Walter Bernstein

Producer, Journalist, Screenwriter
A former writer for The New Yorker who wrote many distinguished scripts for live TV in the late 1940s, Bernstein earned one feature credit, for "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands" (1948), before being blacklisted in ... Read more »
Born: 08/20/1919 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (20)

Durango 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The House on Carroll Street 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yanks 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An Almost Perfect Affair 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Semi-Tough 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Front 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Molly Maguires 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Money Trap 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Train 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fail Safe 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paris Blues 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Breath of Scandal 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heller in Pink Tights 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

That Kind of Woman 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Doomsday Gun (TV Show)

Screenplay

Kiss the Blood off My Hands (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Miss Evers' Boys (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Affair (TV Show)

From Story
Actor (9)

Indignation 2016 (Movie)

Walter Semmelweis (Actor)

Hollywood Contra Franco 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Tramp and the Dictator 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Annie Hall 1977 (Movie)

Annie's Date Outside Theatre (Actor)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

On Cukor (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Sparrow 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Sparrow 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

The Molly Maguires 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Women & Men II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A former writer for The New Yorker who wrote many distinguished scripts for live TV in the late 1940s, Bernstein earned one feature credit, for "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands" (1948), before being blacklisted in 1950. He returned to film work nine years later, scripting such fine films as Sidney Lumet's "Fail Safe" and John Frankenheimer's "The Train" (both 1964) with Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, and Martin Ritt's "The Molly Maguires" (1970), which he co-produced. His screenplay for "The Front" (1976) was a poignant, embittered portrait of the travails of a circle of screenwriters during the blacklist. Bernstein made his directing debut in 1980 with a rather bland remake of "Little Miss Marker." In the 1990s, he wrote a handful of teleplays, most notably the HBO drama "Miss Evers' Boys" (1997) and adapted his own screenplay of "Fail Safe" for a live CBS broadcast in 2000.

Relationships

Hannah Bernstein

Mother

Joan Bernstein

Daughter

Andrew Bernstein

Son

Nicholas Bernstein

Son

Peter Bernstein

Son

Louis Bernstein

Father

Judith Braun

Wife
third wife married in October 1961 divorced in 1984 mother of his four children

Gloria Loomis

Wife

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire 1940
sold first short story to The New Yorker while attending

Milestones

2000

Adapted 1964 screenplay of "Fail Safe" for a live broadcast starring George Clooney

1999

Penned the teleplay for the CBS movie "Durango"

1997

Adapted David Feldshuh's award-winning play "Miss Evers' Boys" into an acclaimed HBO movie

1995

Provided the story for the WWII-era drama about interracial love, "The Affair"

1991

Directed and wrote the "Return to Kansas City" segment of the HBO anthology "Women & Men II"

1988

Scripted "The House on Carroll Street"

1980

Film directing debut (also writer), "Little Miss Marker"

1979

Contributed to the script of "Yanks"

1978

Produced and wrote two pilots for a proposed series about a detective named "Sparrow"; neither sold

1977

Had bit part as Annie's date outside movie theater in "Annie Hall"

1977

Penned the screenplay adaptation of "Semi-Tough"

1976

Appeared in feature-length documentary "Hollywood on Trial"

1976

Scripted the blacklist-themed drama "The Front", starring Woody Allen

1969

First film as co-producer (with director Martin Ritt), "The Molly Maguires"; also wrote screenplay

1964

Penned the screenplay for "Fail Safe", directed by Lumet

1960

Did uncredited screenwriting on "The Magnificent Seven"

1959

First screenwriting credit after blacklisting, "That Kind of Woman", directed by Sidney Lumet

1948

First film credit (as co-adaptor), "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands"

While staff sergeant in the Army during WWII wrote "Reporter-at-Large" column for The New Yorker and was roving correspondent for Yank magazine; became staff writer for The New Yorker after war

Blacklisted during the 1950s

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