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Charles Lederer

Highest Rated:   100% Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
Lowest Rated:   48% Ocean's Eleven (1960)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Global Affair
  • Screenwriter
1964
71% Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Screenwriter
1962
No Score Yet Follow that Dream
  • Screenwriter
1962
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • 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
88% The Thing from Another World
  • Screenwriter
1951
88% Macbeth
  • Witch
1950
79% I Was a Male War Bride
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Her Husband's Affairs
  • Screenwriter
1947
86% 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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