Walter Bernstein

Walter Bernstein

Highest Rated: 93% Fail-Safe (1964)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Couch Trip (1988)

Birthday: Aug 20, 1919

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

A former writer for The New Yorker who wrote many distinguished scripts for live TV in the late 1940s, Bernstein earned one feature credit, for "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands" (1948), before being blacklisted in 1950. He returned to film work nine years later, scripting such fine films as Sidney Lumet's "Fail Safe" and John Frankenheimer's "The Train" (both 1964) with Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, and Martin Ritt's "The Molly Maguires" (1970), which he co-produced. His screenplay for "The Front" (1976) was a poignant, embittered portrait of the travails of a circle of screenwriters during the blacklist. Bernstein made his directing debut in 1980 with a rather bland remake of "Little Miss Marker." In the 1990s, he wrote a handful of teleplays, most notably the HBO drama "Miss Evers' Boys" (1997) and adapted his own screenplay of "Fail Safe" for a live CBS broadcast in 2000. Walter Bernstein died of pneumonia on January 23, 2021 at the age of 101.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 86% Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Durango Screenwriter - 1999
No Score Yet 50% Women & Men 2 Director - 1991
33% 45% The Couch Trip Screenwriter $9.9M 1988
No Score Yet 52% Little Miss Marker Director - 1980
89% 31% Semi-Tough Screenwriter - 1977
72% 74% The Front Writer - 1976
90% 62% The Molly Maguires Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1970
No Score Yet 36% The Money Trap Writer - 1966
93% 91% Fail-Safe Screenwriter - 1964
67% 68% Paris Blues Writer - 1961
No Score Yet 30% Heller in Pink Tights Writer - 1960

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