Philip Yordan


Producer, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
April 01, 1914
Died
March 24, 2003

Biography

Novelist and playwright who entered films in 1941 (working uncredited on "The Devil and Daniel Webster") and went on to script such riveting features as "House of Strangers" (1949) and "Detective Story" (1951). Yordan was also responsible for a brace of sophisticated westerns, notably "Johnny Guitar" and "Broken Lance" (both 1954) and allegedly lent his name to a number of scripts penned...

Bibliography

"Man of the West"
Philip Yordan

Biography

Novelist and playwright who entered films in 1941 (working uncredited on "The Devil and Daniel Webster") and went on to script such riveting features as "House of Strangers" (1949) and "Detective Story" (1951). Yordan was also responsible for a brace of sophisticated westerns, notably "Johnny Guitar" and "Broken Lance" (both 1954) and allegedly lent his name to a number of scripts penned by blacklisted writers during the Hollywood witch-hunt.

Yordan produced his first film in 1949 (an adaptation of his stage hit "Anna Lucasta," which he adapted again for an all-black remake in 1958), and his second, the stinging boxing drama, "The Harder They Fall" in 1956. He went on to write or produce a number of increasingly top-heavy extravaganzas, including "El Cid" (1961) and "The Battle of the Bulge" (1965).

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

The Unholy (1988)
Screenwriter
Bloody Wednesday (1987)
Screenwriter
Cry Wilderness (1987)
Screenwriter
Night Train to Terror (1985)
Screenwriter
Savage Journey (1983)
Screenwriter
Captain Apache (1971)
Screenwriter
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Screenwriter
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Screenwriter
Circus World (1964)
Story
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Original Screenplay
55 Days at Peking (1963)
Screenwriter
The Day of the Triffids (1962)
Screenwriter
King of Kings (1961)
Screenwriter
El Cid (1961)
Screenwriter
The Bramble Bush (1960)
Screenwriter
Studs Lonigan (1960)
Writer
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Screenwriter
The Bravados (1958)
Screenwriter
God's Little Acre (1958)
Screenwriter
Anna Lucasta (1958)
Screenwriter
The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958)
Screenwriter
Island Women (1958)
Screenwriter
No Down Payment (1957)
Screenwriter
Men in War (1957)
Screenwriter
Street of Sinners (1957)
Based on a Story by
Four Boys and a Gun (1957)
Screenwriter
The Last Frontier (1956)
Screenwriter
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Screenwriter
Joe MacBeth (1956)
Screenwriter
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Screenwriter
The Big Combo (1955)
[Wrt] by
Conquest of Space (1955)
Adaptation
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Screenwriter
Broken Lance (1954)
Based on a Story by
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Screenwriter
Blowing Wild (1953)
Writer
Houdini (1953)
Screenwriter
Man Crazy (1953)
Writer
Mutiny (1952)
Screenwriter
Mara Maru (1952)
From Story
Detective Story (1951)
Screenwriter
Drums in the Deep South (1951)
Screenwriter
Edge of Doom (1950)
Screenwriter
No Way Out (1950)
Contract Writer
Panic in the Streets (1950)
Contract Writer
Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)
Screenwriter
The Black Book (1949)
Story and Screenplay
Anna Lucasta (1949)
Screenwriter
House of Strangers (1949)
Screenwriter
Whistle Stop (1946)
Wrt for the Screenplay by
Suspense (1946)
Original Screenplay
The Chase (1946)
Written for Screen by
Dillinger (1945)
Original Screenplay
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944)
Screenwriter
When Strangers Marry (1944)
Screenwriter
Unknown Guest (1943)
Screenwriter
Syncopation (1942)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Bloody Wednesday (1987)
Producer
Cry Wilderness (1987)
Producer
Savage Journey (1983)
Producer
Captain Apache (1971)
Producer
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Producer
Custer of the West (1968)
Producer
Crack in the World (1965)
Executive Producer
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Producer
The Day of the Triffids (1962)
Producer
Studs Lonigan (1960)
Producer
Street of Sinners (1957)
Executive Producer
Four Boys and a Gun (1957)
Producer
Men in War (1957)
Producer
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Producer
Man Crazy (1953)
Producer
Anna Lucasta (1949)
Producer
Whistle Stop (1946)
Associate Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Bikini Paradise (1967)
Company
Crack in the World (1965)
Company
The Thin Red Line (1964)
Company
Four Boys and a Gun (1957)
Company
Street of Sinners (1957)
Company
The Wild Party (1956)
Company

