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Charles Schnee (6 August 1916 Bridgeport, Connecticut
Bridgeport, Connecticut
- 29 November 1963 Beverly Hills, California) gave up law to become a screenwriter in the mid-1940s, crafting scripts for the classic Westerns Red River (1948) and The Furies (1950), the social melodrama They Live By Night (1949), and the cynical Hollywood
Hollywood
saga The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), for which he won an Academy Award. He worked primarily as a film producer and production executive during the mid-1950s (credits include Until They Sail), but he eventually turned his attention back to scriptwriting.

Contents

1 Biography

1.1 Screenwriter 1.2 MGM 1.3 Producer at MGM 1.4 Attempt to Be Independent Producer 1.5 Return to Screenwriting

2 References 3 External links

Biography[edit] He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
Bridgeport, Connecticut
and graduated from Yale in 1936. He studied law for the next three years and practised law in Massachusetts. He was writing plays and a play Apology had a run in 1943 with Elissa Landi.[1] Screenwriter[edit] Schnee came to Hollywood
Hollywood
in 1945. He did some writing on From This Day Forward (1946) at RKO
RKO
and was credited on Cross My Heart (1946) at Paramount. He sold Angel Face to Paramount for $25,000 [2] and stayed at Paramount to write I Walk Alone
I Walk Alone
(1947) for Hal Wallis
Hal Wallis
which was a success and really helped establish him. Schnee went back to RKO, then under Dore Schary, and worked with director Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray
and producer John Houseman
John Houseman
on They Live by Night (1948). Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
hired him to work on the script for Red River (1948), which quickly became established as a classic. He did some uncredited writing for Hal Wallis
Hal Wallis
on The Accused (1949), and he wrote Easy Living (1949) at RKO. MGM[edit] Schary went to MGM and Schnee followed, working on Scene of the Crime (1949).[3] He wrote Paid in Full (1950) for Wallis, then did Schary's personal production, The Next Voice You Hear...
The Next Voice You Hear...
(1950) at MGM. Schnee wrote The Furies (1950) for Hal Wallis, and Born to Be Bad (1950) for Nick Ray at RKO.[4] At MGM he wrote Right Cross
Right Cross
(1950) and Bannerline (1951), then did another Schary personal production, Westward the Women
Westward the Women
(1952).[5] Schnee wrote a comedy, When in Rome (1952) which was a flop then did The Bad and the Beautiful
The Bad and the Beautiful
(1952) for Houseman and director Vincente Minelli which was a critical and commercial success. Schnee won an Oscar for this script and Schary promoted him to producer. Producer at MGM[edit] Schnee was the uncredited producer on Rogue's March (1952) with Peter Lawford, which lost money, and Jeopardy (1953), which earned MGM a profit. He produced a Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
vehicle, Torch Song (1953), and did a Biblical movie, The Prodigal
The Prodigal
(1955) which was a fiasco.[6] Schnee enjoyed more success with Trial (1955) starring Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford
and especially Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) with Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Rocky Graziano, both popular movies that were critically acclaimed. Schnee produced The Wings of Eagles
The Wings of Eagles
(1957), a biopic of Spig Wead starring John Wayne
John Wayne
directed by John Ford. He produced a crime film, House of Numbers (1957) and Until They Sail
Until They Sail
(1957), the latter reuniting him with the star and director of Somebody Up There Likes Me.[7] He produce Party Girl (1958) for Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray
at MGM.[8] Attempt to Be Independent Producer[edit] He left MGM and setup as an independent producer at Columbia. He announced Company of Cowards with Hugh O'Brian,[9] an adaptation of The Tiger Among Us by Leigh Brackett[10] and was going to do an original screenplay Atom and Eva.[11] He was also going to make The Image Makers with Clark Gable.[12] None of the films were made apart from Tiger which would be produced by others years later as 13 West Street. Schnee returned to screenwriting. Return to Screenwriting[edit] He wrote The Mark Hellinger
Mark Hellinger
Story for George Sidney
George Sidney
but the film did not proceed due to casting issues.[13] He wrote The Crowded Sky
The Crowded Sky
(1960) at Warners. He had a notable success with BUtterfield 8
BUtterfield 8
(1961) at MGM. In 1961 he was president of the Writers Guild of America, West. As "John Dennis" he wrote By Love Possessed (1961), then he was reunited with the star, producer and director of The Bad and the Beautiful with Two Weeks in Another Town
Two Weeks in Another Town
(1962), a critical and commercial disappointment. He wrote a draft of The List of Adrian Messenger (1963). Schnee had just signed a contract with Dino de Laurentiis
Dino de Laurentiis
on the Sacco Vanzetti case when he died of a heart attack aged 46.[1]< He had one wife, Mary Schnee, who predeceased him by committing suicide in October 1961. He was survived by a 14-year-old daughter, Tina.[14] References[edit]

