Philip Dunne

Speechwriter, Banker, Businessman
Philip Dunne was one of the deans of Hollywood screenwriters from the 1930s into the 60s, scripting many a number of first-rate productions including "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1908 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (30)

Blindfold 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Agony and the Ecstasy 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Agony and the Ecstasy 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue Denim 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ten North Frederick 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Three Brave Men 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The View From Pompey's Head 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Egyptian 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pinky 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Escape 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swanee River 1938 (Movie)

(From Story)

Swanee River 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rains Came 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Suez 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last of the Mohicans 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

David and Bathsheba (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Forever Amber (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Johnny Apollo (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Lydia Bailey (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Son of Fury (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Stanley and Livingstone (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Count of Monte Cristo (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Late George Apley (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Luck of the Irish (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Melody Lingers on (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Robe (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Way of a Gaucho (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (9)

Blindfold 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Lisa 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild in the Country 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Blue Denim 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

In Love and War 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten North Frederick 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Brave Men 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The View From Pompey's Head 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Prince of Players 1954 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

The View From Pompey's Head 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prince of Players 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Way of a Gaucho (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Philip Dunne was one of the deans of Hollywood screenwriters from the 1930s into the 60s, scripting many a number of first-rate productions including "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) and "The Robe" (1953). Directing from 1954, Dunne turned out a series of smoothly crafted, finely acted dramas, notably "Hilda Crane" (1956), the teen angst classic "Blue Denim" (1959) and the suspense-filled "Lisa" (1962). Dunne began his writing career after taking a brief stab as a banker. His first produced credit was "Student Tour" (1934), more remembered for the sight of Betty Grable swimming in front of the Taj Mahal than for its substantive content. But that same year, Dunne adapted "The Count of Monte Cristo" for the screen, and was on his way to a prestige career. His 1936 adaptation of "The Last of the Mohicans" may not have been entirely true to the book, but it remains a classic. Dunne received his first Academy Award nomination for the true classic "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), his second for "David and Bathsheba" (1951). His "The Ghost of Mrs. Muir" adaptation sparked a franchise, and "Pinky" (1949) starred Jeanne Crain as a high-yellow African American passing for white and remains, however dated, one of the classics of the post World War II cycle of socially-conscious Hollywood films, alongside "Crossfire" and "Gentleman's Agreement". His work in the 50s and 60s as a screenwriter often went towards epics, including "The Agony and the Ecstasy" about Michelangelo, and "The Robe". In 1997, it was determined that he had written the latter with blacklisted writer Albert Maltz, who would heretofore share screen credit. Dunne was not blacklisted himself, but he was involved with so-called left-wing and liberal causes and served as a speech writer on the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy.

Relationships

Jessica Dunne

Daughter

Miranda Dunne

Daughter

Phillipa Dunne

Daughter

Amanda Duff

Wife
married in 1939

Finley Dunne

Father

Margaret Dunne

Mother
competed in the Olympics as a golfer

EDUCATION

St Bernard's School

New York , New York

Middlesex School

Middlesex , Massachusetts

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts

Milestones

1997

Posthumous credit for co-writing "The Robe" (1953) given to Albert Maltz

1966

Wrote and directed final film, "Blindfold"

1960

Worked as speech writer for John F Kennedy during presidential campaign

1954

Feature film directing debut, "Prince of Players"

1952

Worked as speech writer for Adlai Stevenson (and again during 1956 campaign)

1952

First film as producer, "Way of a Gaucho"

1951

Earned second Academy Award nomination for "David and Bathsheba"

1942

Served as Chief of Production for the Office of War Information, Overseas Branch, supervising films by directors including Jean Renoir, Garson Kanin, Josef von Sternberg and Willard Van Dyke

1940

Wrote classic "How Green Was My Valley"

1936

Had first major success, "The Last of the Mohicans"

1934

Feature screenwriting debut (with Ralph Spence), "Student Tour"

Had brief first career in banking

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