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The Ernest Lehman Chronology

Films are listed under the year in which work began on the screenplay. Listings include the name of the studio, release date, format, producer, director, cast members, Academy Award Nominations (an asterisk {*} denotes a winning category), and any other awards or nominations for screenwriting.

Unproduced films are listed as such under the year work began. The furthest stage of development present in the archive is also noted.

1939

"The Santa Claus Industry," American Mercury, January, article with David Brown

"Hitler's Human Armor," This Week Magazine, January 22, article with David Brown and Martin Proctor

"Black Money," Harper's, February, article with David Brown

"Is Everybody Happy?" Collier's, May 27, article with David Brown, first published work

 

1940

"Busiest Boy On Broadway," This Week Magazine, January 21, article with David Brown

"Dr. Berg, Backstop," American Mercury, May, article with David Brown

 

1941

"Hack Writer," American Magazine, May, article with David Brown

"She Wanted Wings," Glamour, October, article with David Brown

 

1942

"Walter Winchell on Broadway," Daily Mirror, June 26, column ghosted by Lehman

 

1944

"Double Cross," Liberty, January 29, short story, first published work of fiction

"Brass Hats Are Strange Guys," Liberty, March 11, short story

"Double Sawbuck," Liberty, May 6, short story

"The Devil with Harry," Collier's, May 13, short story

"A Break for the Kid," Liberty, June 17, short story

"A Life is a Life," Liberty, September 30, short story

"You Know How Actors Are," Liberty, November 4, short story

"Table for Two," Liberty, November 18, short story

 

1945

Sells original film story: "Silver Creek, N.Y." to Republic Pictures, written with Geza Herczeg

"I Can't Sleep," Liberty, February 24, short story

"So Long, Baby," Collier's, February 24, short story

"The Small Sound of Applause," Collier's, March 31, short story

"Decline and Fall of the Roman Umpire," Liberty, April 14, short story

"I Am Gazing Into My Earl Well," Saturday Review of Literature, parody column

"Beginner's Luck," Collier's, July 25, short story

"The Man Who Liked to Look at Women," Charm, December, short story

"The Way Men Are," Collier's, December 8, short story

 

1946

"Gossip Through the Ages," Fascination, February, satire

"Puffs From the Powder Room," Fascination, March, satire

"Greater Love Hath No Man," Collier's, March 9, short story

"The Face on the Barroom Ceiling," Collier's, March 30, short story

"Clear Connection," Charm, April, short story

"Don't be a Flop - Be Flip," Fascination, April, satire

"A Word on Plays," Dance, April, drama criticism

"The Gay Evening," Esquire, May, short story

"The High Road," Esquire, June, short story

"Too Much Barter," Fascination, June, satire

"You're Only Young Twice," Liberty, June 8, short story

"Happy Hangover," Esquire, August, short story

"Football for Feeble Fullbacks," Esquire, November, article

 

1947

"Dejection Slips," Saturday Review of Literature, January 25, satire

"No Steak," Charm, March, short story

"The Conspiracy," Liberty, December, short story

 

1948

"Athlete's Heart," Liberty, March, short story

"Hunsecker Fights the World," Collier's, April 17, short story

"GIN!" Fascination, May, satire

"Clear Havana Filler," Collier's, May 8, short story

"The Life of Sammy Hogarth," Liberty, June, short story

"End of Summer," Liberty, August, short story

"Silver Creek, N.Y." produced as THE INSIDE STORY, released by Republic Pictures, based on the original story by Lehman and Geza Herczeg, first screen credit as co-author of original story (screenplay by Mary Anita Loos and Richard Sale)

 

1949

"The Nicest Thing to Do," Cosmopolitan, May, short story

"The Unguarded Moment," Cosmopolitan, July, short story

"Return Engagement," Esquire, September, short story

"Winchell at Work," Liberty, September, article

"The Kid Grows Up," Liberty, August, short story

 

1950

"You Can't Have Everything," Redbook, January, short story

"Tell Me About It Tomorrow," Cosmopolitan, April, first published novelette, originally titled "The Sweet Smell of Success"

"The Fifth Avenue Bus," Cosmopolitan, June, article

"24 Glittering Hours with Dorothy Kilgallen, the Voice of Broadway," Cosmopolitan, September, article

"It All Depends on How You Work It," True, October, article

"You Pay for What You Get," Argosy, October, short story

"Midnight at the Pentagon," Cosmopolitan, October, article

"Lana Turner," Cosmopolitan, November, article written under the name Geoffrey MacBain

"Exit," Cosmopolitan, November, short story

 

