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Frances Marion

Highest Rated:   100% Dinner at Eight (1933)
Lowest Rated:   71% The Son of the Sheik (1926)
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Birthplace:   San Francisco, California, USA
American screenwriter Frances Marion was never certain of her birthdate, but thought that it was 1888 because she was told by her grandmother that the year was full of lucky eights. Thus she went through most of her life assuming herself one year younger than she was. One thing Marion did know for certain: she was the descendant of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, better known as the Swamp Fox -- hence her own name. In her early years, Marion dabbled in illustrating, acting and modelling before securing a reporter job at the San Francisco Examiner. Thanks to an acute manpower shortage and her own powers of persuasion, Marion was among the few female correspondents sent to the Front in World War One. Back in California, she began writing scenarios for movies, which brought her to the attention of producer Louis B. Mayer. Once Mayer helped organize MGM, Marion became the studio's top screenwriter, responsible for such Oscar-winning fare as The Big House (1930) and The Champ, and also the creative force behind many a Marion Davies vehicle. Because she was a favorite of Davies, there were rumors that Marion kept her job at MGM only through the aegis of Marion's "protector" William Randolph Hearst; some historians insist to this day (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary) that Marion was virtually illiterate and that her greatest scripts were ghosted by others. Married four times, Marion's third husband was cowboy star Fred Thomson, whose westerns were so unusually well written that it was hinted that Frances was penning them under a pseudonym (Thomson's sudden death in 1928 was a devastating loss for Marion, one that required several years' emotional recovery). Leaving MGM to free-lance in the late '30s, Marion worked on such projects as Universal's Green Hell (1940) and 20th Century-Fox's Molly and Me (1943). The last films to carry Marion's name on the credits were The Clown (1953) and The Champ (1979), both remakes of the 1931 version of The Champ. Long retired, Frances Marion wrote her autobiography Off with Their Heads in 1972, the year before her death.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Green Hell
  • Screenwriter
1940
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet Riff-Raff
  • Screenwriter
1936
91% Camille
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet The Prizefighter and the Lady
  • Screenwriter
1933
100% Dinner at Eight
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Peg o' My Heart
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Secrets
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Cynara
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Emma
  • Screenwriter
1932
83% The Champ
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet The Secret Six
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Min and Bill
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Let Us Be Gay
  • Screenwriter
1930
83% The Big House
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet The Rogue Song
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Anna Christie
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Their Own Desire
  • Screenwriter
1929
100% The Wind
  • Screenwriter
1928
No Score Yet The Cossacks
  • Screenwriter
1928
No Score Yet The Red Mill
  • Screenwriter
1927
No Score Yet Love (Anna Karenina)
  • Screenwriter
1927
No Score Yet The Winning of Barbara Worth
  • Screenwriter
1926
71% The Son of the Sheik
  • Screenwriter
1926
No Score Yet The Scarlet Letter
  • Screenwriter
1926
No Score Yet Stella Dallas
  • Screenwriter
1925
No Score Yet Lazybones
  • Screenwriter
1925
No Score Yet Through the Dark
  • Screenwriter
1924
No Score Yet Primitive Lover
  • Screenwriter
1922
No Score Yet Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Her Son, the Pretender
1921
No Score Yet The Love Light
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1921
No Score Yet Humoresque
  • Screenwriter
1920
No Score Yet Pollyanna
  • Screenwriter
1920
No Score Yet The Hoodlum (The Ragamuffin)
  • Screenwriter
1919
No Score Yet Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley
  • Screenwriter
1918
No Score Yet Stella Maris
  • Screenwriter
1918
No Score Yet The Little Princess
  • Screenwriter
1917
No Score Yet The Poor Little Rich Girl
  • Screenwriter
1917
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Screenwriter
1917
No Score Yet A Girl's Folly
  • Screenwriter
1917
No Score Yet Tillie Wakes Up
  • Screenwriter
1917
No Score Yet The Pride of the Clan
  • Screenwriter
1917
No Score Yet The Heart of a Hero
  • Screenwriter
1916

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