Jo Swerling


Screenwriter

Biography

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

Lifepod (1993)
From Screenplay ("Lifeboat")
King of the Roaring 20's--The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
Screenwriter
Thunder in the East (1953)
Screenwriter
Leave Her to Heaven (1946)
Screenwriter
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Addl scenes by
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Aide in script preparation
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
Contract Writer
Lifeboat (1944)
Screenwriter
Crash Dive (1943)
Screenwriter
A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
Original Story
The Pride of the Yankees (1943)
Screenwriter
New York Town (1941)
Story
Confirm or Deny (1941)
Screenwriter
Blood and Sand (1941)
Screenwriter
The Westerner (1940)
Screenwriter
The Real Glory (1939)
Screenwriter
Made for Each Other (1939)
Screenwriter
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Contract Writer
I Am the Law (1938)
Screenwriter
Doctor Rhythm (1938)
Screenwriter
Every Day's a Holiday (1938)
Original Story
Double Wedding (1937)
Screenwriter
Pennies From Heaven (1936)
Screenwriter
The Music Goes 'Round (1936)
Screenwriter
Love Me Forever (1935)
Screenwriter
The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
Screenwriter
She Married Her Boss (1935)
Contract Writer
Once to Every Woman (1934)
Screenwriter
Sisters Under the Skin (1934)
Screenwriter
Lady by Choice (1934)
Screenwriter
The Defense Rests (1934)
Story and Screenplay
No Greater Glory (1934)
Screenwriter
Little Man, What Now? (1934)
Contract Writer
Man's Castle (1933)
Screenwriter
The Wrecker (1933)
Screenwriter
East of Fifth Avenue (1933)
Screenwriter
The Circus Queen Murder (1933)
Screenwriter
Below the Sea (1933)
Screenwriter
The Woman I Stole (1933)
Screenwriter
Below the Sea (1933)
Story
Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932)
Screenwriter
Man Against Woman (1932)
Screenwriter
Love Affair (1932)
Adapted and dial
Behind the Mask (1932)
Story and dial
As the Devil Commands (1932)
Screenwriter
Hollywood Speaks (1932)
Adapted and dial
War Correspondent (1932)
Adaptation
Forbidden (1932)
Adaptation
Shopworn (1932)
Dial
Attorney for the Defense (1932)
Adapted and dial
El pasado acusa (1931)
Screenwriter
Carne de cabaret (1931)
Original story and Screenplay
The Good Bad Girl (1931)
Cont and dial
Ten Cents a Dance (1931)
Story and dial
The Miracle Woman (1931)
Screenplay and dial
The Deceiver (1931)
Dial
Dirigible (1931)
Adapted and dial
Platinum Blonde (1931)
Adaptation
Around the Corner (1930)
Story, cont and dial
Rain or Shine (1930)
Dial and cont
Hell's Island (1930)
Adaptation
Ladies of Leisure (1930)
Dial and Adapted
Madonna of the Streets (1930)
Adaptation
Sisters (1930)
Scen
Madonna of the Streets (1930)
Cont
Hell's Island (1930)
Dial
The Squealer (1930)
Dial
Hell's Island (1930)
Cont
Ladies Must Play (1930)
Dial
Sisters (1930)
Dial
Madonna of the Streets (1930)
Dial

Writer (Special)

Guys and Dolls Off the Record (1992)
Book As Source Material

Special Thanks (Special)

Guys and Dolls Off the Record (1992)
Book As Source Material

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Once To Every Woman (1933) - Men Aren't Born Great We’ve just met Fay Wray as take-charge head nurse Mary Fanshawe, and she’s summoned distracted trainee Doris (Mary Carlisle) for a chewing-out, followed by her first visit with Dr. Preston (Walter Byron), discussing a rival, and her projected ambitions, early in Once To Every Woman, 1933.
Once To Every Woman (1933) - I Can Get Away With It All exposition here as we’ve just met junior hot-shot surgeon Jim (Ralph Bellamy) and his mentor and boss Selby (Walter Connolly), and they move quickly to the challenging brain patient on their ward, in RKO’s racy Once To Every Woman, 1933, starring Fay Wray.
Once To Every Woman (1933) - Nothing Professional Conscientious surgeon Jim Barclay (Ralph Bellamy) has just made good his threat to resign, but feels a need to take a crack at ambitious but chilly nurse Mary (Fay Wray), and winds up warning her about her beau Freddie (Walter Byron), himself busy with Mary Carlisle, in Once To Every Woman, 1933.
Whole Town's Talking, The (1935) - I've Got A Stamp From Shanghai Lowly ad-clerk Jones (Edward G. Robinson), fazed because he’s the look-alike of the major gangster identified in that day’s newspaper, is noticed in the cafe by Hoyt (Donald Meek), then joined by just-fired colleague “Bill” Clark (Jean Arthur), with whom he’s secretly smitten, trouble ensuing, in John Ford’s The Whole Town’s Talking, 1935.
Whole Town's Talking, The - Open, Fire Jones! Opening credits and the anxious under-boss Seaver (Etienne Girardot) sucking up to "J-G" (Paul Harvey) in John Ford's comedy The Whole Town's Talking, 1935, starring Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur.
Whole Town's Talking, The (1935) - I'd Like To Meet That Fellow Lowly clerk Jones (Edward G. Robinson), tipsy from celebrating having been hired to write about his gangster look-alike Mannion, returns home to meet the man himself, who's heard about the "passport" given him by the police commissioner, director John Ford with camera tricks, in The Whole Town's Talking, 1935.
Westerner, The (1940) - Justifiable Homicide Drifter Cole (Gary Cooper), just sentenced to hang as a horse thief by the ruthless unofficial judge and barkeep Roy Bean (Walter Brennan), plays the Lily Langtry card, early in the Samuel Goldwyn/William Wyler hit The Westerner, 1940.
Westerner, The (1940) - Law West Of The Pecos Director Williiam Wyler’s opening, with as much action as any part of the picture, with a prologue about Texas range wars and the introduction of Walter Brennan is his supporting-actor Academy Award-winning role, Trevor Burdette the villain/victim, in The Westerner, 1940, starring Gary Cooper.
Made For Each Other (1939) - Among The Least Important Producer David Selznick getting his money's worth, marrying stars James Stewart and Carole Lombard on paper in the credits, meeting his boss (Charles Coburn) at the law firm, in what looks at this stage entirely like a romantic comedy, Made For Each Other, 1939.
Made For Each Other (1939) - Blood Transfusion Angling for his promotion, strapped Jane (Carole Lombard) and John (James Stewart) are entertaining his boss Judge Doolittle (Charles Coburn), his frowning daughter (Ruth Weston) and rival Carter (Donald Briggs), the temporary maid (Esther Dale) making trouble, in Made For Each Other, 1939.
Blood And Sand (1941) - Whom Have We Served? First appearance by Tyrone Power as the now-adult Juan, returning with his mates home to Seville, "Nacional" (John Carradine) wistful, Manolo (Anthony Quinn) jealous, Maurice Cass the passenger recruited to read the newspaper, in Rouben Mamoulian's Blood And Sand, 1941.
Blood And Sand (1941) - Death Of This Noble Bull In Seville, big coming-out for humble bullfighter Juan (Tyrone Power), the noted temptress Dona Sol (Rita Hayworth, escorted by George "Superman" Reeves) in the crowd, won over along with stubborn critic Curro (Laird Cregar), in Rouben Mamoulian's Blood And Sand, 1941.

Family

Jo Swerling Jr
Son
Peter Swerling
Son
Mathematician. Born c. 1929; died of cancer on August 25, 2000.

Bibliography