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George Axelrod

Highest Rated: 97% The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Lady Vanishes (1979)

Birthday: Jun 09, 1922

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A consistently effective scenarist, Axelrod wrote often witty and always acute examinations of American social mores that produced several superior films of the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, The New York-born Axelrod found work writing scripts for radio programs, including "The Shadow," "Midnight" and "Grand Ole Opry," eventually branching into television. He said he contributed to or collaborated on more than 400 TV and radio scripts, and wrote for a number of top comedians, including Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin before earning breakout success with his 1954 stage version of "The Seven Year Itch," a risque social satire about a middle-class man who has an affair while his wife and children are on vacation. The play was a hit on Broadway but was deemed not ready for a mainstream audience the following year when it was made into a film directed by Billy wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe. The plot was watered-down with the husband (Tom Ewell) only fantasizing about having an affair.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 63% The Manchurian Candidate Screenwriter $65.9M 2004
No Score Yet 30% The Holcroft Covenant Writer (Screenplay) $151.6K 1985
33% 44% The Lady Vanishes Writer - 1979
No Score Yet 33% The Secret Life of an American Wife Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1968
78% 73% Lord Love a Duck Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1966
64% 64% How to Murder Your Wife Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1965
50% 66% Paris When It Sizzles Producer - 1964
97% 90% The Manchurian Candidate Producer,
Screenwriter
$1.9M 1962
88% 91% Breakfast at Tiffany's Writer - 1961
79% 62% Bus Stop Screenwriter - 1956
87% 76% The Seven Year Itch Screenwriter - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1955

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