Schmucks with Underwoods: Conversations with America's Classic Screenwriters

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9781557835086: Schmucks with Underwoods: Conversations with America's Classic Screenwriters

(Applause Books). "Where were you when the page was blank?!" a beleaguered screenwriter once asked a demanding director back in the golden age of movies. Max Wilk, an esteemed writer himself, admits "dignity for screenwriters is long overdue." That's why he has assembled this insightful homage to the men and women whose words created the foundation for our best and most-loved films. Here are face-to-face interviews with some of the historic giants of the industry, spanning the silent era to the 1960s, including Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, Sidney Buchman ( Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ), Donald Ogden Stewart ( The Philadelphia Story ), R.C. Sherriff ( Goodbye Mr. Chips ), Albert and Frances Hackett ( It's a Wonderful Life ), Evan Hunter ( The Birds ), John Collier, Edmund Hartmann, Ben Hecht, Nunnally Johnson and many more. In addition, Schmucks with Underwoods (a derogatory label for screenwriters coined by none other than the irascible Jack Warner) includes quotes and commentary about many other towering figures of the day, including Raymond Chandler, Edward Chodorov, Preston Sturges, Howard Koch, Dorothy Parker, Herman Mankiewicz and Paddy Chayefsky. Always entertaining, this book offers invaluable insight into the craft of writing, a fascinating portrait of a lost era of Hollywood, with enough hilarious anecdotes and behind-the-scenes trivia to please even the most casual movie buff.

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The title repeats Jack L. Warner's phrase for the chumps who cranked out scripts on his lot, and most of the screenwriters Wilk interviewed admitted to feeling like schmucks at least part of the time in Hollywood. How could they not have, when, as Evan Hunter notes, no one there trusts even a best-selling writer, and everyone in the hierarchy, however young or inexperienced, feels qualified to slash the most carefully wrought scenes? The payoff for writers is that they still tell the best stories. This book is packed with fascinating, funny glimpses into the industry, from the silents to the big studios' early 1960s swan song. If the dictatorial producers, egocentric stars, and awful working conditions are familiar to movie lovers, the stories aren't because the writer's take is less frequently told. Turn to the silent era: often brought in after the footage was shot, writers were expected to punch up sagging story lines with clever titles. The Underwood owners Wilk talked with also include Ben Hecht, Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Preston Sturges, and William Faulkner. Jack Helbig
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