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Albert Maltz (1908–1985)

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Albert Maltz was born on October 28, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Columbia University in 1930, he attended the Yale School of Drama for two years as a tyro playwright. After striking out on his own as a dramatist, he developed sociopolitical plays which were destined to be produced by the left-wing... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1974 Hangup (as John B. Sherry)
 1973 Scalawag (writer)
 1971 The Beguiled (screenplay - as John B. Sherry)
 1970 Two Mules for Sister Sara (screenplay)
 1957 Short Cut to Hell (originally uncredited - 1942 screenplay This Gun for Hire)
 1955 Hotelboy Ed Martin (play "Merry-Go-Round")
 1953 The Robe (screenplay - originally uncredited)
 1950 Broken Arrow (screenplay - front Michael Blankfort)
 1948 The Naked City (screenplay)
 1947 The Red House (uncredited)
 1946 Cloak and Dagger (screenplay)
 1945 The House I Live In (Short) (written by)
 1945 Mildred Pierce (contract writer - uncredited)
 1945 Pride of the Marines (screen play)
 1943 Destination Tokyo (screen play)
 1943 Seeds of Freedom (writer)
 1942 This Gun for Hire (screen play)
 1932 Merry-Go-Round (play "Merry Go Round")
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Other Works:

Stage: Wrote (w/George Sklar) "Peace on Earth", produced on Broadway. Drama. Directed by Robert B. Sinclair. Civic Repertory Theatre: 29 Nov 1933-17 Mar 1934 (126 performances). Cast: Abner Biberman (as "Ensemble"), Donald Black, John Boruff (as "Stephen Hamill" / "Max" / "Radio Announcer"), Halliam Bosworth (as "President Howard"), ... See more »

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John B. Sherry

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Personal Quote:

[on Dalton Trumbo] There is no question that [he] had talent for much greater literary work than the film work that he produced. The reason he never did what he could have done was this obsession of his with making money and living in a grand manner. I never knew what made it necessary for him to have both a house on Beverly Drive and a ranch that he had to build a road to get to.


In 1938, his story "The Happiest Man on Earth" (published in Harper's Magazine) won 1st place in the O. Henry Awards. See more »

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