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Robert Nathan

Highest Rated:   100% The Clock (1945)
Lowest Rated:   52% Lucky Bastard (2014)
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Robert Nathan is a name that harkens back to a golden age not just of Hollywood filmmaking and the writing that went with it, but also in popular literature and the arts. He wrote screenplays at MGM in the 1940s, but he was also a highly successful and respected novelist during the 1930s and 1940s, and a poet and composer. His most famous books, Portrait of Jennie, One More Spring, The Enchanted Voyage (filmed as Wake Up and Dream), and The Bishop's Wife, are best known for their screen adaptations, the latter most recently in 1996 as The Preacher's Wife.Robert Gruntal Nathan was born into a prominent New York family -- he was the nephew of the founder of Barnard College -- and was educated in America and Switzerland. He attended Harvard University (1912-1915), and it was there that he began writing short fiction and poetry -- he never graduated, however, choosing instead to leave school after marrying in his junior year, in order to support his wife and himself. After a two-year stint in advertising, he published his first novel, Peter Kindred, a semi-autobiographical work and a critical failure, in 1919. His success came gradually during the 1920s -- a period in which he also briefly taught journalism at New York University -- through a series of novels (among them The Bishop's Wife) as well as his poetry. During the 1930s, Nathan's output and his success grew exponentially, with a string of popular novels and anthologies of his poems appearing. Hollywood became seriously interested in his work as well, beginning with his 1933 novel One More Spring, a sad and bitter tale, laced with hope and some measure of whimsy, about a group of people displaced by the Great Depression who take up residence in an abandoned equipment shed in Central Park. The book was licensed by Fox Films and filmed in 1935 by director Henry King, to a screenplay by Edwin Burke that removed some of the harsher elements of the novel but was otherwise true to the book's overarching vision of humanity coping with despair. The emphasis in the film was on dignity and romance, with Warner Baxter (then the studio's top leading man) and Janet Gaynor as the couple drawn together by chance, who manage to help a coterie of abandoned souls, including an embittered musician (Walter Woolf King), a disillusioned banker (Grant Mitchell), and a befuddled laborer (Stepin Fetchit), to find themselves. Nathan's best-known book, Portrait of Jennie, was published in 1940, and its screen rights later became the property (and obsession) of producer David O. Selznick, who spent years and millions of dollars developing it as a vehicle for his protegée-turned-paramour, Jennifer Jones. In the meantime, Nathan went to work in the story department at MGM, where he was responsible for the screenplays of The White Cliffs of Dover (1943), which he adapted from the book-length poem by Alice Duer Miller, and The Clock (1945). The latter film, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Judy Garland and Robert Walker, was one of the most unusual big-studio movies of its time, a gentle, understated romance highlighted by lyrical, slice-of-life incidents and supporting characters. The screenplay was a beautiful transposition of Nathan's sense of humanity and its foibles and joys, from the printed page to the screen. The mid-'40s were Nathan's heyday as an influence on American culture. In addition to his first two successes as a screenwriter in Hollywood, a second book of his, The Enchanted Voyage (1936), was licensed by 20th Century Fox and turned into a slightly too whimsical but still compelling drama, Wake Up and Dream (1946), about the search for a missing soldier. Additionally, Samuel Goldwyn produced a screen adaptation of Nathan's novel The Bishop's Wife (1947), starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven, which became one of the biggest comedy hits of 1947 and a perennially popular Christmas movie, as well as one of Hollywood's most beloved fantasies. Finally,

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Grim Sleeper
  • Screenwriter
2014
52% Lucky Bastard
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
2014
No Score Yet In the Deep Woods
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet Bloody Birthday
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Pagan Love Song
  • Screenwriter
1950
100% The Clock
  • Screenwriter
1945

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • 2006
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Screenwriter
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Screenwriter
  • 1995
  • 1994

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