Carl Foreman

Carl Foreman

Highest Rated: 96% High Noon (1952)

Lowest Rated: 0% When Time Ran Out (1980)

Birthday: Jul 23, 1914

Birthplace: Not Available

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, American writer/producer/director Carl Foreman studied for a law career before choosing to enter the publicity business. Foreman's first screenwriting credits were for Monogram's low-budget East Side Kids 6-reelers of the early '40s. After wartime service with the Signal Corps, Foreman joined novice film producer Stanley Kramer, receiving his first "prestige" screenplay credit for the 1948 Henry Morgan vehicle So This is New York. Foreman remained with the Kramer Company until High Noon (1952), at which time he was threatened with blacklisting due to his "hostile" testimony before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. While everyone involved in High Noon stood by Foreman, including the picture's rabidly anti-communist star Cooper, the film would be the writer's last screen credit for many years. He subsequently wrote under a series of pseudonyms, and often for no billing whatsoever. Though it was an open secret in Hollywood that Foreman wrote the screenplay for the 1957 Oscar-winning Bridge on the River Kwai, the political climate of the era dictated that the "Best Screenplay" Oscar for River Kwai would go to French writer Pierre Boule, the Frenchman who'd written the novel on which the film was based--and who spoke no English (the Academy would not honor Foreman for this film until after his death in 1985). Retreating to England, Foreman set up a production company called Open Road, producing and writing such films as The Key (1958) and The Guns of Navarrone (1961). In 1963, Foreman made his directing bow with The Victors, a sloppy wartime epic laden with sledgehammer political statements which made a pile of money at the box office. (Foreman took the opportunity of The Victors to reactivate his dream of adapting William Bradford Huie's book The Execution of Private Slovik for the screen; in Victors, a Slovik-like soldier is executed while the soundtrack booms forth a cheery rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"). The president of the British writer's guild from 1965 through 1971, Foreman was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1970. By the time he returned to Hollywood in 1975, Carl Foreman's most creative days were behind him; typical of his final projects was a halfhearted rehash of his Guns of Navarrone triumph, 1978's Force Ten From Navarrone.

Highest Rated Movies



0% When Time Ran Out Screenwriter 1980
54% Force 10 From Navarone Screenwriter Executive Producer 1978
50% Young Winston Screenwriter Producer 1972
No Score Yet Living Free Producer Executive Producer 1972
No Score Yet The Virgin Soldiers Executive Producer Producer 1969
20% MacKenna's Gold Screenwriter Producer 1969
No Score Yet Otley Producer Executive Producer 1968
94% Born Free Executive Producer Producer 1966
No Score Yet The Victors Director Producer Screenwriter 1963
95% The Guns of Navarone Executive Producer Screenwriter 1961
90% The Mouse That Roared Executive Producer Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Key Screenwriter Producer Executive Producer 1958
95% The Bridge on the River Kwai Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet The Sleeping Tiger Screenwriter 1954
96% High Noon Screenwriter Producer 1952
85% Cyrano de Bergerac Screenwriter 1950
77% The Men Screenwriter 1950
80% Young Man With a Horn Screenwriter 1950
83% Home of the Brave Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet The Clay Pigeon Screenwriter 1949
93% Champion Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet So This Is New York Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Know Your Enemy - Japan Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Rhythm Parade Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Spooks Run Wild Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Bowery Blitzkrieg Screenwriter 1941


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