Stanley Kramer

Highest Rated: 96% High Noon (1952)
Birthday: Sep 29, 1913
Birthplace: Not Available
Stanley Kramer was an editor and writer by the mid-'30s, and in the late '40s formed an independent production company, Screen Plays Inc. (which he'd bring into the fold of Columbia in 1951). Into the mid-'50s he produced a series of powerful and provocative films, most notably with directors Mark Robson (Champion [1949], Home of the Brave [1949]) and Fred Zinnemann (The Men [1950], High Noon [1942]). Many of his pictures dealt with long-ignored social issues, a commitment Kramer held to when he began directing (after helming two minor films he'd hoped would make some needed profits: the sudsy hospital drama Not as a Stranger [1955] and the period war tale The Pride and the Passion [1957]). In the late '50s, Kramer began making the films for which he's best known, starting with The Defiant Ones (1958), a look at American racism, and On the Beach (1959), a prediction of life after a nuclear war. In the '60s he began an association with actor Spencer Tracy, making two landmark courtroom films, Inherit the Wind (1960) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and two comedies, the slapstick epic It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and Tracy's last film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967), a charming romantic comedy of interracial love. Although critics typed Kramer as a message-monger, the public made these comedies his biggest box office hits. He went on to do some of his best work in the '70s with Bless the Beasts and Children (1971), Oklahoma Crude (1973), and The Runner Stumbles (1979), but the public stayed away.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Spencer Tracy Legacy Actor 1987
44% The Runner Stumbles Producer Director 1979
No Score Yet The Domino Principle Producer Director 1977
No Score Yet Judgement: The Court Martial of Lt. William Calley Producer Director 1975
No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude Producer Director 1973
No Score Yet Bless the Beasts and Children Director Producer 1971
No Score Yet R.P.M. Director Producer 1970
67% The Secret of Santa Vittoria Producer Director 1969
71% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Director Producer 1967
81% Ship of Fools Producer Director 1965
73% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Producer Director 1963
92% A Child Is Waiting Producer 1963
No Score Yet Pressure Point Producer 1962
90% Judgment at Nuremberg Director Producer 1961
92% Inherit the Wind Producer 1960
75% On the Beach Director Producer 1959
81% The Defiant Ones Producer Director 1958
25% The Pride and the Passion Producer Director 1957
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Producer 1955
92% The Caine Mutiny Producer 1954
81% The Wild One Producer 1954
80% The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T Producer 1953
No Score Yet The Juggler Producer 1953
91% The Member of the Wedding Producer 1952
No Score Yet The Happy Time Producer 1952
No Score Yet Eight Iron Men Producer 1952
No Score Yet The Four Poster Producer 1952
96% High Noon Producer 1952
83% The Sniper Producer 1952
No Score Yet My Six Convicts (My 6 Convicts) Producer 1952
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Producer 1951
83% Cyrano de Bergerac Producer 1950
73% The Men Producer 1950
80% Home of the Brave Producer 1949
93% Champion Producer 1949
No Score Yet So This Is New York Producer 1948


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