Nunnally Johnson

Nunnally Johnson

Highest Rated: 100% Night People (1954)

Lowest Rated: 71% The Desert Fox (1951)

Birthday: Dec 5, 1897

Birthplace: Not Available

Starting out as a reporter in his native Georgia, Nunnally Johnson worked his way up the journalistic ladder to the New York Herald Tribune. A prolific writer, Johnson contributed fiction to such periodicals as The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post; one of his Post stories was adapted for the screen as the 1927 Clara Bow vehicle Rough House Rosie. Unlike other Manhattan-based writers, Johnson was attracted to film work. When his proposal to write movie criticism for The New Yorker was turned down by editor Harold Ross in 1933, Johnson decided to move to Hollywood, where he immediately found work as a screenwriter. Well known for his laconic, biting wit, Johnson became a close friend of several other well-known Tinseltown quipsters, notably Groucho Marx. His movie career was briefly jeopardized in the late 1930s when, under a pseudonym, he wrote a less than flattering Saturday Evening Post profile of powerful gossip columnist Louella Parsons. The crisis passed, and Johnson remained incredibly busy, particularly at 20th Century-Fox, where from 1935 onward he toiled as both screenwriter and associate producer. Among the many films benefitting from Johnson's expertise was 1940's The Grapes of Wrath, which co-starred Dorris Bowden, a budding leading lady who gave up her career to become Johnson's wife. In partnership with onetime Fox executive William Goetz, Johnson formed International Pictures in 1943, turning out such projects as Woman in the Window (1944) and The Stranger (1946) until International merged with Universal in 1946. Johnson returned to Fox as a producer, handling many of the best early CinemaScope efforts, notably 1953's How to Marry a Millionaire. He turned to directing in 1954 with the literate murder mystery Black Widow; though not terribly proficient visually, he had a sharp ear for intelligent, scintillating dialogue, as proven by such films as The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956). Johnson's best directorial efforts include the pioneering multiple-personality drama Three Faces of Eve (1957) and the sprightly all-star comedy Oh, Men, Oh Women (1957). While sweating through a difficult location shoot during the making of The Angel Wore Red (1960), Johnson suddenly decided he was too old and too wealthy to continue knocking himself out as a director, and he returned exclusively to screenwriting. Two years after his last film, The Dirty Dozen (1968), Johnson announced his formal retirement ("I simply put on my top hat and tails -- and retired"); a collection of his letters to and from famous friends was published posthumously in 1981.

Highest Rated Movies



85% The Dirty Dozen Screenwriter 1967
91% The World of Henry Orient Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Take Her, She's Mine Screenwriter 1963
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Screenwriter 1962
91% Flaming Star Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet The Angel Wore Red Screenwriter Director 1960
No Score Yet The Man Who Understood Women Director Screenwriter Producer 1959
93% The Three Faces of Eve Producer Screenwriter Director 1957
No Score Yet Oh, Men! Oh, Women! Producer Director Screenwriter 1957
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Director Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Screenwriter Producer Director 1955
No Score Yet Black Widow Producer Director Screenwriter 1954
100% Night People Producer Director Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Witness to Murder Screenwriter 1954
84% How to Marry a Millionaire Screenwriter Producer 1953
No Score Yet My Cousin Rachel Producer Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married Producer Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Phone Call From a Stranger Screenwriter Producer 1952
71% The Desert Fox Producer 1951
No Score Yet The Long Dark Hall Screenwriter 1951
100% Three Came Home Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet The Mudlark Producer Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid Screenwriter Producer 1948
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet Producer 1947
71% The Dark Mirror Producer Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet Along Came Jones Screenwriter 1945
92% The Southerner Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Screenwriter 1944
91% The Woman in the Window Producer Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Casanova Brown Producer Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony Producer Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down Producer Screenwriter 1943
100% The Pied Piper Producer Screenwriter 1942
82% Roxie Hart Screenwriter Producer 1942
No Score Yet Tobacco Road Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna Screenwriter Producer 1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Screenwriter Producer 1939
No Score Yet Wife, Husband and Friend Screenwriter Producer 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Cafe Metropole Producer 1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee Screenwriter Producer 1936
No Score Yet Dimples Producer 1936
No Score Yet The Road to Glory Producer 1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor Producer 1936
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Kid Millions Screenwriter 1934
100% The House of Rothschild Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet A Bedtime Story Screenwriter 1933


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