Life Events

1941

Worked uncredited on screenplay "All that Money Can Buy/The Devil and Daniel Webster"

1942

First film credit as co-writer, "Syncopation"; then under contract to Monogram Pictures for several years

1949

First film as producer (also co-writer; from play), "Anna Lucasta"

Videos

Movie Clip

Broken Lance (1954) - The Governor Wants To See You Emerging from a deep dark prison to 20th Century-Fox Cinemascope Technicolor, Robert Wagner as Joe Devereaux gets escorted (by John Epper) to the see the governor at the state capitol, stopping to gaze at a portrait of his dad (Spencer Tracy), opening Edward Dmytryk’s burly Western Broken Lance, 1954.
Broken Lance (1954) - I'm Afraid Of No One But You Well into the flashback of the last days of the late Spencer Tracy (as rancher Matt Devereaux) we meet Katy Jurado, in one of her best roles, as his wife “Señora” Devereaux, in fact of Native American origin, dressing a wound discussing troubles with his older sons and their one shared, in director Edward Dmytryk’s Broken Lance, 1954.
Broken Lance (1954) - Stay Close To Me Director Edward Dmytryk staging a tense prelude to a big action piece, Spencer Tracy as rancher Devereaux with his sons (Richard Widmark, Hugh O’Brian, Earl Holliman and Robert Wagner as Joe) confronts McAndrews (Robert Burton), boss of the copper mine that’s poisoning his cattle, in Broken Lance, 1954.
House Of Strangers (1949) - Vengeance Is A Rare Wine Susan Hayward, not yet identified as Irene, enters the uptown apartment where we’ve just seen Richard Conte, as newly paroled Max Monetti, arrive, after facing off with his brothers at their family-owned Lower Manhattan bank, and their first encounter, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s House Of Strangers, 1949.
House Of Strangers (1949) - The Bank Will Open When I Get There Artful introduction of top-billed Edward G. Robinson as Gino Monetti (we’ve seen his portrait earlier, at the family-owned Manhattan bank), with Richard Conte as just-paroled son Max, visiting the vacant family home, and playing some Verdi, Joseph L. Mankiewicz directing, Luther Adler the elder son, in House Of Strangers, 1949.
House Of Strangers (1949) - Money Is A Great Cleanser Having jumped back in time at least seven years, to when Manhattan Italian banker Gino Monetti (Edward G. Robinson) lived, we see the first meeting of Susan Hayward as Irene and Richard Conte as his son and in-house lawyer Max, Paul Valentine as the younger brother and security guard, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s House Of Strangers, 1949.
House Of Strangers (1949) - This Bank Stinks With Tradition From producer Sol Siegel and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, opening with legit Little Italy location shots, Richard Conte on what looks like Mulberry St., entering the Monetti Loan & Trust, where we learn he’s Max, released from prison, visiting Joseph (Luther Adler) and brothers Pietro and Tony (Paul Valentine, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), in House Of Strangers, 1949.
Panic In The Streets (1950) - Just To Be Important Struggling to contain pneumonic plague in New Orleans, military public health official Reed (Richard Widmark) tries to find common cause with cop Warren (Paul Douglas) who’s not convinced of the emergency and wants to use conventional police tactics, in Panic In The Streets, 1950, directed by Elia Kazan.
No Down Payment (1957) - Born At The Right Time At the barbecue Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens are new arrivals David and Jean, all are accustomed to Tony Randall (as Jerry) drinking, Barbara Rush, Sheree North, Patricia Owens and Joanne Woodward as spouses, Cameron Mitchell as Troy, Pat Hingle the host Herm, in the suburban exposè No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - Open, Serving All Of Southern California Pretty fascinating as a record of early suburban LA, interstates and roads around Pacific Palisades, Martin Ritt directing Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens in the car, Cameron Mitchell, Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Sheree North, Barbara Rush among their neighbors-to-be leaving church, opening No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - This Is A Snap The first full go-round of the four suburban couples, Pat Hingle and Barbara Rush greet new neighbors Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens, observed by Sheree North, then Joanne Woodward with spouse Cameron Mitchell, Tony Randall the last to appear, Martin Ritt directing from the novel by John McPartland, in No Down Payment, 1957.
Battle Of The Bulge (1965) - December, 1944 William Conrad (TV's "Cannon") narrates as Kiley (Henry Fonda) and pilot Joe (Robert Woods) buzz Nazi Hessler (Robert Shaw) and driver (Hans Christian Blech), opening director Ken Annakin's Battle Of the Bulge, 1965.

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Bibliography

"Man of the West"
Philip Yordan