Abby Mann


Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Abraham Goodman
Birth Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
December 01, 1927
Died
March 25, 2008
Cause of Death
Heart Failure In

Biography

This "Golden Age" TV writer has branched out to become an extremely successful producer as well. Born in Philadelphia, Mann served in the Army and attended Temple University and NYU, where he wrote several student productions. He started his career in earnest in the fertile ground of 1950s TV in New York, writing for such now-legendary showcases as "Lucky Strike Theater" (NBC), "Playhous...

Family & Companions

Harriett Carr
Wife
Divorced.
Myra Mann
Wife
Screenwriter. Co-wrote "Indictment: The McMartin Trial".

Bibliography

"Massacre at Wounded Knee"
Abby Mann, Zebra (1979)
"Tuesdays and Thursdays"
Abby Mann, Doubleday (1978)
"Medical Story"
Abby Mann, Signet (1975)
"Judgment at Nuremberg"
Abby Mann, New American Library (1961)

Notes

After a Berlin showing of "Judgment at Nuremberg", "a German came up to me and said, how dare I do this. He started pushing me around. There were fists exchanged. They wanted to let bygones be bygones." --Abby Mann quoted in Variety, February 7, 1994.

Biography

This "Golden Age" TV writer has branched out to become an extremely successful producer as well. Born in Philadelphia, Mann served in the Army and attended Temple University and NYU, where he wrote several student productions. He started his career in earnest in the fertile ground of 1950s TV in New York, writing for such now-legendary showcases as "Lucky Strike Theater" (NBC), "Playhouse 90" (CBS) and "Matinee Theater" (NBC) before branching out into films.

Mann's first attempt won him an Oscar, for adapting his 1959 "Playhouse 90" script "Judgment at Nuremberg" for the screen in 1961. He went on to adapt his teleplay "A Child is Waiting" (1962) for the big screen as well, and furnished screenplays for Vittorio De Sica's "The Condemned of Altona" (1962), Stanley Kramer's "Ship of Fools" (1965), "The Detective" (1968), "Report to the Commissioner" (1975) and "War and Love" (1985).

But TV provided Mann with steadier employment. He wrote and produced the 1973 TV-movie "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" (CBS), which then had a five-year run as the series "Kojak," starring Telly Savalas. In 1985, Mann was credited as "creator" on the first of seven "Kojak" TV movies, which ran through 1990 on both CBS and ABC. He served as executive producer on the pilot and series "Medical Story" (NBC, 1975-76) and the CBS miniseries "Sinatra" (1992), and he was both producer and screenwriter for the miniseries "King" (NBC, 1978, which he also directed), the NBC pilot "Skag" (1980), the CBS miniseries "The Atlanta Child Murders" (1985) and the HBO movie "Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story" (1992). Mann shared Emmy Awards for co-writing and co-producing the HBO movie "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story" (1989). While he was in the process of writing and producing the 1995 HBO movie "Indictment: The McMartin Trial," Mann's house burned down, destroying many unpublished scripts and mementos. Mann felt that someone opposed to the McMartin telefilm was responsible.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

None So Blind (1990)
Creator
It's Always Something (1990)
Creator
Flowers For Matty (1990)
Creator
Fatal Flaw (1989)
Creator
Ariana (1989)
Creator
Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987)
Creator
Kojak: The Belarus File (1985)
Creator

Writer (Feature Film)

Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Writer
Indictment: The Mc Martin Trial (1995)
Screenwriter
Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
Screenplay
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989)
Screenplay
War and Love (1985)
Screenwriter
Skag (1980)
Screenplay
Medical Story (1975)
Screenwriter
Report To The Commissioner (1975)
Screenplay
The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
Screenplay
The Detective (1968)
Screenwriter
Ship of Fools (1965)
Screenwriter
The Condemned of Altona (1963)
Screenwriter
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Original Screenplay
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Executive Producer
10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Executive Producer
Indictment: The Mc Martin Trial (1995)
Executive Producer
Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
Executive Producer
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989)
Producer
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989)
Executive Producer
Skag (1980)
Executive Producer
This Man Stands Alone (1979)
Executive Producer
Medical Story (1975)
Executive Producer
The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
Executive Producer
The Todd Killings (1971)
Producer

Cast (Special)

Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil (1999)
The 41st Annual Emmy Awards (1989)
Performer

Writer (Special)

The First 50 Years (1976)
Writer

Special Thanks (Special)

The First 50 Years (1976)
Writer

Writer (TV Mini-Series)

Sinatra (1992)
Screenwriter
The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)
Screenplay
King (1978)
Screenplay

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1961

First movie screenplay, "Judgement at Nuremberg"; won Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

1962

Adapted teleplay "A Child Is Waiting" for film directed by John Cassavetes

1965

Penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of "Ship of Fools"

1968

Wrote the script for the Frank Sinatra vehicle "The Detective"

1973

Created character of Kojak in the acclaimed CBS TV-movie "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" and subsequent spin-off series; won Emmy for the former

