Arthur Wimperis


Screenwriter

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Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
December 03, 1874
Died
October 14, 1953

Biography

Former graphic artist and librettist who co-scripted (mostly with Lajos Biro) several outstanding Alexander Korda productions of the 1930s, notably "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1932) and "The Four Feathers" (1939). After sharing an Oscar for his work on "Mrs. Miniver" (1940), Wimperis worked chiefly in Hollywood, on films including "Random Harvest" (1943) and "Young Bess" (1953)....

Biography

Former graphic artist and librettist who co-scripted (mostly with Lajos Biro) several outstanding Alexander Korda productions of the 1930s, notably "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1932) and "The Four Feathers" (1939). After sharing an Oscar for his work on "Mrs. Miniver" (1940), Wimperis worked chiefly in Hollywood, on films including "Random Harvest" (1943) and "Young Bess" (1953).

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Red Danube, The (1949) - At The Gondola In Ten MInutes Smooth MGM introduction of flashy supporting players, Melville Cooper, Angela Lansbury and Peter Lawford, as British military staffers in post WWII Rome, opening the big budget political-romance The Red Danube, 1949, starring Janet Leigh, Walter Pidgeon and Ethel Barrymore.
Red Danube, The (1949) - We Have Our Lord Just arrived in Vienna where they’ll be sorting Russian refugees, Brits Nicobar (Walter Pidgeon), McPhinister (Peter Lawford) and Quail (Angela Lansbury) meet their hostess, the Mother Superior (Ethel Barrymore), and top-billed Janet Leigh makes her first appearance, in The Red Danube, 1949.
Drum, The (a.k.a. Drums) -- (1938) - Sick Of This Darn Beard An aide advises the governor (Francis L. Sullivan) about the under-cover work of British officer Carruthers (Roger Livesey) in the northwest of what is now Pakistan, whom we meet exchanging info in the field, in Alexander Korda’s film from the A.E.W. Mason novel, The Drum (a.k.a. Drums, 1938.
Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1935) - Fops, Fools, Nitwits, Cowards The daring British infiltrator of revolutionary France Percy (Leslie Howard) shifts from steely hero with his crew to play full twit for Col. Winterbottom (Edmund Breon) in Alexander Korda's The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1935.
Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1935) - A Humble Wayside Flower Anthony Bushell as Sir Andrew, a Britisher posing as a French revolutionary officer, with the de Tournays, whom he rescued (Joan Gardner, Mabel Terry-Lewis, Roy Meredith) from the guillotine, leading to the introduction of Merle Oberon as the unseen and uninformed hero’s wife, Melville Cooper her painter, in London Films’ The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1935.
Julia Misbehaves (1948) - Agamemnon Beating Circe Unveiling the affluent Packett household in France, Walter Pidgeon whom we surmise is the estranged but not unfriendly husband of the title character (Greer Garson, not seen here), Elizabeth Taylor the daughter, whose wedding she’s been unexpectedly invited to, Peter Lawford a hired artist, and Lucile Watson the grandmother, in MGM’s Julia Misbehaves, 1948.
Julia Misbehaves (1948) - I'm Your Mother Showgirl Julia (Greer Garson) at the French country home of her estranged husband, for the wedding of her daughter Susan (Elizabeth Taylor), whom she hasn't seen since infancy, in Julia Misbehaves, 1948.
Julia Misbehaves (1948) - My Wonderful One At the wedding rehearsal for Susan (Elizabeth Taylor), artist Ritchie (Peter Lawford) intruding, re-united parents Julia (Greer Garson)and William (Walter Pidgeon) remember their wedding with a song, in Julia Misbehaves, 1948.
Julia Misbehaves (1948) - Well Get Out Of The Nude! Opening and introducing Greer Garson as the London showgirl title character, craftily manipulating her manager Benjy (Reginald Owen) through her friend Louise (Veda Ann Borg), Jack Conway directing, from a Margery Sharp novel, co-starring Walter Pidgeon, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford, in Julia Misbehaves, 1948.
Rise Of Catherine The Great, The (1934) -- Russia, 1745 Artful opening, by either director Paul Czinner (husband of Elisabeth Bergner, the title character) or the producer (also-Hungarian-born Alexander Korda), introducing Douglas Fairbanks as the Grand Duke Peter, supporting players not credited, in the English-made The Rise Of Catherine The Great, 1934.
Private Life Of Henry VIII (1934) - You're The Nicest Girl I Ever Married Director Alexander Korda exploits legend as the king (Charles Laughton) negotiates an exit from his politically-motivated fourth marriage to savvy Germanic Anne Of Cleves (Elsa Lanchester, also Mrs. Laughton) in a card game, in The Private Life Of Henry VIII, 1934.
Knight Without Armor (1937) - But She's Only A Woman! 1917, widowed Russian Czarist Countess Alexandra (Marlene Dietrich) awakens to find the servants gone and the estate deserted, and is quick to realize the proletariat has arrived in Alexander Korda's Knight Without Armor, 1937.

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