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Don McGuire

  • Highest Rated: 97% Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Humoresque (1946)
  • Birthday: Feb 28, 1919
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Former press agent Don McGuire turned to acting in 1945. McGuire's pencil-thin mustache and patronizing persona made him a useful screen antagonist to such stars as Red Skelton (The Fuller Brush Man) and Frank Sinatra (Double Dynamite). His friendship with Sinatra lead to his first screenwriting assignment, Meet Danny Wilson (1951). He was also a pal of comedian Jerry Lewis, collaborating on Jerry's "all star" home movies in the 1950s. After scripting several topnotch 1950s films--including a handful of Martin and Lewis efforts--he landed his first directorial job, the 1956 Frank Sinatra western Johnny Concho. He then directed Jerry Lewis' first solo effort, The Delicate Delinquent (1957). His third and last theatrical-feature directorial gig was 1957's Hear Me Good, a Runyonesque comedy starring TV game show host Hal March. In partnership with comedian Jackie Cooper, McGuire wrote, produced and directed Cooper's TV sitcom Hennessey. After splitting with Cooper, McGuire turned to writing novels. In 1982, Don McGuire shared an Academy Award - posthumously - with the eminent Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal - for his first draft of the Dustin Hoffman comedy blockbuster Tootsie.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet The Tall Stranger Settler 1957
No Score Yet The Delicate Delinquent Policeman Screenwriter Director 1957
83% Fear Strikes Out Attendant 1957
78% Artists and Models Screenwriter 1955
97% Bad Day at Black Rock Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown) Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Meet Danny Wilson Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money) R.B. Pulsifer Jr. 1951
No Score Yet Three Guys Named Mike MacWade Parker 1951
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery Det. Danny Ryan 1950
No Score Yet The Threat Joe Turner 1949
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture Bus Guide 1949
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Man Keenan Wallick 1948
89% Possessed Dr. Craig 1947
No Score Yet Love and Learn Delaney 1947
No Score Yet That Way with Women Slade 1947
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss Truck Driver 1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love Johnny O'Connor 1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose Terry O'Rourke 1947
60% Humoresque Eddie 1946
No Score Yet Shadow of a Woman Johnnie, MacKellar's Photographer 1946
No Score Yet San Antonio Cowboy 1945
No Score Yet Pride of the Marines Irish 1945
No Score Yet Pillow to Post Archie, Sailor on Bus 1945
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot A.V.G. Groundman 1945
No Score Yet Sideshow Actor

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