Jules Furthman

Highest Rated: 100% Rio Bravo (1959)
Lowest Rated: 53% Blonde Venus (1932)
Birthday: Mar 5, 1888
Birthplace: Not Available
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



100% Rio Bravo Screenwriter 1959
60% Jet Pilot Producer Screenwriter 1957
100% Nightmare Alley Screenwriter 1947
97% The Big Sleep Screenwriter 1946
97% To Have and Have Not Screenwriter 1944
80% 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
90% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell) Screenwriter 1933
53% 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
67% 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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