Philip Yordan

Screenwriter, Producer, Playwright
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (52)

The Unholy 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bloody Wednesday 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cry Wilderness 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night Train to Terror 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Savage Journey 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captain Apache 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Battle of the Bulge 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

55 Days at Peking 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Day of the Triffids 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fall of the Roman Empire 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King of Kings 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Studs Lonigan 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bramble Bush 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Day of the Outlaw 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

God's Little Acre 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bravados 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fiend Who Walked the West 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anna Lucasta 1957 (Movie)

("Anna Lucasta") (Play as Source Material)

Anna Lucasta 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gun Glory 1957 (Movie)

("Man of the West") (Source Material (from novel))

Men in War 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Down Payment 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Boys and a Gun 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Harder They Fall 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Conquest of Space 1955 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Big Combo 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Frontier 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man From Laramie 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Johnny Guitar 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Naked Jungle 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blowing Wild 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blowing Wild 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Houdini 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Detective Story 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edge of Doom 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dillinger 1945 (Movie)

(From Story)

Dillinger 1945 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anna Lucasta (Movie)

(Play Author)

Anna Lucasta (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Drums in the Deep South (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

House of Strangers (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Man Crazy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mara Maru (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mutiny (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Suspense (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Syncopation (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Black Book (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Black Book (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Whistle Stop (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (13)

Out of the Black 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bloody Wednesday 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cry Wilderness 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Savage Journey 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Captain Apache 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle of the Bulge 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crack in the World 1965 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Day of the Triffids 1963 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Studs Lonigan 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Harder They Fall 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anna Lucasta (Movie)

(Producer)

Man Crazy (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Suspense (Movie)

(Actor)

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).

EDUCATION

Kent College

University of Illinois

Urbana , Illinois

Milestones

1949

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

1941

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

1940

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

Formed Security Pictures production company with Sidney Harmon in mid-1950s

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