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Karl Tunberg

  • Highest Rated: 86% Ben-Hur (1959)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Valley of the Kings (1954)
  • Birthday: Not Available
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  • An American screenwriter (usually in collaboration), Tunberg has also produced some of his films. He began by supplying the plots for musicals featuring such stars as the Ritz Brothers, Betty Grable, Sonja Henie, Glenn Miller's orchestra, Deanna Durbin, Dorothy Lamour, and Shirley Temple (for whom he wrote a comedy called Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm which has nothing to do with the classic story of that title and which would have made a fine Temple vehicle.) Tunberg was also adept at costumers: Kitty (1945, in which Paulette Goddard rises from social outcast to society belle in 18th-century England), The Scarlet Coat (1955, about Benedict Arnold), Libel (1959), Taras Bulba (1962), and Beau Brummel (1954). In later years, Tunberg wrote some weak comedies for Doris Day, Jackie Gleason, and Deborah Kerr. He has also shown a serious side; Scandal at Scourie (1953) involves a community's prejudice when Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, playing a Protestant couple, wish to adopt a Catholic child; The Seventh Dawn (1964) is a war story with William Holden; and Night into Morning (1951) is downright grim, in which Ray Milland loses his family in a fire and turns to drinking. Tunberg's best effort by far is Ben Hur (1959). His worst screenplay is probably Harlow (the Carol Lynley version, 1965) but considering the source material (Irving Shulman's "biography"), it could have been a lot worse.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet How Do I Love Thee? Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet Harlow Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet The 7th Dawn Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Taras Bulba Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet I Thank a Fool Screenwriter 1962
86% Ben-Hur Actor Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Libel Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet The Seventh Sin Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet The Scarlet Coat Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Beau Brummell Screenwriter 1954
0% Valley of the Kings Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Because You're Mine Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Night Into Morning (People in Love) Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy Screenwriter Producer 1948
No Score Yet Up in Central Park Screenwriter Producer 1948
No Score Yet Standing Room Only Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Week-End in Havana Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Tall, Dark and Handsome Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Down Argentine Way Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Life Begins in College Screenwriter 1937

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No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Screenwriter
  • 1972

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