John Fante

Novelist, Screenwriter


Life Events


Moved to Los Angeles


Movie Clip

Reluctant Saint, The (1962) -- (Movie Clip) In The Service Of God Cupertino, Apulia, Italy ca. 1620, Francesca (Lea Padovani) hopes to place her mentally challenged son (Maximillian Schell, title character), who’s just lost another job, in a monastery, represented by her brother Giovanni (Harold Goldblatt) and Fr. Raspi (Ricardo Montalban), in The Reluctant Saint, 1962.
Reluctant Saint, The (1962) -- (Movie Clip) A True Son Of St. Francis Franciscan monastery chiefs Fr. Raspi and Giovanni (Ricardo Montalban, Harold Goldblatt) hope to impress the visiting vicar-general (Akim Tamiroff) and not expose their clumsy stable-hand Giuseppe (Maximillian Schell, title character), in Edward Dmytryk’s The Reluctant Saint, 1962.
My Man and I (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Wonderful System Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler's famous "Stormy Weather," plays, providing the film's title as star Ricardo Montalban appears with both legit (Jose Torvay, Pascual Garcia Pena) and otherwise (Jack Elam) Hispanic pals, in the opening from My Man and I, 1952.
My Man And I (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Lincoln, Washington, Ramirez Laborer Chu Chu (Ricardo Montalban) is virtuous and patriotic as he parts ways with his boozy new friend Nancy (Shelley Winters) after a rough night in William A. Wellman's My Man and I, 1952.
My Man and I (1952) -- (Movie Clip) It's Clear What You're Thinking It could be that director William A. Wellman and cinematographer William Mellor shot this single take even darker than they meant to, as unscrupulous employer Elena (Claire Trevor) puts the moves on Chu Chu (Ricardo Montalban) in My Man and I, 1952.
My Man and I (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Do Not Jump On Conclusions Between-season fruit-picker buddies (Pascual Garcia Pena, Carlos Conde, Juan Torena, Jack Elam) are playing poker when harder-working Chu Chu (Ricardo Montalban) and friend Nancy (Shelley Winters) come looking for a loan from his cousin Manuel (Jose Torvay) in My Man and I, 1952.
My Man And I (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Not Always With A Gun Naturalized Mexican-American citizen Chu Chu (Ricardo Montalban) showing initiative, looking for work between fruit-picking seasons, introduces himself to farmer Ames (Wendell Corey) and his droll wife (Claire Trevor) in the MGM message-melodrama My Man And I, 1952, directed by William A. Wellman.
Walk On The Wild Side -- (Movie Clip) I'll Get The Lifts Vagabonds and new companions Kitty (Jane Fonda), and Dove (Laurence Harvey) in a boxcar then at the gas station, in 1930's Texas, hitching to New Orleans, early in Walk On The Wild Side, 1962.
Walk On The Wild Side -- (Movie Clip) Open, Black Cat Memorable opening, Edward Dmytryk directing, titles by Saul Bass, music by Elmer Bernstein, from Walk On The Wild Side, 1962, from the Nelson Algren novel, starring Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda and Barabara Stanwyck.
Walk On The Wild Side -- (Movie Clip) You Gotta Learn New Orleans madame Jo (Barbara Stanwyck) rousing Hallie (Capucine, her first scene) from bed, as enforcer Oliver (Richard Rust) visits brothel employee Precious (Joanna Moore), in Walk On The Wild Side, 1962, from the Nelson Algren novel.


"Full Of Life"
John Fante (1952)
"Ask The Dust"
John Fante (1939)
"Wait Until Spring, Bandini"
John Fante (1938)