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James K. McGuinness

Highest Rated:   75% Rio Grande (1950)
Lowest Rated:   75% Rio Grande (1950)
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American screenwriter James Kevin McGuinness started at Fox, where he worked on such early talkies as The Black Watch (1929) and Salute (1929). In 1933, McGuinness signed on at MGM as a screenwriter, associate producer, and, eventually, full producer. Seldom working on shooting scripts, he was essentially a story man: his original treatment for the Marx Brothers' 1935 vehicle A Night at the Opera bears little resemblance to the finished film, beyond a handful of characters and situations. By 1941, McGuinness was the second highest-paid writer in Hollywood, ranking just below Jo Swerling. In 1930, he directed his only film, The Woman From Hell; and in 1943, he briefly turned to acting (after a fashion) as narrator of the patriotic documentary The Battle of Midway. After leaving MGM in the late 1940s, he wrote and produced at Columbia and RKO until his retirement. Beyond his work on such memorable films as Tarzan and His Mate (1934) and China Seas, McGuinness is most famous (or, in some circles, infamous) for his reactionary right-wing political beliefs. Upset with the liberal slant of the Screen Writers Guild, McGuinness and several other conservative writers formed the studio-approved Screen Playwrights union, and during the 1947 HUAC investigation of alleged communist activities in Hollywood, "friendly witness" James Kevin McGuinness fingered several of his fellow screenwriters as potential subversives.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
75% Rio Grande
  • Screenwriter
1950
No Score Yet The Battle of Midway
  • Commentary
1942
No Score Yet Men of Boys Town
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet I Take This Woman
  • Screenwriter
1940
No Score Yet Lord Jeff
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet Madame X
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet China Seas
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet The Solitaire Man
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Born Reckless
  • Producer
1930
No Score Yet Salute
  • Screenwriter
1929
No Score Yet The Black Watch
  • Screenwriter
1929
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port
  • Screenwriter
1928

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