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Lillian Hellman - Movies

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Fredric March and Merle Oberon

The movie was adapted by Lillian Hellman and Mordaunt Shairp from the play by Guy Bolton. It was directed by Sidney Franklin, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and released by United Artists. A silent film version of the same play, also produced by Goldwyn, was released in 1925 and is now a lost film. (Wikipédia)
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These Three (1936)

Joel McCrea, Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins


Bonita Granville and Margaret Hamilton

Lillian Hellman's play was inspired by the true story of two Scottish school teachers whose lives were destroyed when they falsely were accused of engaging in a lesbian relationship by one of their students. At the time, the mention of homosexuality on stage was illegal in New York State, but authorities chose to overlook its subject matter when the Broadway production was acclaimed by the critics.

Because the Hays Code in effect at the time would never permit a film to focus on or even hint at lesbianism, Samuel Goldwyn was the only producer interested in purchasing the rights. He signed Hellman to adapt her play for the screen, and the playwright changed the lie about the two school teachers being lovers into a rumor that one of them had slept with the other's fiancé. Because the Production Code prevented even the use of or a reference to the play's original title, Hellman changed the title of her script to The Lie. After principal photography was completed, the film was christened These Three. (Wikipédia)
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Dead End (1937)

Sylvia Sidney and Joe McCrea

Dead End is a 1937 crime drama film. It is an adaptation of the Sidney Kingsley 1935 Broadway play of the same name. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, and Sylvia Sidney. It is notable as being the first film appearance of the Dead End Kid.

'Dead End' that was Lillian Hellman's adaptation of Sidney Kingsley's play."
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Herbert Marshall and Bette Davis


Patricia Collinge and Teresa Wright

The Little Foxes (1941) is an American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian Hellman is based on her 1939 play of the same name. Hellman's ex-husband Arthur Kober, Dorothy Parker and her husband Alan Campbell contributed additional scenes and dialogue. (Wikipédia)
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Anne Baxter

The North Star (also known as Armored Attack in the US) is a 1943 war film produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, written by Lillian Hellman. (Wikipédia)
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Bette Davis and Paul Lukas



Watch on the Rhine is a 1943 American film drama directed by Herman Shumlin, starring Bette Davis. The screenplay by Dashiell Hammett is based on the 1941 play of the same title by Lillian Hellman. (Wikipédia)
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Robert Young and Sylvia Sidney

The Searching Wind is a 1946 American feature film based on the play of the same name by Lillian Hellman. (Wikipédia)
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Fredric March, Ann Blyth and John Dall

Another Part of the Forest is a 1948 American drama film starring Fredric March and directed by Michael Gordon. The screenplay by Vladimir Pozner is based on the 1946 play of the same name by Lillian Hellman, which was a prequel to her 1939 drama The Little Foxes. (Wikipédia)
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People who added this item 270 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8

Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine


Fay Bainter and Karen Balkin

Hellman's play was inspired by the 1809 true story of two Scottish school teachers whose lives were destroyed when one of their students accused them of engaging in a lesbian relationship, but in the Scottish case, they eventually won their suit, although that did not change the devastation upon their lives. At the time of the play's premiere (1934) the mention of homosexuality on stage was illegal in New York State, but authorities chose to overlook its subject matter when the Broadway production was acclaimed by the critics.

The first film adaptation of the play was These Three directed by Wyler and released in 1936. Because the Hays Code, in effect at the time of the original film's production (1936), would never permit a film to focus on or even hint at lesbianism, Samuel Goldwyn was the only producer interested in purchasing the rights. He signed Hellman to adapt her play for the screen, and the playwright changed the lie about the two school teachers being lovers into a rumor that one of them had slept with the other's fiancé. Because the Production Code refused to allow Goldman to use the play's original title, it was changed to The Lie, and then These Three.

By the time Wyler was ready to film the remake in 1961, the Hays Code had been liberalized to allow screenwriter John Michael Hayes to restore the original nature of the lie. Aside from having Martha hang rather than shoot herself as she had in the play, he remained faithful to Hellman's work, retaining substantial portions of her dialogue. (Wikipédia)
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Yvette Mimieux and Geraldine Page


Gene Tierney, Dean Martin and Geraldine Page

Toys in the Attic is a 1963 American drama film starring Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux, Gene Tierney and Wendy Hiller. The film was directed by George Roy Hill and is based on a Tony Award-winning play of the same name by Lillian Hellman. (Wikipédia)
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The Chase (1966)

Marlon Brando


Jane Fonda

Hellman wrote another screenplay in 1965 for The Chase starring Marlon Brando based on a play and novel by Horton Foote. Though Hellman received sole credit for the screenplay, she worked from an earlier treatment, and director Sam Spiegel made additional changes and altered the sequence of scenes. In 1966, she edited a collection of Hammett's stories, The Big Knockover. Her introductory profile of Hammett was her first exercise in memoir writing. (Wikipédia)
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Julia (1977)

Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Fonda


Jason Robards

The 1977 Oscar-winning film Julia was based on the "Julia" chapter of Pentimento. On June 30, 1976, as the film was going into production, Hellman wrote about the screenplay to its producer.

This is not a work of fiction and certain laws have to be followed for that reason...Your major difficulty to me is the treatment of Lillian as the leading character. The reason is simple: no matter what she does in this story–and I do not deny the danger I was in when I took the money into Germany–my role was passive. And nobody and nothing can change that unless you write a fictional and different story...Isn't it necessary to know that I am a Jew? That, of course, is what mainly made the danger. (Wikipédia)
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Lillian Hellman





Born
Lillian Florence Hellman
June 20, 1905
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Died
June 30, 1984 (aged 79)
Tisbury, Massachusetts, U.S.

Occupation
Playwright, writer

Nationality
American

Spouse
Arthur Kober (1925–1932)

Partner
Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1931–1961)

Lillian Florence "Lilly" Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She famously was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to work on Broadway in the 1950s, her blacklisting by the American film industry caused a precipitous decline in her income. Hellman was praised for sacrificing her career by refusing to answer questions by HUAC; but her denial that she had ever belonged to the Communist Party was easily disproved, and her veracity was doubted by many, including war correspondent Martha Gellhorn and literary critic Mary McCarthy.

Hellman was romantically involved with fellow writer and political activist Dashiell Hammett, who also was blacklisted, for thirty years until his death in 1961. The couple never married as Hammett already had a wife. She adapted her semi-autobiographical play The Little Foxes into a screenplay which received an Academy Award nomination in 1942. (Wikipédia)

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The Children's Hour (1934 play)
The Dark Angel (1935 screenplay)
These Three (1936 screenplay)
Days To Come (1936)
Dead End (1937)
The North Star (1943 screenplay)
The Little Foxes (1939 play)
Watch on the Rhine (1941 play)
The Little Foxes (1941 screenplay)
The Searching Wind (1944 play)
Another Part of the Forest (1946 play)
The Searching Wind (1946 screenplay)
Montserrat (1949 play)
The Autumn Garden (1951 play)
Candide (operetta) (1957)
Toys in the Attic (1960 play)
My Mother, My Father and Me (play 1963)
Preface to The Big Knockover, a collection of Hammett's stories (1963)
An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir (1969 memoir)
Pentimento: A Book of Portraits (1973 memoir)
Scoundrel Time (1976 memoir)
Maybe: A Story (1980 novel)
Eating Together: Recipes and Recollections, with Peter Feibleman (1984 memoir with recipes)
Three (1980), 3 memoirs republished in a single volume


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