Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Joseph Leo Mankiewicz was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Mankiewicz had a long Hollywood career and is best known as the writer-director of the Oscar-winning All About Eve (1950). He was brother to screenwriter and drama critic Herman J. Mankiewicz who also won an Oscar for co-writing Citizen Kane (1941).

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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger. Rita Phipps makes as much money writing radio scripts at night as her school teacher husband does. Deborah Bishop looked great in a Navy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Jeanne Crain  •  Linda Darnell  •  Ann Sothern  •  Kirk Douglas

Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger. Rita Phipps makes as much money writing radio scripts at night as her school teacher husband does. Deborah Bishop looked great in a Navy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Jeanne Crain  •  Linda Darnell  •  Ann Sothern  •  Kirk Douglas

All About Eve (1950)

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From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing. Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Anne Baxter  •  George Sanders  •  Celeste Holm

From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing. Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Anne Baxter  •  George Sanders  •  Celeste Holm

Cleopatra (1963)

Determined to hold on to the throne, Cleopatra seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power—but Caesar’s successor has other plans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Rex Harrison  •  Roddy McDowall

Determined to hold on to the throne, Cleopatra seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power—but Caesar’s successor has other plans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Rex Harrison  •  Roddy McDowall

House of Strangers (1949)

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons, refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he's arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Susan Hayward  •  Richard Conte  •  Luther Adler

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons, refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he's arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Susan Hayward  •  Richard Conte  •  Luther Adler

People Will Talk (1951)

Successful and well-liked, Dr. Noah Praetorius becomes the victim of a witchhunt at the hands of Professor Elwell, who disdains Praetorius's unorthodox medical views and also questions his relationship with the mysterious, ever-present Mr. Shunderson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Jeanne Crain  •  Finlay Currie  •  Hume Cronyn

Successful and well-liked, Dr. Noah Praetorius becomes the victim of a witchhunt at the hands of Professor Elwell, who disdains Praetorius's unorthodox medical views and also questions his relationship with the mysterious, ever-present Mr. Shunderson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Jeanne Crain  •  Finlay Currie  •  Hume Cronyn

Sleuth (1972)

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A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Michael Caine  •  Alec Cawthorne  •  John Matthews

A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Michael Caine  •  Alec Cawthorne  •  John Matthews

Somewhere in the Night (1946)

George Taylor returns from the WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, he tries to track down his old identity, stumbling into a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  John Hodiak  •  Nancy Guild  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Richard Conte

George Taylor returns from the WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, he tries to track down his old identity, stumbling into a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  John Hodiak  •  Nancy Guild  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Richard Conte

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

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In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. On her very first night she meets the ghost of the crusty former owner, Captain Gregg—and refuses to be scared off. They eventually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Rex Harrison  •  George Sanders  •  Edna Best

In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. On her very first night she meets the ghost of the crusty former owner, Captain Gregg—and refuses to be scared off. They eventually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Rex Harrison  •  George Sanders  •  Edna Best

The Quiet American (1958)

Cynical British journalist Fowler falls in love with a young Vietnamese woman, but is dismayed when a naïve U.S. official also begins vying for the girl’s attention. In retaliation, Fowler informs the communists that the American is selling arms to their enemy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Michael Redgrave  •  Claude Dauphin  •  Giorgia Moll

Cynical British journalist Fowler falls in love with a young Vietnamese woman, but is dismayed when a naïve U.S. official also begins vying for the girl’s attention. In retaliation, Fowler informs the communists that the American is selling arms to their enemy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Michael Redgrave  •  Claude Dauphin  •  Giorgia Moll

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

A 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet  •  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Coretta Scott King  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Ralph Abernathy

A 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet  •  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Coretta Scott King  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Ralph Abernathy

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Has-been director Harry Dawes gets a new lease on his career when independently wealthy Kirk Edwards hires him to write and direct a film. They go to Madrid to find Maria Vargas, a dancer who will star in the film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ava Gardner  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Marius Goring

Has-been director Harry Dawes gets a new lease on his career when independently wealthy Kirk Edwards hires him to write and direct a film. They go to Madrid to find Maria Vargas, a dancer who will star in the film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ava Gardner  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Marius Goring

A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

Director Joseph Mankiewicz's first work for television, the 90-minute ABC drama was publicized as having an all-star cast (which meant that names of some supporting cast members were not officially released). In Rod Serling's update of Charles Dickens, industrial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Barbara Ann Teer

Director Joseph Mankiewicz's first work for television, the 90-minute ABC drama was publicized as having an all-star cast (which meant that names of some supporting cast members were not officially released). In Rod Serling's update of Charles Dickens, industrial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Barbara Ann Teer

No Way Out (1950)

The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Linda Darnell  •  Stephen McNally  •  Sidney Poitier

The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Linda Darnell  •  Stephen McNally  •  Sidney Poitier

5 Fingers (1952)

During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  James Mason  •  Michael Rennie  •  Walter Hampden  •  Oskar Karlweis

During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  James Mason  •  Michael Rennie  •  Walter Hampden  •  Oskar Karlweis

There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

Charismatic criminal Paris Pitman ends up in prison, then attempts to escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Henry Fonda  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Warren Oates

Charismatic criminal Paris Pitman ends up in prison, then attempts to escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Henry Fonda  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Warren Oates

The Honey Pot (1967)

A millionaire fakes a terminal illness to fleece his former girlfriends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Susan Hayward  •  Capucine  •  Maggie Smith

A millionaire fakes a terminal illness to fleece his former girlfriends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Susan Hayward  •  Capucine  •  Maggie Smith

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1985)

Biography of the legendary filmmaker directed by his son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Rock Hudson  •  Hermes Pan  •  Warren Beatty

Biography of the legendary filmmaker directed by his son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Rock Hudson  •  Hermes Pan  •  Warren Beatty

Woman Trap (1929)

In Woman Trap, Hal Skelly is hard-bitten police sergeant Dan Malone, whose mission in life is to rid his community of gangsters. The revelation that Dan's own brother Ray (Chester Morris) is the secret head of all local criminal activities does not weaken Dan's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Hal Skelly  •  Chester Morris  •  Evelyn Brent  •  William B. Davidson

In Woman Trap, Hal Skelly is hard-bitten police sergeant Dan Malone, whose mission in life is to rid his community of gangsters. The revelation that Dan's own brother Ray (Chester Morris) is the secret head of all local criminal activities does not weaken Dan's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Hal Skelly  •  Chester Morris  •  Evelyn Brent  •  William B. Davidson

Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)

This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laura, Forever Amber, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way, The Moon Is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valerie A. Robins
CAST:  Otto Preminger  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Saul Bass  •  Peter Bogdanovich

This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laura, Forever Amber, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way, The Moon Is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valerie A. Robins
CAST:  Otto Preminger  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Saul Bass  •  Peter Bogdanovich

Escape (1948)

Escape is a thriller about a World War II vet who goes to prison for murder and then escapes. He meets a woman who tries to get him to surrender.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Peggy Cummins  •  William Hartnell  •  Norman Wooland

Escape is a thriller about a World War II vet who goes to prison for murder and then escapes. He meets a woman who tries to get him to surrender.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Peggy Cummins  •  William Hartnell  •  Norman Wooland
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