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Russell Rouse

Highest Rated: 100% The Well (1951)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Oscar (1966)

Birthday: Nov 20, 1913

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Son of a New York-based assistant director, Edwin Russell, Rouse worked his way up from laborer and assorted low level studio jobs in Hollywood to screenwriter, director and producer with collaborator Clarence Greene. Rouse reputedly worked first as an uncredited screenwriter before writing the offbeat film noir, "D.O.A" (1950) and winning an Oscar for his original story for "Pillow Talk" (1959). Rouse's films are notable for their offbeat gimmicks: in "D.O.A" a man, dying from a slow-acting poison must find his own murderer before the poison kills him; his directorial debut, "The Well" (1951) which deals with mob psychology and racism has a black child trapped down a well as the only person who can save a suspect from being hanged; and "The Thief" (1952) is a spy film made completely without dialogue. Rouse also directed the more conventional "New York Confidential" (1955), "A House is Not a Home" (1964) and "The Oscar" (1966).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Caper of the Golden Bulls Director - 1967
13% 31% The Oscar Director,
Writer
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Director,
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder in the Sun Director,
Screenwriter
- 1959
93% 87% Pillow Talk Writer - 1959
No Score Yet 40% House of Numbers Director,
Screenwriter
- 1957
No Score Yet 72% The Fastest Gun Alive Director - 1956
No Score Yet 73% New York Confidential Director - 1955
No Score Yet 58% Wicked Woman Director,
Writer
- 1954
80% 55% The Thief Director,
Screenwriter
- 1952
100% 43% The Well Director,
Screenwriter
- 1951
88% 76% D.O.A. Writer (Story),
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1949

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