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Jules Furthman

Highest Rated:   100% Rio Bravo (1959)
Lowest Rated:   57% Blonde Venus (1932)
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A Northwestern University alumnus, American screenwriter Jules Furthman paid his literary dues as a magazine and newspaper writer. He was 30 years old and an established talent when he entered the upstart film industry in 1915. During World War I, Furthman sidestepped the anti-German sentiments of the era by using the "nom de plume" Jules Grinnell. A brief fling at film directing between 1919 and 1921 did not set box-office fires, but did imbue Furthman with a heightened understanding of directorial pressures and responsibilities. Thus armed, he was able to work harmoniously with contentious "genius" director Josef von Sternberg, contributing screenplays to many of Sternberg's best efforts, including Underworld (1927), The Docks of New York (1928), Shanghai Express (1932) and Blonde Venus (1932). He also produced Sternberg's last American film, the risible Jet Pilot (1957). As an adaptor of literary works, Furthman possessed the newspaperman's knack of boiling down reams of detail to the bare essentials, as witness his contributions to Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and The Big Sleep (1945); conversely, he could take a slight literary piece and successfully build it up to feature length, as he did in collaboration with William Faulkner in the movie version of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not (1944). The last three mentioned films were directed by Howard Hawks, with whom Furthman also worked successfully on Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and Rio Bravo (1959). Perhaps Jules Furthman's most delicate assignment (in concert with Von Sternberg, Geza Herczeg and Karl Vollmoeller) was to take the censor-baiting stage play The Shanghai Gesture, change its locale from a brothel to a gambling house, and alter the main character's name from Mother Goddam to Mother Gin Sling--and still retain the smoky, exotic, verboten atmosphere of the original material.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Rio Bravo
  • Screenwriter
1959
60% Jet Pilot
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1957
100% Nightmare Alley
  • Screenwriter
1947
96% The Big Sleep
  • Screenwriter
1946
97% To Have and Have Not
  • Screenwriter
1944
89% The Outlaw
  • Screenwriter
1943
100% The Shanghai Gesture
  • Screenwriter
1942
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh
  • Screenwriter
1940
100% Only Angels Have Wings
  • Screenwriter
1939
No Score Yet Spawn of the North
  • Screenwriter
1938
90% Come and Get It
  • Screenwriter
1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet China Seas
  • Screenwriter
1935
89% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell)
  • Screenwriter
1933
57% Blonde Venus
  • Screenwriter
1932
100% Shanghai Express
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Over the Hill
  • Screenwriter
1931
100% Morocco
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Common Clay
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet The Case of Lena Smith
  • Screenwriter
1929
57% Thunderbolt
  • Screenwriter
1929
100% The Docks of New York
  • Screenwriter
1928
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh
  • Screenwriter
1927
No Score Yet Barbed Wire
  • Screenwriter
1927
No Score Yet Hotel Imperial
  • Screenwriter
1927
No Score Yet The Love Gambler
  • Screenwriter
1922
No Score Yet Victory
  • Screenwriter
1919

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