PHILIP YORDAN (April 1, 1914 – March 24, 2003) was an American
screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several
films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to
Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of
* 1 Early life * 2 Films * 3 Awards * 4 Private life * 5 References * 6 External links
Some of his films include The Chase (1946), Whistle Stop (1946),
House of Strangers (1949), Houdini (1953),
Broken Lance (1954), Johnny
The Big Combo (1955),
The Harder They Fall
* Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay for Detective Story (1951), and for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Dillinger (1945). * Won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story for Broken Lance (1954), which was actually a remake, reset in the West, of the earlier House of Strangers , also credited solely to Yordan although written in part by the film's director Joseph L. Mankiewicz who declined to share a co-writing credit. * Won a 1952 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, for Detective Story (along with credited cowriter Robert Wyler , and Sidney Kingsley , the author of the original stage play).
He was married four times. Upon his death he was survived by his fourth wife, five children, and two grandchildren.
* ^ "Philip Yordan: The Chameleon. Interview by Pat McGilligan".
publishing.cdlib.org. Retrieved 2014-12-25.
* ^ Rode, Alan K. (2009). "The