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Robert Rossen

  • Highest Rated: 100% Lilith (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Alexander the Great (1956)
  • Birthday: Mar 16, 1908
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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.

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100% Lilith Director Screenwriter Producer 1964
89% Billy Budd Screenwriter 1962
98% The Hustler Producer Screenwriter Director 1961
No Score Yet They Came to Cordura Director Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Island in the Sun Director 1957
0% Alexander the Great Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Mambo Director Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet The Brave Bulls Director 1951
97% All the King's Men Producer Director Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet The Undercover Man Producer 1949
100% Body and Soul Director 1947
57% 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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