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Blake Edwards

Highest Rated:   100% Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Screenwriter
1993
33% Switch
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1991
36% Skin Deep
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
17% Sunset
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
22% Blind Date
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
46% That's Life!
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1986
No Score Yet A Fine Mess
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
67% Micki + Maude
  • Director
1984
21% City Heat
  • Screenwriter
1984
36% 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
90% S.O.B.
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$14.9M 1981
71% 10
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
82% 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
60% Wild Rovers
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Darling Lili
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1970
79% The Party
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet Waterhole No. 3
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet Gunn
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
40% 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
84% 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
89% 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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