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John Lee Mahin

Highest Rated:   100% The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Lowest Rated:   43% North to Alaska (1960)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Moment to Moment
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet The Spiral Road
  • Screenwriter
1962
43% North to Alaska
  • Producer
1960
100% The Horse Soldiers
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1959
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants
  • Screenwriter
1958
88% Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
  • Screenwriter
1957
68% The Bad Seed
  • Screenwriter
1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant
  • Screenwriter
1955
60% Elephant Walk
  • Screenwriter
1954
82% Mogambo
  • Screenwriter
1953
60% 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
93% 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
43% Naughty Marietta
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Chained
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Eskimo
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet The Prizefighter and the Lady
  • Screenwriter
1933
89% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell)
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Hell Below
  • Screenwriter
  • Lt. Nelson
1933
100% Scarface
  • MacArthur of the Tribune
1932
No Score Yet The Beast of the City
  • Screenwriter
1932
100% Red Dust
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade
  • Screenwriter
1932

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