
No Score Yet Violence à Jericho Producer 1967
No Score Yet Stagecoach Producer 1966
50% North to Alaska Screenwriter 1960
89% The Horse Soldiers Producer Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Fort Dobbs Producer 1958
No Score Yet Darby's Rangers Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Deep Six Screenwriter Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Helen Morgan Story Producer 1957
No Score Yet The Big Land Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair Producer 1957
No Score Yet Santiago Screenwriter Producer 1956
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet The Stooge Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet The Clown Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Loan Shark Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Distant Drums Screenwriter 1951
88% The Enforcer Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Three Secrets Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet A Dangerous Profession Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Fighter Squadron Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Riffraff Screenwriter 1947
100% Desperate Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Air Raid Wardens Screenwriter 1943

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