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Charles Brackett

Highest Rated: 100% A Foreign Affair (1948)

Lowest Rated: 11% State Fair (1962)

Birthday: Nov 26, 1892

Birthplace: Not Available

American writer/producer Charles Brackett followed in the tradition of his father, a New York legislator, by attending Harvard University. Completing his law studies after World War One service, Brackett turned to writing magazine articles and novels; this led to a stint as drama critic for The New Yorker. Upon the arrival of talkies in 1929, many of Brackett's literary works were optioned by Hollywood. It wasn't long before he was called to Tinseltown to write directly for the screen, though it wouldn't be until 1935 (three years after arriving in California) that he'd receive his first on-screen credit. Signed with Paramount, Brackett was obliged by the studio to write in tandem with Billy Wilder. The men argued constantly (Brackett thought that Wilder was "dirty-minded"), but what flowed from their typewriters was pure gold. When Wilder became a director, he continued to collaborate with Brackett, despite the fact that their mutual animosity had only increased with success. Brackett and Wilder shared an Oscar for Sunset Boulevard (1949) -- a project Brackett had opposed from the start; their stormy relationship ended shortly afterward. Despite their differences, Brackett and Wilder respected one another's talents, and when Brackett found himself enmeshed in a nasty legal tangle with 20th Century-Fox, it was Wilder who rallied the industry to his ex-partner's defense. Brackett won a second "best screenplay" Oscar for 1953's Titanic (1953); he was also president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1949 through 1955. After working on the 1962 remake of State Fair, Charles Brackett fell seriously ill and reluctantly went into retirement.

Highest Rated Movies



11% State Fair Producer 1962
No Score Yet High Time Producer 1960
83% Journey to the Center of the Earth Screenwriter Producer 1959
No Score Yet Blue Denim Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Gift of Love Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Wayward Bus Producer 1957
No Score Yet Teenage Rebel Screenwriter Producer 1956
96% The King and I Producer 1956
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June Producer 1956
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Producer Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen Producer 1955
No Score Yet Woman's World Producer 1954
83% Garden of Evil Producer 1954
91% Titanic Screenwriter Producer 1953
80% Niagara Screenwriter Producer 1953
No Score Yet The Mating Season Producer Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet The Model and the Marriage Broker Screenwriter Producer 1951
99% Sunset Boulevard Screenwriter Producer 1950
100% A Foreign Affair Screenwriter Producer 1948
70% The Emperor Waltz Producer Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions Screenwriter Producer 1948
81% To Each His Own Producer Screenwriter 1946
97% The Lost Weekend Producer Screenwriter 1945
83% State Fair Producer 1945
95% The Uninvited Producer 1944
100% Five Graves to Cairo Producer Screenwriter 1943
100% The Major and the Minor Screenwriter 1942
100% Hold Back the Dawn Screenwriter 1941
100% Ball of Fire Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Arise, My Love Screenwriter 1940
97% Ninotchka Screenwriter 1939
93% Midnight Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet That Certain Age Screenwriter 1938
44% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Live, Love and Learn Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Enter Madame Screenwriter 1935


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