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Abraham Polonsky

  • Highest Rated: 100% Madigan (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Monsignor (1982)
  • Birthday: Dec 5, 1910
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A law school graduate, New York-born Abraham Polonsky entered movies after a short teaching career, as a screenwriter. After serving with the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) during World War II, he returned to Hollywood and, after a brief stint with Paramount, wrote the screenplay for the independent production Body and Soul. With help from producer Bob Roberts, Polonsky ascended to the director's chair for Force of Evil, a stunning film noir that attracted a great deal of attention despite major distribution problems. Unfortunately, Polonsky blacklisted in 1950 after refusing to testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. He continued to work as a screenwriter, but didn't get another chance to direct until 1970 in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own) Actor 1998
0% Monsignor Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet Avalanche Express Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet Romance of a Horsethief Director Screenwriter 1971
83% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Director Screenwriter 1969
100% Madigan Screenwriter 1968
88% Odds Against Tomorrow Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet I Can Get it For You Wholesale Screenwriter 1951
100% Force of Evil Director Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Golden Earrings Screenwriter 1947
100% Body and Soul Screenwriter 1947

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