Russell Rouse

Screenwriter
Son of a New York-based assistant director, Edwin Russell, Rouse worked his way up from laborer and assorted low level studio jobs in Hollywood to screenwriter, director and producer with collaborator Clarence Greene ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1913 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

D.O.A. 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Color Me Dead 1969 (Movie)

from screenplay (From Story)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A House Is Not a Home 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

(From Story)

Thunder in the Sun 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Numbers 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New York Confidential 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wicked Woman 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Thief 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Well 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

D.O.A. 1950 (Movie)

(From Story)

D.O.A. 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Town Went Wild (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (9)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

A House Is Not a Home 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Thunder in the Sun 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Numbers 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

New York Confidential 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Wicked Woman 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thief 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Well 1951 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Town Went Wild (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Son of a New York-based assistant director, Edwin Russell, Rouse worked his way up from laborer and assorted low level studio jobs in Hollywood to screenwriter, director and producer with collaborator Clarence Greene. Rouse reputedly worked first as an uncredited screenwriter before writing the offbeat film noir, "D.O.A" (1950) and winning an Oscar for his original story for "Pillow Talk" (1959). Rouse's films are notable for their offbeat gimmicks: in "D.O.A" a man, dying from a slow-acting poison must find his own murderer before the poison kills him; his directorial debut, "The Well" (1951) which deals with mob psychology and racism has a black child trapped down a well as the only person who can save a suspect from being hanged; and "The Thief" (1952) is a spy film made completely without dialogue. Rouse also directed the more conventional "New York Confidential" (1955), "A House is Not a Home" (1964) and "The Oscar" (1966).

Relationships

Beverly Michaels

Wife

Edwin Russell

Father
worked on early New York films

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1951

Feature film co-directing debut, "The Well" (with Leo C. Popkin)

1950

Formed Greene-Rouse Productions with Clarence Greene (date approximate)

Worked at Paramount as laborer, then in prop department

Worked as uncredited freelance screenwriter with collaborator Clarence Greene until 1942

Joined MGM as script messenger

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