William Rose


Screenwriter

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Birth Place
Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
Died
February 10, 1987

Biography

American-born writer who, from the late 1940s, wrote several quintessentially English comedies including "Genevieve" (1953), "The Maggie" 1954 and "The Ladykillers" (1955). Rose returned to America in the late 1950s and wrote several entertaining Hollywood romps, making a successful foray into drama with "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967)....

Biography

American-born writer who, from the late 1940s, wrote several quintessentially English comedies including "Genevieve" (1953), "The Maggie" 1954 and "The Ladykillers" (1955). Rose returned to America in the late 1950s and wrote several entertaining Hollywood romps, making a successful foray into drama with "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967).

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Flim-Flam Man, The (1967) - Who You Runnin' From? In the opening Michael Sarazin rescued George C. Scott, who was thrown from a freight train onto which he’d just hopped, and they formalize their acquaintance in an empty boxcar, in The Flim-Flam Man, 1967, from the polymath director Irvin Kershner, later known for The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.
Flim-Flam Man, The (1967) - I Am Forgetting My Calling Working their second scam, con-man Mordecai (George C. Scott) poses as a minister and his hesitant protegè Curley (Michael Sarazin) as an accident victim, seeking transport, Alice Ghostley and Sue Lyon introduced as their rural mother and daughter marks, in The Flim-Flam Man, 1967.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967) - What Black Power Really Means Matt (Spencer Tracy) and Christina (Katharine Hepburn) getting ice cream, staying calm, upon learning that Dr. Prentice (Sidney Poitier), meantime berated by their maid Tillie (Isabell Sanford), hopes to marry their daughter, in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, 1967.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967) - Some Way To Break This Gently San Francisco editor Matt (Spencer Tracy) gradually catches on as he greets wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn), daughter Joey (Katharine Houghton) and new friend Dr. Prentice (Sidney Poitier), in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, 1967.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967) - Has Something Happened? From producer-director Stanley Kramer’s credits, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton (Katharine Hepburn’s niece, in her movie debut) arriving in San Francisco, at her mother’s gallery where Hillary (Virginia Christine) presides, in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, 1967, starring Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967) - Do I Know Him? Katharine Hepburn’s first scene, as San Francisco gallery owner Christina, alarmed that daughter Joey (Katharine Houghton, Hepburn’s real-life niece) has returned early from her travels, is reassured, until she meets Dr. Prentice (Sidney Poitier), in producer-director Stanley Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, 1967.
Ladykillers, The (1955) - It's Mrs. Wilberforce After prim opening credits from Ealing Studios, the introduction of Katie Johnson as "Mrs. Wilberforce," whom the local constables are convinced is quite daft, in Alexander Mackendrick's The Ladykillers, 1955, starring Alec Guinness.
Ladykillers, The (1955) - Windows Of The Soul Spooky Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) sneaks up on dotty landlady Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) who's confused about parrots and husbands, in an early scene from Alexander Mackendrick's The Ladykillers, 1955.
Ladykillers, The (1955) - There's No Driver Here Nice location shooting around the old Kings Cross coal drop in London, and almost surprising competence from Alec Guinness (as Professor Marcus) and crew (Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Danny Green, Cecil Parker) executing their heist, Alexander Mackendrick directing the Ealing Studios hit The Ladykillers, 1955.
Ladykillers, The (1955) - You Must Be Professionals Scheming thieves (Alec Guinness as "Professor Marcus," with Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Danny Green, Cecil Parker) leap to their string quartet ruse when landlady Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) appears, in The Ladykillers, 1955.
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) - Get That Fella's Number! We’ve just seen director Stanley Kramer’s all-star comedy cast observing the desert car-crash death of gangster “Smiler,” so now we meet the head local cop, Spencer Tracy as Culpepper, Charles McGraw his assistant, getting the news, and the Jerry Lewis cameo, in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1963.
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) - Every Man For Himself! The second scene of motorist-witnesses Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, and Buddy Hackett (Edie Adams and Dorothy Provine not talking) finally not agreeing on how to split the loot from the dead gangster’s stash, in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1963.

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