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Clifford Odets (1906–1963)

Clifford Odets dropped out of high school to pursue acting. In the 1930s he became a charter member of the Group Theatre, the famous "Method" acting troupe founded by Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford. Beginning with "Waiting for Lefty" (1935), Odets quickly became the most famous young playwright in America. In the next four years... See full bio »

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The Country Girl
(1954)
Humoresque
Humoresque Writer
(1946)

Filmography

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 1986-1988 American Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- The Big Knife (1988) ... (play)
- Rocket to the Moon (1986) ... (play)
 1984 Teatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Tot esperant l'esquerrà (1984) ... (play)
 1983 Kadotettu paratiisi (TV Movie) (play Paradise Lost)
 1982 The Country Girl (TV Movie) (by)
 1979 Herätkää ja riemuitkaa! (TV Movie) (play "Awake and Sing!")
 1974 The Country Girl (TV Movie) (play)
 1972 Awake and Sing (TV Movie) (play)
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Paradise Lost (1971) ... (play)
 1971 Teatro 13 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- El gran cuchillo (1971)
 1964 Wachet und singet (TV Movie) (story)
  The Richard Boone Show (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1964) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
- The Mafia Man (1964) ... (written by)
- Big Mitch (1963) ... (writer)
 1962 Winter Journey (TV Movie)
 1962 Golden Boy (TV Movie) (play)
 1961 Ein Mädchen vom Lande (TV Movie) (play 'The country girl')
 1961 Unseliger Sommer (TV Movie) (play)
 1961 Wild in the Country (screenplay)
 1960 Het grote mes (TV Movie) (novel)
 1960 De bloeiende perzik (TV Movie)
 1959 Das große Messer (TV Movie) (novel)
 1959 The Story on Page One (written by)
 1959 Clash by Night (TV Movie) (original writer)
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Big Knife (1958) ... (play)
 1958 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Herdeira (1958)
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success (screenplay)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Clash by Night (1957) ... (play)
 1956 Bigger Than Life (uncredited)
 1955 The Big Knife (stage play)
 1954 The Country Girl (play)
 1954 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Conflito (1954) ... (story)
 1954 Encounter (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Rocket to the Moon (1954) ... (play)
 1953 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Golden Boy (1953) ... (play)
 1952 Clash by Night (play "Clash by Night")
 1946 Humoresque (screenplay)
 1946 Notorious (dialogue: love scenes - uncredited)
 1946 Deadline at Dawn (screenplay)
 1946 From This Day Forward (uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (uncredited)
 1944 None But the Lonely Heart (written for the screen by)
 1939 Golden Boy (play)
 1938 Blockade (uncredited)
 1936 The General Died at Dawn (screen play)
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Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "The Big Knife", produced on Broadway. NOTE: Filmed as The Big Knife (1955), American Playhouse: The Big Knife (1988), ITV Play of the Week: The Big Knife (1958), Het grote mes (1960), Das große Messer (1959), Das große Messer (1959). See more »

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Personal Quote:

Sex -- the poor man's polo. See more »

Trivia:

Odets' friend, Oscar Levant, claimed that the writer once said, "The three greatest living playwrights are O'Neill, O'Casey, and Odets". When Levant's wife later brought it upped to the writer, he was shocked and remarked, "Did I say that?". See more »

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