1951

"The Jolson Nobody Knew," Cosmopolitan, February, article

"The Silver Meteor," Cosmopolitan, March, article

"The Fantastic Story of Gayelord Hauser," Cosmopolitan, May, article

"How to Stay Healthy This Winter," Cosmopolitan, September, article

 

1952

"The Comedian," Cosmopolitan, January, novelette

"The Detective Behind the Counter," Cosmopolitan, January, article written under the name Geoffrey MacBain

"Are Wonder Drugs Losing Their Punch," Cosmopolitan, February, article

"Meet Me at the Drug," Cosmopolitan, February, article written under the name Josephine Coe

SOUTH SEA STORY (unproduced, 1st draft screenplay, Paramount)

 

1953

EXECUTIVE SUITE
STUDIO: MGM
RELEASED: 1954
FORMAT: Black and White
DIRECTOR: Robert Wise
PRODUCER: John Houseman
CAST: William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Shelley Winters, Paul Douglas, Louis Calhern, Dean Jagger, Nina Foch
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Designer
OTHER AWARDS: Nominated: Best Drama Screenplay (Screenwriters Guild)

 

1953-54

SABRINA
STUDIO: Paramount
RELEASED: 1954
FORMAT: Black and White
WRITTEN WITH: Billy Wilder and Samuel Taylor
DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder
PRODUCER: Billy Wilder
CAST: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Direction, Screenplay, Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design - Black & White (Edith Head)
OTHER AWARDS: Best Comedy Screenplay (Screenwriters Guild), Golden Globe, Best Comedy Screenplay (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

 

1954

THE KING AND I
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RELEASED: 1956
FORMAT: CinemaScope, DeLuxe Color
DIRECTOR: Walter Lang
PRODUCER: Charles Brackett
CAST: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Picture, Actor* (Yul Brynner), Actress, Cinematography, Director, Art Direction, Costume Design- Color* (Irene Sharaff), Scoring of a Musical Picture* (Alfred Newman, Ken Darby), Sound Recording* (20th Century Fox Studio Sound Department, Carl Faulkner)
OTHER AWARDS: Best Musical Screenplay (Screenwriters Guild)

"Slide, Darling, Slide," Cosmopolitan, April, short story.

 

1954-55

LABOR STORY (unproduced, outline, notes, MGM)

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME
STUDIO: MGM
RELEASED: 1956
FORMAT: Black and White
DIRECTOR: Robert Wise
PRODUCER: Charles Schnee
CAST: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart, Sal Mineo, Harold J. Stone
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Cinematography* (Joseph Ruttenberg), Art Direction* (art direction- Cedric Gibbons, Malcolm F. Brown; set decoration - Edwin B. Willis, F. Keogh Gleason), Film Editing
OTHER AWARDS: Nominated: Best Drama Screenplay (Screenwriters Guild)

 

1956

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
STUDIO: United Artists
RELEASED: 1957
FORMAT: Black and White
SCREENPLAY BY: Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman (from the novelette by Lehman)
DIRECTOR: Alexander Mackendrick
PRODUCER: James Hill
CAST: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison

THE COMEDIAN
STUDIO: CBS
FORMAT: Playhouse 90
TELEPLAY BY: Rod Serling (based on the novelette by Lehman)
DIRECTOR: John Frankenheimer
PRODUCER: Martin Manulis
CAST: Mickey Rooney
AWARDS: Emmy: Best Single Television Program of the Year

 

1957

MAN AGAINST HIMSELF (unproduced, first draft, MGM)

THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE (unproduced, notes, MGM)

THE COMEDIAN AND OTHER STORIES, book, published by New American Library

THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS AND OTHER STORIES, book, published by New American Library

 

1957-58

NORTH BY NORTHWEST
STUDIO: MGM
RELEASED: 1959
FORMAT: VistaVision, Technicolor
DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock
PRODUCER: Alfred Hitchcock
CAST: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Martin Landau
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Screenplay, Art Direction - Color, Film Editing
OTHER AWARDS: Nominated: Best Comedy Screenplay (Writers Guild of America)

 

1959

FROM THE TERRACE
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RELEASED: 1960
FORMAT: CinemaScope, DeLuxe Color
DIRECTOR: Mark Robson
PRODUCER: Mark Robson
CAST: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy, Ina Balin, Leon Ames

"Just for Variety," Variety, August 20, humor column

 

