Herman J. Mankiewicz

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Herman J. Mankiewicz

American screenwriter, who, with Orson Welles, wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1897.

Countries: United States (47%), Germany (20%), Maryland (20%)

Main connections: Josef von Sternberg, United States Army, The New York Times

Linked to: Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, American Red Cross, Los Angeles Times




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Herman J. Mankiewicz was born in 1897 add something


In 1909, Herman's brother, Joseph L. Mankiewicz , was born, and both boys and a sister spent their childhood there add something


The family moved to New York City in 1913, and Herman graduated from Columbia University in 1917 add something


After a period as managing editor of the "American Jewish Chronicle", he became a flying cadet with the United States Army in 1917, and, in 1918, a private first class with the Marines, A.E.F. In 1919 and 1920, he became director of the American Red Cross News Service in Paris , and after returning to the U.S. married Sara Aaronson, of Baltimore add something


He took his bride overseas with him on his next job as a foreign correspondent in Berlin from 1920 to 1922, doing political reporting for George Seldes on the "Chicago Tribune add something


From 1923 to 1926, he was at "The New York Times" backing up George S. Kaufman in the drama department and soon after became the first regular theatre critic for "The New Yorker", writing a weekly column during 1925 and 1926 add something


Kael notes that "beginning in 1926, Mankiewicz worked on an astounding number of films add something


In 1927 and 1928, he did the titles for at least twenty-five films that starred Clara Bow, Bebe Daniels, Nancy Carroll, Wallace Beery, and other public favorites add something


The Last Command (1928 film) - "'The Last Command"' is a 1928 silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg, and written by John F. Goodrich and Herman J. Mankiewicz from a story by Lajos Bíró


Between 1929 and 1935, he was credited with working on a least twenty films, many of which he received no credit for add something


By then, sound had come in, and in 1929 he did the script as well as the dialogue for "The Dummy," and did the scripts for many directors, including William Wellman and Josef von Sternberg add something


As one of his admirers in the early 1930s, Hearst often invited Mankiewicz to spend the weekend at San Simeon add something


What distinguished his writing from that of other writers were occasional flashes of the "Mankiewicz humor" and satire that became valued in the films of the 1930s add something


According to the "New York Times", in 1935, while he was a staff writer for MGM, the studio was notified by Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Education and Propaganda under Adolf Hitler, that films written by Mankiewicz could not be shown in Nazi Germany unless his name was removed from the screen credits add something


In February 1938, he was assigned as the first of ten screenwriters to work on "The Wizard of Oz" add something


In 1939, he suffered a broken leg in a driving accident and had to be hospitalized add something


When RKO opened the movie on Broadway on May 1, 1941, followed by showings at theaters in other large cities, the publicity programs that were printed included photographs of Welles as "the one-man band, directing, acting, and writing add something

Herman J. Mankiewicz died in 1953 add something


He died March 5, 1953, of uremic poisoning, at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles add something


Pauline Kael attributed "Kane"s screenplay to Mankiewicz in a 1971 essay that was strongly disputed and is now discredited add something