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Dudley Nichols

Highest Rated:   100% The Big Sky (1952)
Lowest Rated:   67% Pinky (1949)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet It Happened Tomorrow
  • Screenwriter
1944
71% This Land Is Mine
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1943
88% Air Force
  • Screenwriter
1943
77% For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet Swamp Water
  • Screenwriter
1941
90% Man Hunt
  • Screenwriter
1941
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Screenwriter
1940
100% Stagecoach
  • Screenwriter
1939
95% 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 Crusades
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Steamboat Round The Bend
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet She
  • Screenwriter
1935
91% 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
No Score Yet Pilgrimage
  • 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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