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John Lee Mahin

  • Highest Rated: 100% A Star Is Born (1937)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% North to Alaska (1960)
  • Birthday: Aug 23, 1902
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of an advertising man, John Lee Mahin's first ambition was to be a playwright. Mahin spent a season as an actor with the Provincetown Playhouse before deciding upon a career in journalism. While attending Harvard, he secured a job as movie critic for publisher William Randolph Hearst's Boston American, a job that abruptly came to an end when Mahin slammed Hearst's "protégé," actress Marion Davies. Undaunted, Mahin went on to write for several New York dailies. In 1931, he was invited by Ben Hecht to come to Hollywood and try his luck as a screenwriter. Mahin spent most of his subsequent movie career at MGM. He was a personal favorite of actor Clark Gable and director Victor Fleming, frequently contributing additional dialogue or rewrites to their films without screen credit. In 1933, he helped organize the Screen Writers' Guild, but after becoming disenchanted with the leftist leanings of many of his colleagues, he left the SWG to join the studio-sanctioned Screen Playwrights union. His outspoken conservatism came to the forefront during the "blacklist" era, a fact that has earned him the vilification of many latter-day film historians. In 1959, he formed a production company with fellow screenwriter Martin Rackin: the results of this collaboration were two of John Wayne's best films, The Horse Soldiers (1959) and North to Alaska (1960). Closing out his film career in 1966, Mahin moved into television; his last project was The Jimmy Stewart Show, a one-season sitcom from 1971. Martin Rackin earned Oscar nominations for his work on 1937's Captains Courageous and 1957's Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (his personal favorite), and in 1957 was honored with the SWG's Laurel Award for lifetime achievement.

Highest Rated Movies

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No Score Yet Moment to Moment Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet The Spiral Road Screenwriter 1962
50% North to Alaska Producer 1960
90% The Horse Soldiers Screenwriter Producer 1959
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants Screenwriter 1958
88% Heaven Knows Mr. Allison Screenwriter 1957
63% The Bad Seed Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant Screenwriter 1955
60% Elephant Walk Screenwriter 1954
85% Mogambo Screenwriter 1953
50% My Son John Screenwriter 1952
88% Quo Vadis? Screenwriter 1951
89% Show Boat Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Down to the Sea in Ships Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Tortilla Flat Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Screenwriter 1942
65% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Boom Town Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet The Last Gangster Screenwriter 1937
94% Captains Courageous Screenwriter 1937
100% A Star Is Born Screenwriter 1937
80% Love on the Run Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet The Devil Is a Sissy Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Small Town Girl (One Horse Town) Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary Screenwriter 1936
50% Naughty Marietta Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Chained Screenwriter 1934
100% Treasure Island Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Eskimo Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Laughing Boy Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet The Prizefighter and the Lady Screenwriter 1933
90% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell) Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Hell Below Screenwriter Lt. Nelson 1933
100% Scarface MacArthur of the Tribune Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet The Beast of the City Screenwriter 1932
100% Red Dust Screenwriter 1932

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