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
Illinois and a law degree at
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law .
* 1 Early life
* 2 Films
* 3 Awards
* 4 Private life
* 5 References
* 6 External links
Philip Yordan was born to
Polish Jewish immigrants on April 1, 1914
Illinois . From a young age he had taken an interest in
writing. As a teenager, he ran a mail-order beauty supply business out
of the family basement. Yordan was an avid fan of detective stories;
he contemplated a career as a writer. After graduating from high
school, he earned a law degree but became dissuaded and pursued
writing, eventually becoming a screenwriter.
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 (1956), The
Bravados (1958) with
Men in War (1957) and God\'s Little Acre (1958),
officially credited to Yordan, but the two films actually were written
Ben Maddow . He worked several times in collaboration with
Samuel Bronston and contributed to the
screenplays of such films as King of Kings (1961), El Cid (1961), 55
Days at Peking (1963), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Circus
World (1964), and
Night Train to Terror (1985).
* Nominated for an
Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay for
Detective Story (1951), and for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for
* 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
Philip Yordan Story" (PDF). Noir
* ^ Bergan, Ronald (9 April 2003). "Philip Yordan, Prolific
Hollywood screenwriter who fronted for victims of the McCarthyite
witchhunt". theguardian.com . Retrieved 2014-12-25.