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Donald Ogden Stewart

Highest Rated:   100% A Woman's Face (1941)
Lowest Rated:   60% That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
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Had he so chosen, Ohio-born Donald Ogden Stewart could have lived the life of a wealthy socialite instead of playing such characters on stage. Educated at Yale, Stewart was well-off enough to indulge in his hobby of writing on a professional basis; he wrote several satirical novels that were a hit amongst the "smart set" of the '20s. Fellow Yale grad Philip Barry wrote the part of Nick Potter in the 1928 play Holiday with Stewart in mind, and with but a little persuasion convinced his friend to star in the play on Broadway. Stewart continued acting on stage in the company of long-time pals Elliott Nugent and Robert Montgomery, all of them adept at playing witty young sprouts in dinner jackets. He flirted with films from 1925 onward, when he was hired to adapt his own novel Brown of Harvard to the screen. Stewart made his talkie bow in a supporting role in the Marion Davies vehicle Not So Dumb (1929); after that, his contributions to the screen were primarily focused on writing, aside from a few bit parts in his own films. Most often, Stewart was called in to provide additional dialogue in order to punch up a too-serious script; in this capacity, Stewart contributed to Smilin' Through (1932) Dinner at Eight (1933), and The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). In 1940 he won an Academy Award for adapting his friend Philip Barry's play The Philadelphia Story to the screen. Stewart's screenwriting career flourished until the end of the '40s, at which time he was blacklisted for being a "premature anti-fascist" in the years before World War II. Forced to resettle professionally in London, Stewart's screenwriting assignments diminished, and he returned to penning books and articles; his bitterness over his treatment during the Hollywood witchhunt severly affected his ability to be funny in his latter-day works. After recovering from a near-fatal stroke, Donald Ogden Stewart gained a new appreciation of the good things in life, which he recorded in his 1974 autobiography A Stroke of Luck.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Escapade
  • Screenwriter
1957
62% An Affair to Remember
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet Edward, My Son
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane
  • Screenwriter
1947
91% Life With Father
  • Screenwriter
1947
No Score Yet Without Love
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame
  • Screenwriter
1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan
  • Screenwriter
1942
100% A Woman's Face
  • Screenwriter
1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet Smilin' Through
  • Screenwriter
1941
75% Kitty Foyle
  • Screenwriter
1940
100% The Philadelphia Story
  • Screenwriter
1940
86% Love Affair
  • Screenwriter
1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Screenwriter
1938
100% Holiday
  • Screenwriter
1938
100% The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet No More Ladies
  • Drunk
  • Screenwriter
1935
71% The Barretts of Wimpole Street
  • Screenwriter
1934
100% Dinner at Eight
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Smilin' Through
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Rebound
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Tarnished Lady
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Laughter
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Not So Dumb
  • Van Dyck
1930
No Score Yet Brown of Harvard
  • Screenwriter
1926
No Score Yet Going Hollywood
  • Screenwriter
1923

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