Jo Swerling

Highest Rated: 100% Blood and Sand (1941)
Lowest Rated: 71% Man's Castle (1933)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
A refugee of the Russian Czarist regime, Joseph "Jo" Swerling grew up on New York's lower East Side, where he sold newspapers to help support his family. Swerling moved up the journalist ladder to become a newspaper and magazine writer in the early '20s, then launched a prolific playwriting career, scoring a major success with 1929's The Kibitzer, which he co-wrote with actor Edward G. Robinson (among his later Broadway efforts was the 1950 musical blockbuster Guys and Dolls). Also in 1929, Swerling was brought to Hollywood by Columbia Pictures chieftain Harry Cohn. Summoned to Cohn's office to assess the screenplay for the latest Frank Capra picture, Swerling angrily derided the script as trash, and vowed that he could do better without even trying. Impressed by this display of bravado, Cohn and Capra ordered the writer to put up or shut up. The result was Ladies of Leisure (1930), the first of several fruitful Capra-Swerling collaborations, culminating in the 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life. Some have claimed that Frank Capra's fabled cinematic populism was more due to Swerling, a Roosevelt Democrat, than Capra, a rock-ribbed Republican (whatever the case, the collaboration ended abruptly when Swerling, like many others before him, finally tired of Capra's credit-hogging tendencies). Active in films until 1961, Swerling wrote for many other top Hollywood directors; in 1942, he shared an Academy Award nomination for his work on Sam Wood's Pride of the Yankees (1942). Jo Swerling was the father of TV writer/producer/director Jo Swerling Jr.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties Screenwriter 1961
90% Leave Her to Heaven Screenwriter 1945
92% Lifeboat Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Crash Dive Screenwriter 1943
93% The Pride of the Yankees Screenwriter 1942
100% Blood and Sand Screenwriter 1941
100% The Westerner Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet The Real Glory Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet I Am the Law Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Double Wedding Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Pennies From Heaven Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Love Me Forever Screenwriter 1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Lady by Choice Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet No Greater Glory Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Sisters Under the Skin Screenwriter 1934
71% Man's Castle Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Below the Sea Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Washington Merry-Go-Round Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Shopworn Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Love Affair Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Forbidden Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet The Deceiver Screenwriter 1931
100% Platinum Blonde Screenwriter 1931
100% The Miracle Woman Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet The Good Bad Girl Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Ten Cents a Dance Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Dirigible Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Ladies of Leisure Screenwriter 1930


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