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Herman J. Mankiewicz

Highest Rated: 100% The Lost Squadron (1932)

Lowest Rated: 43% A Woman's Secret (1949)

Birthday: Nov 7, 1897

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Though once the highest paid screenwriter working in Hollywood, Herman J. Mankiewicz struggled later in his career, only to be resurrected by wunderkind Orson Welles, who hired him to write one of the greatest movies ever made, "Citizen Kane" (1941). Mankiewicz made a go of Hollywood in the mid-1920s after a career as a reporter and theater critic, becoming the head of the script department at Paramount Pictures. He wrote or collaborated on dozens of pictures during the silent era, and with the advent of sound, produced early Marx Brothers classics like "Monkey Business" (1930), "Horse Feathers" (1932) and "Duck Soup" (1933). He also worked frequently with W.C. Fields, including on "Million Dollar Legs" (1932), and was at the peak of his career in the early 1930s. Following this, he had some years of struggle, and Mankiewicz was on the outs with Hollywood for a time, until Welles brought him on to write "Citizen Kane." Despite controversy from its unflattering portrayal of William Randolph Hearst and a dispute about writing credit, Mankiewicz won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He went on to write another Oscar-nominated film, "The Pride of the Yankees" (1942), and did enough acclaimed work that he left behind a lasting legacy as one of classic Hollywood's most gifted writers.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
43% 33% A Woman's Secret Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1949
No Score Yet 52% The Spanish Main Screenwriter - 1945
78% 51% Christmas Holiday Screenwriter - 1944
94% 89% The Pride of the Yankees Screenwriter - 1942
99% 90% Citizen Kane Writer $977.3K 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Dear Miss Aldrich Writer - 1937
No Score Yet 60% After Office Hours Screenwriter - 1935
91% 91% Duck Soup Producer - 1933
100% 55% The Lost Squadron Writer - 1932
No Score Yet 30% Man of the World Screenwriter - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies Love Brutes Screenwriter - 1930
No Score Yet 71% The Royal Family of Broadway Writer - 1930
70% 43% Thunderbolt Screenwriter - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man I Love Screenwriter - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mating Call Writer - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Mandalay Writer - 1926