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      Philip Dunne

      Philip Dunne

      Highest Rated: 100% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

      Lowest Rated: 18% Forever Amber (1947)

      Birthday: Feb 11, 1908

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Philip Dunne was one of the deans of Hollywood screenwriters from the 1930s into the 60s, scripting many a number of first-rate productions including "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) and "The Robe" (1953). Directing from 1954, Dunne turned out a series of smoothly crafted, finely acted dramas, notably "Hilda Crane" (1956), the teen angst classic "Blue Denim" (1959) and the suspense-filled "Lisa" (1962). Dunne began his writing career after taking a brief stab as a banker. His first produced credit was "Student Tour" (1934), more remembered for the sight of Betty Grable swimming in front of the Taj Mahal than for its substantive content. But that same year, Dunne adapted "The Count of Monte Cristo" for the screen, and was on his way to a prestige career. His 1936 adaptation of "The Last of the Mohicans" may not have been entirely true to the book, but it remains a classic. Dunne received his first Academy Award nomination for the true classic "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), his second for "David and Bathsheba" (1951). His "The Ghost of Mrs. Muir" adaptation sparked a franchise, and "Pinky" (1949) starred Jeanne Crain as a high-yellow African American passing for white and remains, however dated, one of the classics of the post World War II cycle of socially-conscious Hollywood films, alongside "Crossfire" and "Gentleman's Agreement." His work in the 50s and 60s as a screenwriter often went towards epics, including "The Agony and the Ecstasy" about Michelangelo, and "The Robe." In 1997, it was determined that he had written the latter with blacklisted writer Albert Maltz, who would heretofore share screen credit. Dunne was not blacklisted himself, but he was involved with so-called left-wing and liberal causes and served as a speech writer on the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy.


      HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, director John Ford, Roddy McDowall, screenwriter Philip Dunne on set, 1941, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.



      88% 88% The Last of the Mohicans Writer $72.2M 1992
      No Score Yet 53% Blindfold Director,
      - 1966
      No Score Yet 29% Lisa Director - 1962
      50% 58% Wild in the Country Director - 1961
      No Score Yet 61% Blue Denim Director,
      - 1959
      No Score Yet 75% In Love and War Director - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ten North Frederick Director - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Brave Men Director,
      - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hilda Crane Director - 1956
      No Score Yet 57% Prince of Players Director,
      - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The View From Pompey's Head Director - 1955
      75% 65% Demetrius and the Gladiators Screenwriter - 1954
      No Score Yet 61% The Egyptian Screenwriter - 1954
      38% 69% The Robe Screenwriter - 1953
      No Score Yet 50% Way of a Gaucho Writer - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lydia Bailey Writer - 1952
      60% 33% David and Bathsheba Screenwriter - 1951
      No Score Yet 55% Anne of the Indies Screenwriter - 1951
      No Score Yet 50% The Luck of the Irish Screenwriter - 1948
      No Score Yet 75% The Late George Apley Screenwriter - 1947
      18% 52% Forever Amber Screenwriter - 1947
      100% 88% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Writer - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salute to France Screenwriter - 1944
      93% 81% How Green Was My Valley Screenwriter - 1941
      67% 65% The Rains Came Screenwriter - 1939
      No Score Yet 64% Suez Screenwriter - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Student Tour Screenwriter - 1934
      No Score Yet 58% Me and My Gal Writer - 1932