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Charles Lederer

  • Highest Rated: 100% Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 52% Ocean's 11 (1960)
  • Birthday: Dec 31, 1911
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of a New York theatrical producer and the nephew of film-star Marion Davies, Charles Lederer spent his 20s as a high-profile "boy wonder" journalist. Much of his work appeared in the publications of William Randolph Hearst, Davies' constant companion. Renowned for his quick wit, Lederer was a boon companion to most of New York's literary giants. Chief among these was Ben Hecht, who arranged for Lederer's first movie assignment: writing additional dialogue for the 1931 cinemadaptation of Hecht and Charles MacArthur's stage play The Front Page (Lederer also co-scripted the 1940 remake, His Girl Friday). No matter how busy, Lederer always managed to find time for his legendary practical jokes, usually in collusion with his Hollywood crony Harpo Marx. He shuttled between California and New York throughout the 1940s and 1950s, producing and/or co-writing such Broadway hits as Kismet and Can Can, and contributing to the screenplays of such noteworthy films as Kiss of Death (1947) and The Thing (1951). Lederer also directed three films: the 1942 murder mystery Fingers at the Window, the 1951 domestic seriocomic On the Loose, and the 1959 musical curiosity Never Steal Anything Small. Charles Lederer was married twice, first to Virginia Nicholson (ex-wife of another "boy wonder", Orson Welles), then to film actress Anne Shirley.

Highest Rated Movies

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No Score Yet A Global Affair Screenwriter 1964
67% Mutiny on the Bounty Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Follow that Dream Screenwriter 1962
52% Ocean's 11 Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Can-Can Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet It Started With a Kiss Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small Screenwriter Director 1959
No Score Yet The Fiend Who Walked the West Screenwriter 1958
84% The Spirit of St. Louis Screenwriter 1957
57% Kismet Screenwriter 1955
98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Screenwriter 1953
88% Monkey Business Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet On the Loose Director 1951
88% The Thing from Another World Screenwriter 1951
88% Macbeth Witch 1950
80% I Was a Male War Bride Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Her Husband's Affairs Screenwriter 1947
88% Kiss of Death Screenwriter 1947
100% Ride the Pink Horse Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Fingers at the Window Director 1942
100% Love Crazy Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Comrade X Screenwriter 1940
100% I Love You Again Screenwriter 1940
98% His Girl Friday Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Double or Nothing Screenwriter 1937
92% The Front Page Screenwriter 1931

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