Ben Maddow

Screenwriter, Documentarian, Director
Prolific screenwriter and documentarian from the 1930s through the 70s. Maddow began his career working within the American documentary movement in the 30s. In 1936 he co-founded the short-lived left-wing newsreel "The ... Read more »
Born: 08/07/1909

Filmography

Writer (13)

Native Land 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Man on a String 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Chairman 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mephisto Waltz 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Way West 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Balcony 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Loves 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Unforgiven 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Intruder in the Dust 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiss the Blood off My Hands (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Shadow in the Sky (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (2)

The Balcony 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Savage Eye 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

The Savage Eye 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Prolific screenwriter and documentarian from the 1930s through the 70s. Maddow began his career working within the American documentary movement in the 30s. In 1936 he co-founded the short-lived left-wing newsreel "The World Today". Under the pseudonym of David Wolff, Maddow co-wrote the screenplay to the Paul Strand-Leo Hurwitz documentary landmark, "Native Land" (1942). He earned his first feature screenplay credit with "Framed" (1947), and other screenplays include Clarence Brown's "Intruder in the Dust" (1949, an adaptation of the Faulkner novel), John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950) and "The Unforgiven" (1960). As a documentarian he directed and wrote such films as "Storm of Strangers" and "The Stairs". Maddow made his solo feature directorial debut with the striking, offbeat feature "An Affair of the Skin" (1963), a well-acted story of several loves and friendships gone sour and marked by the rich characterizations which had distinguished his best screenplays. His final screenplay was for the horror melodrama "The Mephisto Waltz" (1970).

Relationships

Emily Dawson

Daughter
survived him

Freda Flier

Wife
survived him

Ellen Zimet

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Milestones

1970

Final screenplay credit with "The Mephisto Waltz"

1963

Wrote, directed and produced the feature "An Affair of the Skin"

1954

Co-wrote the screenplay, but went uncredited, for "Johnny Guitar"

1952

Wrote the novel "44 Gravel Street"

1947

Debut screenplay credit under real name with "Framed"

1941

Wrote the screenplay to "Native Land" under the pseudonym David Wolff

1936

Co-created the leftist newsreel "The World Today"

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