(A New Orleans physician leads a manhunt for two fugitive ...)
A New Orleans physician leads a manhunt for two fugitive killers who may be carrying the same plague that played a part in their victims" deaths.
(The Member of the Wedding (1952), a sensitive film versio...)
The Member of the Wedding (1952), a sensitive film version of Carson McCullers’ Broadway play, adapted from her own novel. Julie Harris - who created the role of yearning adolescent tomboy, Frankie, on the stage - is joined here by fellow original cast members Ethel Waters, as the mother figure Berenice, and Brandon de Wilde, as a mischievous young cousin, John Henry.
(The destiny of two soldiers during World War II. The Germ...)
The destiny of two soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian approves less and less of the war, while the American GI Ackerman climbs the military hierarchy.
(John Sturges directed this sizzling suspenser about a ner...)
John Sturges directed this sizzling suspenser about a nerve-racking chase to recover flasks of a lethal virus which were stolen from a government lab by a deranged and dangerous scientist.
(A gripping account of the real-life serial killer who sta...)
A gripping account of the real-life serial killer who stalked the Boston Common, leaving behind a trail of dead young women, and the detective who helped crack the case.
(Life is a Sunday in the park for Aurelia, a dotty Parisia...)
Life is a Sunday in the park for Aurelia, a dotty Parisian countess. But sooner or later, Aurelia had to find out about the so-called sane world. Join her in a whimsical look at a topsy-turvy world... and at a handful of kooks crazy enough to care.
(Robert Redford stars in this powerful epic of a man who t...)
Robert Redford stars in this powerful epic of a man who turns his back on civilization and learns a new code of survival in a brutal land of isolated mountains and hostile Indians.
(Seemingly at the edge of sanity, Goldman holds forth on e...)
Seemingly at the edge of sanity, Goldman holds forth on everything from Papal edicts to ex-wives, from baseball to his family's massacre in a Nazi concentration camp.
(A World War II adventure, involving a group of Allied POW...)
A World War II adventure, involving a group of Allied POWs, Nazis, black market priceless art treasures, Greek resistance, a Greek monastery, and a secret German rocket base.
(Noel Holcroft is astonished to learn that he is about to ...)
Noel Holcroft is astonished to learn that he is about to inherit a huge fortune. He is also the heir to a murderous neo-facist conspiracy designed to topple the free world.
A cameraman for Columbia Pictures early in his career, Anhalt gained a clear understanding of how to write for the optimal filming of his scripts. He began as a writer for Columbia Pictures in 1947, and by 1950 was writing for Twentieth-Century-Fox.
When Anhalt was under contract to Paramount from 1961 to 1965, he devised a way of dealing with Hal Wallis, the head of the studio, who would roam the corridors of the writers' building listening for sounds of creativity. Anhalt simply played a tape of the sound of a busy typewriter whenever Wallis passed by. His Oscar-winning Best Screenplay, written under Wallis's aegis, was Becket (1964), rather deftly adapted from Jean Anouilh's chronicle play, though the characters, Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton) and King Henry II (Peter O'Toole), were revealed more through talk than action.
Anhalt's less prestigious work for the studio included the Elvis Presley vehicle Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), in which the star played a poor tuna fisherman, and Boeing Boeing (1965), which Anhalt fashioned from Marc Camoletti's farce for Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. Also based on a play, but more personal for Anhalt, was Wives and Lovers (1963), about a successful writer (Van Johnson) on the brink of divorce.
Anhalt was married to his first wife Edna for 20 years, during which time they were writing partners. They began by churning out short stories for pulp magazines, under the pseudonym of Andrew Holt, and their first screenplay, credited to Holt, was Strange Voyage (1946), a lively "B" adventure directed by Irving Allen.
In 1950, under their real names, the Anhalts' won an Academy Award for Original Story for Elia Kazan's gripping urban thriller, Panic in the Streets, about the hunt for a gang of petty criminals carrying pneumonic plague. The couples' screenwriting breakthrough came with Fred Zinnemann's The Member of the Wedding (1952), adapted from Carson McCullers' successful Broadway play. It contained an "opened-out" sequence, not in the play, in which unhappy, reclusive adolescent Julie Harris goes to town and is pestered by a drunken GI. The film was produced by Stanley Kramer, for whom the couple continued to work.
Their Oscar-nominated story for Edward Dmytryk's taut psychological police drama The Sniper (1952), about a man who shoots women from rooftops, was based on research they did among men who were convicted of violent crimes against women. Anhalt later revisited similar territory with the much slicker The Boston Strangler (1968).
It was while writing the script for Kramer's first directorial effort, the labored medical drama Not as a Stranger (1955), based on Morton Thompson's thick bestseller, that the Anhalts began to battle with Columbia Studios and each other, leading to their divorce.
The last film Edward and Edna worked on together was Kramer's sprawling 130-minute epic, The Pride and the Passion (1957), for which they provided the empty rhetorical dialogue delivered without a conviction by the miscast trio of Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Sophia Loren.
Anhalt's first solo screenplay was for Dmytryk's The Young Lions (1958), based on the second world war novel by Irwin Shaw. On Marlon Brando's insistence, Anhalt had to soften the Nazi character, but the writer was instrumental in getting Dean Martin cast in his first non-comic role. In Love and War (1958) also contrasted the effects of the second world war on three soldiers, but this time in a soap opera manner. Even sudsier was The Restless Years (1958), a Peyton-Place type story featuring blonde teen idol Sandra Dee, and The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961) starring Angie Dickinson as an African missionary. Juvenile delinquency was the fashionable theme of John Frankenheimer's The Young Savages (1961), with a banal message rammed home about social conditions, but at least co-writer Anhalt got to grips with more realistic dialogue.
In his effective screenplay for Hour of the Gun (1967), directed by John Sturges, Anhalt (who appears briefly as a medic) takes up the Western story after the gunfight at the OK Corral, giving it a bitter, violent tone, making Wyatt Earp (James Garner) a cold-blooded killer and Doc Holliday (Jason Robards) ever more whisky-sodden. Another Western, which gained Anhalt a Western Hall of Fame award, although co-written with John Milius, was Sydney Pollack's Jeremiah Johnston (1972). The best of the cycle of "wilderness" movies of the early 70s, it starred a hirsute Robert Redford as a trapper trying to survive in the mountains, where hostile Indians lurk. Much of Anhalt's later work was done for TV, including the fourth (updated) version of the melodrama Madame X, in which the writer appeared as a judge, and in which his third wife Camilla Carr had a role.
(John Sturges directed this sizzling suspenser about a ner...)1965
(Robert Redford stars in this powerful epic of a man who t...)1972
(A World War II adventure, involving a group of Allied POW...)1979
(A gripping account of the real-life serial killer who sta...)1968
(Seemingly at the edge of sanity, Goldman holds forth on e...)1975
(A New Orleans physician leads a manhunt for two fugitive ...)1950
(The Member of the Wedding (1952), a sensitive film versio...)1952
(A down on his luck engineer gets involved in an adventure...)1981
(Noel Holcroft is astonished to learn that he is about to ...)1985
(Life is a Sunday in the park for Aurelia, a dotty Parisia...)1969
(The destiny of two soldiers during World War II. The Germ...)1958
Edward Anhalt was married five times.