Philip Macdonald


Biography

Philip MacDonald's talent for screenwriting gave him a Hollywood career. MacDonald worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Charlie Chan in London" (1934) starring Warner Oland, "Charlie Chan in Paris" with Warner Oland (1935) and "The Last Outpost" with Cary Grant (1935). He also contributed to "The Lost Patrol" (1934), "The Mystery of Mr. X" (1...

Biography

Philip MacDonald's talent for screenwriting gave him a Hollywood career. MacDonald worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Charlie Chan in London" (1934) starring Warner Oland, "Charlie Chan in Paris" with Warner Oland (1935) and "The Last Outpost" with Cary Grant (1935). He also contributed to "The Lost Patrol" (1934), "The Mystery of Mr. X" (1934) and "The Princess Comes Across" (1936) starring Carole Lombard. Toward the end of his career, MacDonald wrote the Sylvia Sidney adaptation "Love From a Stranger" (1947), the William Holden adaptation "The Dark Past" (1948) and "The Man Who Cheated Himself" (1951). He also appeared in "Ring of Fear" (1954). MacDonald more recently wrote the suspenseful adaptation "The List of Adrian Messenger" (1963) with George C Scott.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Garden (1990)
Joseph/Jesus

Writer (Feature Film)

Take it or Leave It (1981)
Screenwriter
Tobor the Great (1954)
Screenwriter
Ring of Fear (1954)
Writer
The Man Who Cheated Himself (1951)
Screenwriter
Mask of the Avenger (1951)
Adaptation
Circle of Danger (1951)
From Story ("White Heather")
Circle of Danger (1951)
Screenwriter
The Dark Past (1949)
Screenwriter
Love from a Stranger (1947)
Screenwriter
Nora Prentiss (1947)
Contr to Screenplay
The Body Snatcher (1945)
Written for Screen by
Dangerous Intruder (1945)
Original Story
Action in Arabia (1944)
Original Screenplay
Strangers in the Night (1944)
Original Story
Sahara (1943)
Story
Street of Chance (1942)
Contr to Screenplay constr
Whispering Ghosts (1942)
Original Story
Rebecca (1940)
Adaptation
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Original Screenplay
Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)
Original Screenplay
Blind Alley (1939)
Screenwriter
A Gentleman's Gentleman (1939)
Play As Source Material
Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938)
Original Screenplay
Yours for the Asking (1936)
Screenwriter
Princess Comes Across (1936)
Story Adapted
Mystery Woman (1935)
Screenwriter
The Last Outpost (1935)
Screenwriter
Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
Story
Spring Tonic (1935)
Contr to Screenplay const
Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Original Screenplay
The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)
Adaptation
Limehouse Blues (1934)
Contr to trmt
Hotel Splendide (1932)
From Story
Rynox (1932)
Screenwriter
The Rasp (1932)
From Story
The Rasp (1932)
Screenwriter
Rynox (1932)
Novel As Source Material

Film Production - Construction/Set (Feature Film)

Carry on Columbus (1993)
Chargehand Standby Propman

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - You're A Big Girl Now Money scenes, as San Francisco police detective Ed (Lee J. Cobb) arrives to calm down his wealthy married lover Lois (Jane Wyatt), who rightly suspects her husband (Harlan Warde), despite having left for the airport, is plotting to kill her, violence and quick thinking ensuing, in The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951.
Sahara (1943) - Opening: In Your Own Language, Scram! With standard wartime context provided in the credits from Columbia, Zoltan Korda's North Africa tank drama Sahara, 1943, begins with bad news for Jimmy (Dan Duryea), Waco (Bruce Bennett) and Sergeant Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart).
Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - He's Bought A Gun We’ve just met John Dall as eager new San Francisco homicide detective Andy Cullen, and Lee J. Cobb as his brother Ed, who’ll be supervising him, and who offers his wedding gift, then phones his anxious married mistress Lois (Jane Wyatt), having deduced that she called earlier, then meets the fianceè Janet (Lisa Howard), early in The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951.
Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - Looking For Green Coupes Rare location shots of the old toll booth at the Golden Gate Bridge, from producer Jack M. Warner and director Felix E. Feist, as detective Cullen (Lee J. Cobb), who’s just moved the body of her lover’s husband, whom she shot, to the airport, talks with a patrolman (Bud Wolfe) about his also-cop younger brother, The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951.
Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950) - Don't Forget To Change Your Will No fooling around in the opening, Harlan Warde as San Franciscan Howard looks to be plotting a crime, and we’re given reason to think it will involve his wife Lois (Jane Wyatt), who intrudes, Felix E. Feist directing, in Columbia’s The Man Who Cheated Himself, 1951, starring Lee J. Cobb, restored in 2018 by Eddie Muller’s Film Noir Foundation.
Mask Of The Avenger (1951) - It Will Go No Further Anthony Quinn, military governor in a 19th century Italian state, honest so far as we know, reveals himself, with Count Dimorna (Wilton Graff), then with aide Colardi (Arnold Moss) before the count's son, leading man John Derek, is introduced, in Columbia's Mask Of The Avenger, 1951.
Mask Of The Avenger (1951) - I'm A Traitor's Son Italy, 1851, loyal Maria (Jody Lawrance) visits the bent governor (Anthony Quinn), who is gently holding shrewd young captain Renato (John Derek), whose nobleman father he framed and killed, and who is faking his own injury, in Columbia's quasi-historical costumer Mask Of The Avenger, 1951.
Blind Alley (1939) - Here's Where You Get Off Faculty kid Davy (Scotty Beckett) with graduating Fred (Stanley Brown) lead into the first scene for escaped killer Wilson (Chester Morris) with his gang and girlfriend Mary (Ann Dvorak), early in Blind Alley, 1939.
Blind Alley (1939) - Ruthless Killer Gang moll Mary (Ann Dvorak) leads the assault by escaped killer Wilson (Chester Morris) and his gang on the quiet lake house where Shelby (Ralph Bellamy) and wife (Rose Stradner) have guests (Melville Cooper, Joan Perry, et al), early in Blind Alley, 1939.
Blind Alley (1939) - Recurrent Nightmares Psychiatrist/hostage Shelby (Ralph Bellamy) gaining rapport with escaped killer Wilson (Chester Morris), whose girlfriend Mary (Ann Dvorak) inquires further, in Blind Alley, 1939.

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