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Nunnally Johnson

Highest Rated:   100% The House of Rothschild (2000)
Lowest Rated:   71% The Desert Fox (1951)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% The House of Rothschild
  • Screenwriter
2000
91% The Dirty Dozen
  • Screenwriter
1967
89% 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
No Score Yet Night People
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet Witness to Murder
  • Screenwriter
1954
83% 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
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1952
71% The Desert Fox
  • Producer
1951
No Score Yet The Long Dark Hall
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Three Came Home
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1950
No Score Yet The Mudlark
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1950
No Score Yet Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1948
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet
  • Producer
1947
No Score Yet The Dark Mirror
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1946
No Score Yet Along Came Jones
  • Screenwriter
1945
91% The Southerner
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom
  • Screenwriter
1944
95% 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
89% 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 Prisoner of Shark Island
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Kid Millions
  • Screenwriter
1934

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