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Jo Swerling

Highest Rated:   100% Blood and Sand (1941)
Lowest Rated:   91% Lifeboat (1944)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties
  • Screenwriter
1961
95% Leave Her to Heaven
  • Screenwriter
1945
91% Lifeboat
  • Screenwriter
1944
No Score Yet Crash Dive
  • Screenwriter
1943
92% 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 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 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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