Biography

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Charles Lederer (December 31, 1906 – March 5, 1976) was an American screenwriter and film director. He was born into a prominent theatrical family in New York, and after his parents divorced, was raised in California by his aunt, Marion Davies, mistress to newspaper publisher William Randolf Hearst. A child prodigy, he entered college at age 13, but dropped out after a few years to work as a journalist with Hearst's newspapers.

Lederer is recognized for his comic and acerbic adaptations and collaborative screenplays of the 1940s and early 1950s. His screenplays frequently delved into the corrosive influences of wealth and power. His comedy writing was considered among the best of the period, and he, along with writer friends Ben Hecht and Herman Mankiewicz, became major contributors to the film genre known as "screwball comedy".

Among his notable screenplays which he wrote or co-wrote, were The Front Page (1931), the critically acclaimed His Girl Friday (1940), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Ocean's 11 (1960), and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

With Ben Hecht, he co-wrote the original Kiss of Death which was to feature the actor Richard Widmark's chilling debut as the psychopathic killer with a giggle. In addition, he wrote and directed the 1959 film Never Steal Anything Small, an adaptation of a play by Maxwell Anderson and Rouben Mamoulian, starring James Cagney. The Spirit of St. Louis was Lederer's last significant film work. The films that followed that were primarily vehicles for established stars.

In 1954, he won three Tony Awards for the Broadway Musical Kismet, as Best Producer (Musical), as Best Author (Musical) with Luther Davis, and as co-author of the book which, with several collaborators, contributed to the Best Musical win.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Lederer (December 31, 1906 – March 5, 1976) was an American screenwriter and film director. He was born into a prominent theatrical family in New York, and after his parents divorced, was raised in California by his aunt, Marion Davies, mistress to newspaper publisher William Randolf Hearst. A child prodigy, he entered college at age 13, but dropped out after a few years to work as a journalist with Hearst's newspapers.

Lederer is recognized for his comic and acerbic adaptations and collaborative screenplays of the 1940s and early 1950s. His screenplays frequently delved into the corrosive influences of wealth and power. His comedy writing was considered among the best of the period, and he, along with writer friends Ben Hecht and Herman Mankiewicz, became major contributors to the film genre known as "screwball comedy".

Among his notable screenplays which he wrote or co-wrote, were The Front Page (1931), the critically acclaimed His Girl Friday (1940), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Ocean's 11 (1960), and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

With Ben Hecht, he co-wrote the original Kiss of Death which was to feature the actor Richard Widmark's chilling debut as the psychopathic killer with a giggle. In addition, he wrote and directed the 1959 film Never Steal Anything Small, an adaptation of a play by Maxwell Anderson and Rouben Mamoulian, starring James Cagney. The Spirit of St. Louis was Lederer's last significant film work. The films that followed that were primarily vehicles for established stars.

In 1954, he won three Tony Awards for the Broadway Musical Kismet, as Best Producer (Musical), as Best Author (Musical) with Luther Davis, and as co-author of the book which, with several collaborators, contributed to the Best Musical win.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 38

Birthday 1906-12-31

Day of Death 1976-03-05

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1964 A Global AffairScreenplay
1962 Mutiny on the BountyScreenplay
1962 Follow That DreamScreenplay
1960 Can-CanScreenplay
1960 Ocean's ElevenScreenplay
1959 It Started With A KissScreenplay
1959 Never Steal Anything SmallWriter
1958 The Fiend Who Walked The WestWriter
1957 Tip on a Dead JockeyScreenplay
1957 The Spirit of St. LouisAdaptation
1956 GabyScreenplay
1955 KismetScreenplay
1953 Gentlemen Prefer BlondesScreenplay
1952 Monkey BusinessScreenplay
1952 Fearless FaganScreenplay
1952 O. Henry's Full HouseWriter
1951 The Thing from Another WorldScreenplay
1950 Wabash AvenueStory
1950 Wabash AvenueScreenplay
1949 Red, Hot and BlueStory
1949 I Was a Male War BrideScreenplay
1947 The Lady from ShanghaiWriter
1947 Her Husband's AffairsWriter
1947 Ride the Pink HorseScreenplay
1947 Kiss of DeathScreenplay
1943 Slightly DangerousScreenplay
1943 The Youngest ProfessionScreenplay
1941 Love CrazyScreenplay
1940 Comrade XScreenplay
1940 I Love You AgainScreenplay
1940 His Girl FridayScreenplay
1939 Broadway SerenadeScreenplay
1939 Within the LawScreenplay
1937 Double Or NothingScreenplay

Crew

1935 Baby Face HarringtonAdditional Dialogue
1933 TopazeSequence Supervisor
1931 The Front PageAdditional Dialogue

Directing

1959 Never Steal Anything SmallDirector
1951 On the LooseDirector
1942 Fingers at the WindowDirector

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