Dudley Nichols

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Sky (1952)
Birthday: Apr 6, 1895
Birthplace: Not Available
An Oscar-winning screenwriter and sometime director, Dudley Nichols started out as a reporter for the New York World and ventured to Hollywood in 1929 when the film capital began drawing in writers to work with the new medium of talking pictures. He began an early association with John Ford in Men Without Women (1930), and subsequently wrote or co-authored the screenplays for some of Ford's best-known films, including The Lost Patrol, Judge Priest, The Informer (which earned Oscars for writer and director), Stagecoach, The Long Voyage Home, and The Fugitive. Nichols' other screenwriting credits include Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby and Air Force; the scripts for Jean Renoir's two best English-language films, Swamp Water and This Land Is Mine; Fritz Lang's Man Hunt and Scarlet Street; and Leo McCarey's The Bells of St. Mary's. At its best, Nichols' screenwriting displays startling elements of lyricism and poetry -- Swamp Water, for example, has long, haunting passages amid its complex character development that sings of the mystery and wonder of its rural, swampland setting, and was so effective as a script that it was remade a decade later as Lure of the Wilderness. Conversely, The Bells of St. Mary's, despite its relatively light touch and gentle humor, raises serious philosophical and spiritual questions that give the movie much more substance than meets the eye. And Air Force, despite the restrictions of its wartime setting, manages to avoid most wartime cliches (although it did create a few) and is highlighted by a scene in which a dying pilot takes his plane up one last time, completely in his imagination. Man Hunt is a wartime thriller of extraordinary menace and unease, completely unlike the heroic vehicle that one would have expected. And Nichols could also delve into the dark side of the human spirit with equal effectiveness -- The Informer does just that, while wrestling with decidedly Christian themes of betrayal and morality. And Scarlet Street is so utterly bleak and amoral, that it is scary to watch, even 50 years later. Nichols also directed a handful of features: Government Girl, Sister Kenny, and Morning Becomes Electra, all of which received favorable critical notices but failed financially.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet The Hangman Screenwriter 1959
80% The Tin Star Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Run for the Sun Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Prince Valiant Screenwriter 1954
100% The Big Sky Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Rawhide Screenwriter 1951
67% Pinky Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Mourning Becomes Electra Director 1947
86% The Fugitive Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Sister Kenny Screenwriter Producer Director 1946
100% Scarlet Street Screenwriter 1945
94% The Bells of St. Mary's Screenwriter 1945
100% And Then There Were None Screenwriter 1945
60% It Happened Tomorrow Screenwriter 1944
71% This Land Is Mine Screenwriter Producer 1943
78% Air Force Screenwriter 1943
77% For Whom the Bell Tolls Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Swamp Water Screenwriter 1941
91% Man Hunt Screenwriter 1941
100% The Long Voyage Home Screenwriter 1940
100% Stagecoach Screenwriter 1939
93% Bringing Up Baby Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet The Toast of New York Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet The Hurricane Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet The Plough and the Stars Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet The Crusades Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Steamboat Round The Bend Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet She Screenwriter 1935
92% The Informer Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Life Begins at 40 Screenwriter 1935
100% The Lost Patrol Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Judge Priest Screenwriter 1934
80% Pilgrimage Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Hot Pepper Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Skyline Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Born Reckless Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Seas Beneath Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Men Without Women Screenwriter 1930


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