Wolf Mankowitz

Wolf Mankowitz

Highest Rated: 85% The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Millionairess (1960)

Birthday: Nov 7, 1924

Birthplace: Bethnal Green, London, England, UK

A man of eclectic tastes, Wolf Mankowitz came to prominence as an author in the 1950s but many felt he failed to fully capitalize on his potential. The second son of an immigrant Russian Jew, he was raised in London's East End and attended the University of Cambridge on scholarship. After graduating, Mankowitz became a lecturer, magazine editor and owner of an antiques shop. He later came to be recognized as an expert in Wedgwood and published several monographs and encyclopedia about pottery and porcelain. With the publication of his first novel "Make Me an Offer" in 1952, he drew on his background as an antiques expert. Mankowitz adapted it as a stage musical before it was turned into a 1954 feature. The following year, he wrote his first screenplay, the charming "A Kid for Two Farthings" (1954), a semi-autobiographical series of vignettes directed by Carol Reed set in the Jewish quarter of London near Petticoat Lane which drew on Yiddish folklore as well as the author's childhood memories. After much stage work, he penned the film musical "Expresso Bongo" (1959), about a scheming talent agent, as well as adaptations of George Bernard Shaw's play "The Millionairess" (1960), the Jean Anouilh comedy "Waltz of the Toreadors" (1962) and L.P. Hartley's novel "The Hireling" (1973).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 18% Treasure Island Writer - 1972
No Score Yet 53% Black Beauty Screenwriter - 1971
27% 34% Casino Royale Writer - 1967
No Score Yet 36% Where the Spies Are Screenwriter - 1966
No Score Yet 44% Waltz of the Toreadors Screenwriter - 1962
85% 85% The Day the Earth Caught Fire Screenwriter - 1961
No Score Yet 53% Jungle Fighters Screenwriter - 1961
20% 38% The Millionairess Screenwriter - 1960
No Score Yet 75% The Bespoke Overcoat Screenwriter - 1956
71% 63% Trapeze Writer - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dickens of London Writer 1976-1977