Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Highest Rated: 100% A Christmas Carol (1938)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Quiet American (1958)

Birthday: Feb 11, 1909

Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Having followed brother Herman J. Mankiewicz's footsteps into motion pictures, Joseph L. Mankiewicz went from prominent writer to prolific producer to esteemed director over the course of his long career. Along the way, he won a total of four Academy Awards - two for writing and two for directing. Mankiewicz entered the business as a writer, working for Paramount Pictures and later MGM, where he segued into producing. He was finally given a shot at directing after 20 years in Hollywood, and almost immediately earned a reputation as a literate director with films like "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) and "A Letter to Three Wives" (1948). He hit directorial peak with "All About Eve" (1950), a showbiz slice-of-life that earned a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six. From there, he directed the excellent, but little-known spy movie "5 Fingers" (1952) and steered Marlon Brando toward a third Oscar nomination for his performance in "Julius Caesar" (1953). After helming "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954), he helmed the musical "Guys and Dolls" (1955) and personal favorite "The Quiet American" (1958). He later suffered a career setback due to "Cleopatra" (1963), a massively over-budget epic that nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. Though he would only direct one more feature, Mankiewicz sealed his legend as an esteemed member of a prominent Hollywood clan.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Cleopatra 50th Anniversary Director - 2013
93% 90% Sleuth Director - 1972
100% 100% King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Director - 1970
82% 73% There Was a Crooked Man Director - 1970
57% 61% The Honey Pot Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1967
No Score Yet 56% Carol for Another Christmas Director,
Producer
- 1964
56% 69% Cleopatra Director,
Writer
- 1963
68% 83% Suddenly, Last Summer Director - 1959
50% 51% The Quiet American Director,
Producer
- 1958
91% 83% Guys and Dolls Director,
Screenwriter
- 1955
100% 71% The Barefoot Contessa Director,
Writer
- 1954
95% 81% Julius Caesar Director,
Screenwriter
- 1953
100% 90% Five Fingers Director - 1952
88% 79% People Will Talk Director - 1951
86% 82% No Way Out Director - 1950
99% 94% All About Eve Director,
Writer
$10.2K 1950
95% 86% A Letter to Three Wives Director,
Writer
- 1949
71% 75% House of Strangers Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape Director - 1948
No Score Yet 75% The Late George Apley Director - 1947
100% 88% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Director - 1947
67% 70% Dragonwyck Director,
Screenwriter
- 1946
89% 63% Somewhere in the Night Director - 1946
No Score Yet 83% The Keys of the Kingdom Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1944
No Score Yet 50% Reunion in France Producer - 1942
86% 80% Woman of the Year Producer - 1942
No Score Yet 82% The Feminine Touch Producer - 1941
75% 59% Strange Cargo Producer - 1940
100% 93% The Philadelphia Story Producer - 1940
No Score Yet 59% The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Producer - 1939
No Score Yet 80% The Shopworn Angel Producer - 1938
100% 65% Three Comrades Producer - 1938
100% 74% A Christmas Carol Producer - 1938
No Score Yet 39% The Shining Hour Producer - 1938
No Score Yet 61% Mannequin Producer - 1937
No Score Yet 66% Double Wedding Producer - 1937
No Score Yet 67% The Bride Wore Red Producer - 1937
80% 64% Love on the Run Producer - 1936
No Score Yet 71% Three Godfathers Producer - 1936
85% 66% Our Daily Bread Writer - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Reckless Age Screenwriter - 1932
No Score Yet 20% Paramount on Parade Writer - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man I Love Screenwriter - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1962