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Philip Dunne

Highest Rated: 100% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)

Birthday: Feb 11, 1908

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Philip Dunne was one of the deans of Hollywood screenwriters from the 1930s into the 60s, scripting many a number of first-rate productions including "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) and "The Robe" (1953). Directing from 1954, Dunne turned out a series of smoothly crafted, finely acted dramas, notably "Hilda Crane" (1956), the teen angst classic "Blue Denim" (1959) and the suspense-filled "Lisa" (1962). Dunne began his writing career after taking a brief stab as a banker. His first produced credit was "Student Tour" (1934), more remembered for the sight of Betty Grable swimming in front of the Taj Mahal than for its substantive content. But that same year, Dunne adapted "The Count of Monte Cristo" for the screen, and was on his way to a prestige career. His 1936 adaptation of "The Last of the Mohicans" may not have been entirely true to the book, but it remains a classic. Dunne received his first Academy Award nomination for the true classic "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), his second for "David and Bathsheba" (1951). His "The Ghost of Mrs. Muir" adaptation sparked a franchise, and "Pinky" (1949) starred Jeanne Crain as a high-yellow African American passing for white and remains, however dated, one of the classics of the post World War II cycle of socially-conscious Hollywood films, alongside "Crossfire" and "Gentleman's Agreement." His work in the 50s and 60s as a screenwriter often went towards epics, including "The Agony and the Ecstasy" about Michelangelo, and "The Robe." In 1997, it was determined that he had written the latter with blacklisted writer Albert Maltz, who would heretofore share screen credit. Dunne was not blacklisted himself, but he was involved with so-called left-wing and liberal causes and served as a speech writer on the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% 88% The Last of the Mohicans Writer $72.2M 1992
No Score Yet 54% Blindfold Director - 1966
No Score Yet 33% Lisa Director - 1962
50% 58% Wild in the Country Director - 1961
No Score Yet 67% Blue Denim Director,
Screenwriter
- 1959
No Score Yet 80% In Love and War Director - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ten North Frederick Director - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hilda Crane Director - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Brave Men Director,
Screenwriter
- 1956
No Score Yet 67% Prince of Players Director,
Producer
- 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View From Pompey's Head Director - 1955
83% 64% Demetrius and the Gladiators Screenwriter - 1954
33% 69% The Robe Writer (Screenplay) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lydia Bailey Writer - 1952
No Score Yet 67% Way of a Gaucho Writer - 1952
No Score Yet 58% Anne of the Indies Screenwriter - 1951
83% 31% David and Bathsheba Screenwriter - 1951
No Score Yet 45% The Luck of the Irish Screenwriter - 1948
11% 48% Forever Amber Writer (Screenplay) - 1947
100% 88% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Writer - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Salute to France Screenwriter - 1944
89% 81% How Green Was My Valley Screenwriter - 1941
No Score Yet 64% Suez Screenwriter - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Student Tour Screenwriter - 1934
No Score Yet 56% Me and My Gal Writer - 1932

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