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Robert Rossen



American screenwriter, director, and producer Robert Rossen, born Robert Rosen, was raised by Russian-Jewish immigrants in the often violent ghettos of the Lower East Side in New York. As a young man he was briefly a professional boxer before beginning his show business career as a director and playwright in stock and off-Broadway productions. Rossen was never a great playwright, though his socialist-oriented plays enjoyed some success. In 1936, after seeing his latest production, The Body Beautiful, close on Broadway after only four performances, Rossen signed a contract as a screenwriter with Warner Bros. He worked there, writing over ten features, for seven years and worked with directors such as Lloyd Bacon and Mervyn LeRoy. His interest and affiliation with the Communist party greatly influenced his writing. By 1945, he had abandoned the party, but his early activities led to his being subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. It took them four years to get around to trying and blacklisting him; during that time, Rossen independently produced several notable films such as Body and Soul (1947) and All the King's Men (1949). In 1953, Rossen chose to "rat" on many of his peers to the Committee and so was able to resume his career. He did not return to Hollywood, but did continue making films; with some notable exceptions, such as the multiple-Oscar-nominated film The Hustler (1961), most of his films were not terribly successful. In 1964, he made Lilith, considered by many modern critics Rossen's greatest film.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Lilith
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1964
100% Billy Budd
  • Screenwriter
1962
No Score Yet Films of Paul Newman
  • Director
1962
98% The Hustler
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet They Came to Cordura
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Island in the Sun
  • Director
1957
0% Alexander the Great
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1956
No Score Yet Mambo
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet The Brave Bulls
  • Director
1951
97% All the King's Men
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Undercover Man
  • Producer
1949
100% Body and Soul
  • Director
1947
60% Desert Fury (Desert Town)
  • Screenwriter
1947
No Score Yet Johnny O'Clock
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1947
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Screenwriter
1946
100% A Walk in the Sun
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet Edge of Darkness
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet Blues in the Night
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet Out of the Fog
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet The Sea Wolf
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny
  • Screenwriter
1939
100% The Roaring Twenties
  • Screenwriter
1939
No Score Yet Racket Busters
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet They Won't Forget
  • Screenwriter
1937
100% Marked Woman
  • Screenwriter
1937

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