1975

Served as executive producer and writer on the pilot for the short-lived NBC anthology series "Medical Story"

1975

Returned to feature films to pen screenplay for "Report to the Commissioner"

1978

Directorial debut, "King" and NBC biographical miniseries about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; also wrote teleplay

1980

Executive produced (also wrote) the NBC TV-movie "Skag" starring Karl Malden

1985

Scripted (also executive produced) the CBS drama "The Atlanta Child Murders"

1985

Made one-shot return to feature writing on "War and Love"

1989

Co-wrote and executive produced the HBO biographical drama "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story"; garnered second Emmy Award

1992

Penned the HBO teleplay (also executive produced) "Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story"

1992

Penned the biographical miniseries "Sinatra" (CBS)

1995

Served as executive producer and screenwriter for the Emmy-winning "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (HBO)

2001

National Actors Theater revived stage play "Judgment at Nuremberg"

2002

Produced (also wrote) "Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story"

Videos

Movie Clip

Ship Of Fools (1965) - You May Even Find Yourself Opening scenes on the liner off Mexico, 1933, philosopher Glocken (Michael Dunn) speaking to the camera, then Schumann (Oskar Werner) with captain Thiele (Charles Korvin), in Stanley Kramer's Ship Of Fools, 1965, from Katherine Ann Porter's play.
Ship Of Fools (1965) - A Clear Conscience We hardly know why Simone Signoret (who'll be known as "La Condesa") was brought on board the German liner in Cuba, but we learn more as she enjoys a visit from the philosophical Dr. Schumann (Oskar Werner), in director Stanley Kramer's Ship Of Fools, 1965.
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) - In The Name Of The Law American prosecutor Lawson (Richard Widmark) with his opening statement in the trial of Janning (Burt Lancaster) and other German judges, before Judge Haywood (Spencer Tracy), early in Stanley Kramer's Judgment At Nuremberg, 1961.
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) - In The Character Of Men Attorney Rolfe (Maximilian Schell) begins his defense of Janning (Burt Lancaster) and other German judges, before Judge Haywood (Spencer Tracy) in Stanley Kramer's Judgment At Nuremberg, 1961.
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) - I'm Not Fragile Outside of court, Judge Haywood (Spencer Tracy) is entertained and fascinated by his now-impoverished landlord Madame Bertholt (Marlene Dietrich) in Stanley Kramer's Judgment At Nuremberg, 1961.
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) - Feeble Mindedness Montgomery Clift playing a dumb guy (German "Petersen"), testifying about being sterilized by the Nazis, for defense attorney Rolfe (Maximilian Schell) and Judge Haywood (Spencer Tracy) in Judgment At Nuremberg, 1961.
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) - Concentration Camps Gory stuff, even by 1961 standards, as prosecutor Lawson (Richard Widmark) takes the stand to comment on film footage and recount his experience liberating Nazi concentration camps, in Stanley Kramer's Judgment At Nuremberg.
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) - Beat The Backwoods Of Maine Senator Burkette (Edward Binns) conducts Judge Haywood (Spencer Tracy) into his lodgings, where he meets aide Byers (William Shatner) and servants, early in Stanley Kramer's Judgment At Nuremberg, 1961.
Detective, The (1968) - Male Caucasian Lying Nude On Floor Delivered in the opening to a tony Manhattan apartment, Frank Sinatra is the title character, gritty content and some complex shots by director Gordon Douglas, with Al Freeman Jr. (as Loughren), Jack Klugman (Schoenstein) and Robert Duvall (Nestor) introduced, in The Detective, 1968.
Detective, The (1968) - I'm With The Cops Interrupting police procedure, Frank Sinatra as title character Leland, joins Lee Remick as Karen, whom we deduce is his wife, hosting a party, where she points out Lloyd Bochner, then we jump back to the couple’s first meeting, Gordon Douglas directing, early in The Detective, 1968.
Detective, The (1968) - Get That Confession Now Frank Sinatra as title character Leland and his partner (Al Freeman Jr.) at a New York area beach community find Tesla (Tony Musante), a suspect in the much-publicized murder of a prominent gay man, his boss (Horace MacMahon) applying pressure back at the precinct, in The Detective, 1968.

Trailer

Family

Ben Goodman
Father
Jeweler.
Aaron Mann
Son
Born c. 1978.

Companions

Harriett Carr
Wife
Divorced.
Myra Mann
Wife
Screenwriter. Co-wrote "Indictment: The McMartin Trial".

Bibliography

"Massacre at Wounded Knee"
Abby Mann, Zebra (1979)
"Tuesdays and Thursdays"
Abby Mann, Doubleday (1978)
"Medical Story"
Abby Mann, Signet (1975)
"Judgment at Nuremberg"
Abby Mann, New American Library (1961)

Notes

After a Berlin showing of "Judgment at Nuremberg", "a German came up to me and said, how dare I do this. He started pushing me around. There were fists exchanged. They wanted to let bygones be bygones." --Abby Mann quoted in Variety, February 7, 1994.