^ a b CHARLES SCHNEE, WROTE FOR FILMS. (1962, Nov 30). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/115776443?accountid=13902 ^ Special
Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1946, Dec 09). 'ANGEL FACE' LISTED FOR MISS GODDARD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/107545282?accountid=13902 ^ By THOMAS F BRADY Special
Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1949, Jan 03). METRO LISTS CAST FOR JOHNSON FILM. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/105821357?accountid=13902 ^ By THOMAS F BRADY Special
Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1949, Jun 01). ROBERT RYAN GETS LEAD IN RKO
RKO
FILM. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/105839710?accountid=13902 ^ By THOMAS F BRADY Special
Special
to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1949, Aug 05). DICK POWELL GETS NEW METRO ROLE. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/105784900?accountid=13902 ^ Pryor, Thomas M. (12 Sep 1954). "HOLLYWOOD CYCLE: Five Films on Biblical Subjects Keep Industry Wheels Turning -- Addenda". New York Times. p. X5.  ^ Schallert, E. (1956, Aug 13). Angeli, newman may be reteamed; japanese boy gets stellar role. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166975857?accountid=13902 ^ Special
Special
to The New,York Times. (1957, Aug 19). FILM ROLE GIVEN TO CYD CHARISSE. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/114197207?accountid=13902 ^ Hopper, H. (1957, Feb 27). O'brian will star in civil war story. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/167043271?accountid=13902 ^ By THOMAS M PRYOR Special
Special
to The New,York Times. (1957, Oct 04). SGHNEE TO FILM 'TIGER AMONG US'. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/114329604?accountid=13902 ^ FILM EVENTS. (1958, Mar 14). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/167222173?accountid=13902 ^ By OSCAR GODBOUT Special
Special
to The New,York Times. (1958, Aug 21). GABLE MAY STAR IN 'IMAGE MAKERS'. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/114366009?accountid=13902 ^ Special
Special
to The New,York Times. (1958, May 21). From hollywood. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/114450910?accountid=13902 ^ Charles schnee, film writer, producer, dies. (1962, Nov 30). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/168193175?accountid=13902

External links[edit]

Charles Schnee on IMDb

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay

1928–1950

Benjamin Glazer (1928) Hanns Kräly (1929) Frances Marion
Frances Marion
(1930) Howard Estabrook
Howard Estabrook
(1931) Edwin J. Burke (1932) Victor Heerman
Victor Heerman
and Sarah Y. Mason
Sarah Y. Mason
(1933) Robert Riskin
Robert Riskin
(1934) Dudley Nichols (1935) Pierre Collings
Pierre Collings
and Sheridan Gibney (1936) Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, and Norman Reilly Raine
Norman Reilly Raine
(1937) Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Arthur Lewis, W. P. Lipscomb, and George Bernard Shaw (1938) Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
(1939) Donald Ogden Stewart
Donald Ogden Stewart
(1940) Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller (1941) George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis (1942) Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard E. Koch (1943) Frank Butler, and Frank Cavett (1944) Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1945) Robert Sherwood (1946) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1947) John Huston
John Huston
(1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950)

1951–1975

Harry Brown and Michael Wilson (1951) Charles Schnee (1952) Daniel Taradash (1953) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1954) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1955) John Farrow, S. J. Perelman, and James Poe (1956) Carl Foreman
Carl Foreman
and Michael Wilson (1957) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1958) Neil Paterson (1959) Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks
(1960) Abby Mann (1961) Horton Foote (1962) John Osborne
John Osborne
(1963) Edward Anhalt (1964) Robert Bolt (1965) Robert Bolt (1966) Stirling Silliphant (1967) James Goldman (1968) Waldo Salt (1969) Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975)

1976–2000

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1976) Alvin Sargent (1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Peter Shaffer (1984) Kurt Luedtke (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
and Mark Peploe (1987) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1988) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Bill Condon (1998) John Irving
John Irving
(1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000)

2001–present

Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh (2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
(2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) Chris Terrio (2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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