Blake Edwards

Birthday: Jul 26, 1922
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
American filmmaker Blake Edwards was the grandson of J. Gordon Edwards, director of such silent film epics as The Queen of Sheba (1922). Blake started his own film career as an actor in 1943; he played bits in A-movies and leads in B-movies, paying his dues in such trivialities as Gangs of the Waterfront and Strangler of the Swamp (both 1945). He turned to writing radio scripts, distinguishing himself on the above-average Dick Powell detective series Richard Diamond. As a screenwriter and staff producer at Columbia, Edwards was frequently teamed with director Richard Quine for such lightweight entertainment as Sound Off (1952), Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1953), and Cruisin' Down the River (1953). He also served as associate producer on the popular syndicated Rod Cameron TV vehicle City Detective the same year. Given his first chance to direct a movie in 1955, Edwards turned out a Richard Quine-like musical, Bring Your Smile Along; ironically, as Edwards' prestige grew, his style would be imitated by Quine. A felicitous contract at Universal led Edwards to his first big box-office successes, including the Tony Curtis film Mister Cory (1957) and Cary Grant's Operation Petticoat (1959).In 1958, Edwards produced, directed, and occasionally wrote for a hip TV detective series, Peter Gunn, which was distinguished by its film noir camerawork and driving jazz score by Henry Mancini. A second series, Mr. Lucky (1959), contained many of the elements that made Peter Gunn popular, but suffered from a bad time slot and network interference. (Lucky was a gambler, a profession frowned upon by the more sanctimonious CBS executives.) The show did, however, introduce Edwards to actor Ross Martin, who later appeared as an asthmatic criminal in Edwards' film Experiment in Terror (1962). Continuing to turn out box-office bonanzas like Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Edwards briefly jumped on the comedy bandwagon of the mid-'60s with the slapstick epic The Great Race (1965), which the director dedicated to his idols, "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy." (Edwards' next homage to the duo was the far less successful 1986 comedy A Fine Mess). In 1964, Edwards introduced the bumbling Inspector Clouseau to an unsuspecting world in The Pink Panther, leading to a string of money-spinning Clouseau films starring Peter Sellers; actually, The Pink Panther was Edwards' second Clouseau movie, since A Shot in the Dark, although released after Panther, was filmed first. Despite the carefree spirit and great success of his comedies, Edwards hit a snag with Darling Lili (1969), a World War I musical starring Edwards' wife Julie Andrews. The film was a questionable piece to begin with (audiences were asked to sympathize with a German spy who cheerfully sent young British pilots to their deaths), but was made incomprehensible by Paramount's ruthless editing. Darling Lili sent Edwards career into decline, although he came back with the 1979 comedy hit 10 and the scabrous satirical film S.O.B. (1981). Edwards' track record in the 1980s and '90s was uneven, with such films as Blind Date (1987), Sunset (1988), and Switch (1991). The director was also unsuccessful in his attempts to revive the Pink Panther comedies minus the services of Sellers (who had died in 1980) as Clouseau. Still, Edwards always seemed able to find someone to bankroll his projects. And he left something of a legacy to Hollywood through his actress daughter Jennifer Edwards and screenwriter son Geoffrey Edwards.In 2004, just when the world began to think it might never again hear from Edwards, the filmmaker gave a slapsticky acceptance speech in response to an honorary Academy Award. He died six years later, of complications from pneumonia, at the age of 88.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Die Titelmacher Actor 2014
No Score Yet Mister Cory Screenwriter Director 2011
No Score Yet He Laughed Last Screenwriter Director 2011
No Score Yet The Pink Panther Story Actor 2003
6% Son of the Pink Panther Director 1993
33% Switch Screenwriter Director 1991
33% Skin Deep Director Screenwriter 1989
17% Sunset Director Screenwriter 1988
21% Blind Date Director Screenwriter 1987
46% That's Life! Director Screenwriter 1986
33% A Fine Mess Screenwriter Director 1986
71% Micki + Maude Director 1984
19% City Heat Screenwriter 1984
33% The Man Who Loved Women Director Producer Screenwriter 1983
29% Curse of the Pink Panther Director Producer Screenwriter 1983
25% Trail of the Pink Panther Director Producer Screenwriter 1982
96% Victor Victoria Screenwriter Actor Producer Director 1982
86% S.O.B. Producer Executive Producer Director Screenwriter $14.9M 1981
68% 10 Producer Screenwriter Director 1979
78% The Revenge of the Pink Panther Director Screenwriter Producer 1978
83% The Pink Panther Strikes Again Screenwriter Director Producer 1976
89% The Return of the Pink Panther Director Producer Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet The Tamarind Seed Director Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet The Carey Treatment (A Case of Murder) (Emergency Ward) Director 1972
50% Wild Rovers Producer Screenwriter Director 1971
40% Darling Lili Producer Screenwriter Director 1970
82% The Party Director Screenwriter Producer 1968
No Score Yet Waterhole No. 3 Producer 1967
No Score Yet Gunn Director Screenwriter 1967
45% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Producer Director 1966
74% The Great Race Director Actor 1965
93% A Shot in the Dark Director Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Soldier in the Rain Screenwriter 1963
90% The Pink Panther Director Screenwriter 1963
100% Days of Wine and Roses Director 1962
100% Experiment in Terror Producer Director 1962
No Score Yet The Notorious Landlady Screenwriter 1962
88% Breakfast at Tiffany's Director 1961
No Score Yet High Time Director 1960
85% Operation Petticoat Director 1959
No Score Yet The Perfect Furlough (Strictly for Pleasure) Director 1958
No Score Yet This Happy Feeling Director Screenwriter 1958
No Score Yet Operation Mad Ball Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Bring Your Smile Along Screenwriter Director 1955
No Score Yet My Sister Eileen Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Drive a Crooked Road Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Sound Off Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Panhandle Floyd Schofield Producer Screenwriter 1948
96% The Best Years of Our Lives Corporal 1946
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Sailor 1946
No Score Yet Till the End of Time Foreman 1946
No Score Yet Strangler of the Swamp Chris 1946
90% They Were Expendable Gunner 1945
No Score Yet Guest in the House Soldier 1944
80% Wing and a Prayer Pilot 1944
No Score Yet Marine Raiders Marine 1944
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Flier 1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 2nd Officer 1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling Lt. Eley 1944
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Cadet 1942

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