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Karl Tunberg (1909–1992)


According to a recent biography of William Wyler, Tunberg insisted on being the sole person given screen credit for the screenplay of the 1959 "Ben-Hur", much to Wyler's displeasure. Wyler was apparently just as displeased when Tunberg was the sole writer who was Oscar nominated for "Ben-Hur". See more trivia »


(age 83) in London, England, UK

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 1978 CHiPs (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hitch-Hiking Hitch (1978) ... (writer)
 1977 Kingston: Confidential (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Cult (1977) ... (written by)
 1976 Movin' On (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Home Is Not a House (1976) ... (story)
 1972-1976 Cannon (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- The Quasar Kill (1976) ... (written by)
- Murder by Moonlight (1972) ... (written by)
 1975 Bronk (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Terror (1975) ... (writer)
  Mannix (TV Series) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1971 - 1973) (written by - 1 episode, 1975)
- Edge of the Web (1975) ... (written by)
- All the Dead Were Strangers (1973) ... (teleplay)
- Moving Target (1972) ... (teleplay)
- Woman in the Shadows (1971) ... (teleplay)
  Medical Center (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1972) (story - 1 episode, 1973)
- A Life at Stake (1973) ... (story)
- Tico Taco, MD (1972) ... (written by)
- Doctor and Mr. Harper (1972) ... (written by)
 1972 Bonanza (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Frenzy (1972) ... (story)
 1965/II Harlow
 1964 The 7th Dawn (screenplay)
 1962 Taras Bulba (screenplay)
 1959 Ben-Hur (screenplay)
 1959 Libel (writer)
 1959 Count Your Blessings (screenplay)
 1957 The Seventh Sin (screenplay)
 1955 The Scarlet Coat (written by)
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (original screenplay - 1 episode)
- Imperfect Lady (1954) ... (original screenplay)
 1954 Beau Brummell (screenplay)
 1954 Valley of the Kings (written by)
 1953 Scandal at Scourie (screenplay)
 1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1951 Night Into Morning (original screenplay)
 1950 Love That Brute (screenplay "Tall, Dark and Handsome")
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy (written for the screen by)
 1948 Up in Central Park (written for the screen by)
 1947 The Imperfect Lady (adaptation and screenplay)
 1945 Masquerade in Mexico (screenplay)
 1945 Kitty
 1945 Bring on the Girls (screenplay)
 1944 Standing Room Only (screenplay)
 1943 Dixie (writer)
 1942 Lucky Jordan (screen play)
 1942 Orchestra Wives (screenplay)
 1942 My Gal Sal (screenplay)
 1941 Week-End in Havana (original screen play by)
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F. (screenplay)
 1940 Down Argentine Way (screen play)
 1940 Public Deb No. 1 (screenplay) / (story)
 1940 I Was an Adventuress (screen play)
 1939 Shipyard Sally (writer)
 1938 Submarine Patrol (contributor - uncredited)
 1938 Hold That Co-ed (original story) / (screen play)
 1938 My Lucky Star (story "They Met in Chicago")
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (screen play)
 1938 Sally, Irene and Mary (story)
 1937 You Can't Have Everything (screen play)
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Though Karl Tunberg is the only writer officially credited with writing the screenplay for "Ben-Hur", and although he was the only writer to be Oscar-nominated for the film, he is also one of the few major creative people involved with it who did not win the Academy Award that year, and it has been documented that director William Wyler was completely dissatisfied with Tunberg's script. It was he... See more »

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