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Philip G. Epstein

Highest Rated: 100% The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Lowest Rated: 57% Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Birthday: Aug 22, 1909

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Screenwriter Philip G. Epstein's life was cut short at the age of 42 by cancer, but his cinematic legacy was assured because of one film--"Casablanca." The screenplay for the movie, written with his twin brother, Julius, along with Howard Koch and an uncredited Casey Robinson, has long been heralded as one of the finest Hollywood scripts ever. However, who did what on it has always been a contentious affair. Koch and Robinson have always downplayed the involvement of the Epsteins, claiming that the brothers wrote only the comedy and police bits, while they handled, respectively, the political and romance angles. The Epsteins always maintained their authorship. No matter the real story, the brothers were deservedly honored (along with Koch) with Oscars for their work. Before and after "Casablanca," the New York City-raised Epsteins were experts at turning plays into movies, and they were also successful script doctors. Together, they wrote a number of hit films, including the tearjerkers "Four Wives" and "Mr. Skeffington" and the comedies "The Strawberry Blonde," "No Time for Comedy," "The Man Who Came to Dinner," and "Arsenic and Old Lace." In the late 1940s Jack Warner (head of Warner Bros.) gave their names to the HUAC Committee as possible Communists, much to the shock of the Epsteins' friends, who knew they were anything but. After Philip died shortly after, his brother continued to have a long screenwriting career.



78% 50% The Last Time I Saw Paris Writer - 1954
No Score Yet 48% My Foolish Heart Screenwriter - 1949
No Score Yet 75% War Comes to America Writer - 1945
No Score Yet 50% The Battle of China Screenwriter - 1944
83% 92% Arsenic and Old Lace Writer - 1944
57% 80% Mr. Skeffington Writer,
- 1944
No Score Yet 69% The Battle of Russia Writer - 1943
No Score Yet 73% The Battle of Britain Screenwriter - 1943
99% 95% Casablanca Writer - 1942
No Score Yet 58% Prelude to War Screenwriter - 1942
No Score Yet 58% The Male Animal Writer - 1942
100% 74% The Strawberry Blonde Screenwriter - 1941
86% 81% The Man Who Came to Dinner Screenwriter - 1941
No Score Yet 53% No Time for Comedy Screenwriter - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grand Jury Screenwriter - 1936