1959-61

WEST SIDE STORY
STUDIO: Mirisch Company, Seven Arts, United Artists
RELEASED: 1961
FORMAT: Panavision, Technicolor
DIRECTOR: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
PRODUCER: Robert Wise
CAST: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Picture*, Supporting Actor* (George Chakiris), Supporting Actress* (Rita Moreno), Cinematography-Color* (Daniel Fapp), Directing* (Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins), Screenplay- Adaptation, Scoring of a Musical Picture* (Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal), Art Direction-Color* (art direction- Boris Leven, set direction- Victor Gangelin), Costume Design-Color* (Irene Sharaff), Film Editing* (Thomas Stanford), Sound* (Todd-AO company, Fred Hynes & Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon E. Sawyer), Special Award for Choreography* (Jerome Robbins)
OTHER AWARDS: Best Musical Screenplay (Writers Guild of America)

 

1960

BLIND MAN (unproduced, notes)

 

1961-62

THE PRIZE
STUDIO: MGM
RELEASED: 1963
FORMAT: Panavision, Metrocolor
DIRECTOR: Mark Robson
PRODUCER: Pandro S. Berman
CAST: Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Elke Sommer, Diane Baker

1962

"And Forget Again," Aware, April, short story

"How to Stop Runaway Productions," Variety, October 23, humor column

 

1962-64

THE SOUND OF MUSIC
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RELEASED: 1965
FORMAT: Todd-AO, DeLuxe Color
DIRECTOR: Robert Wise
PRODUCER: Robert Wise
CAST: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer,
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Picture*, Actress, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Directing* (Robert Wise), Music- Scoring of Music, adaptation or treatment* (Irwin Kostal), Film Editing* (William Reynolds), Costume Design, Art Direction - Color, Sound* (20th Century Fox Sound Studio, James P. Corcoran & Todd-AO Sound Department, Fred Hynes)
OTHER AWARDS: Best Musical Screenplay (Writers Guild of America)

 

1964-68

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (writer, producer)
STUDIO: Warner Brothers
RELEASED: 1966
FORMAT: black and white
DIRECTOR: Mike Nichols
PRODUCER: Ernest Lehman
CAST: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Actress* (Elizabeth Taylor), Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress* (Sandy Dennis), Screenplay- adaptation, Cinematography- Black and White* (Haskell Wexler), Art Direction- Black and White* (art direction- Richard Sylbert, set decoration- George James Hopkins), Costume Design - Black and White* (Irene Sharaff), Sound, Film Editing, Original Music Score
OTHER AWARDS: Best Drama Screenplay (Writers Guild of America)

 

1967-69

HELLO, DOLLY! (writer, producer)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RELEASED: 1969
FORMAT: Todd-AO, DeLuxe Color
DIRECTOR: Gene Kelly
PRODUCER: Ernest Lehman
CAST: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Louis Armstrong, Marianne McAndrew, E.J. Peaker, Danny Lockin, Tommy Tune
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Picture, Cinematography, Art Direction* (art direction- John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith, Herman Blumenthal, set decoration- Walter M. Scott, George Hopkins, Raphael Bretton), Music- score of a musical picture- original or adaptation* (Lennie Hayton, Lionel Newman), Sound* (Jack Solomon, Murray Spivack), Film Editing, Costume Design

 

1969-72

PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT (writer, producer, director)
STUDIO: Warner Brothers
RELEASED: 1972
FORMAT: Panavision, Technicolor
DIRECTOR: Ernest Lehman
PRODUCER: Ernest Lehman
CAST: Richard Benjamin, Karen Black, Lee Grant, Jack Somack, Jeannie Berlin

 

1972

NORTH BY NORTHWEST, screenplay published in hardcover and softcover, Viking Press

 

1973-74

FAMILY PLOT
STUDIO: Universal
RELEASED: 1976
FORMAT: CinemaScope, DeLuxe Color
DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock
PRODUCER: Alfred Hitchcock
CAST: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane
AWARD NOMINATION: Best Comedy Screenplay (Writers Guild of America)

 

1975-76

BLACK SUNDAY
STUDIO: Paramount
RELEASED: 1977
FORMAT: Movielab Color
DIRECTOR: John Frankenheimer
SCREENPLAY BY: Ernest Lehman, Kenneth Ross and Ivan Moffat
PRODUCER: Robert Evans
CAST: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver

 

1977-78

THE FRENCH ATLANTIC AFFAIR, novel, Atheneum 1978-81

"Lehman at Large" monthly columns, American Film Magazine

 

1978-82

FAREWELL PERFORMANCE, novel, McGraw-Hill

1979

THE SHORT NIGHT (unproduced, revised 1st draft, Universal)

 

1979-80

BRENDA STARR, REPORTER (unproduced, 3rd draft)

 

1983

SCREENING SICKNESS AND OTHER TALES OF TINSEL TOWN, book of satirical non-fiction, A Perigee Book, G.P. Putnam's Sons

 

1983-85

President, Writer's Guild of America, West

 

1986

I AM ZORBA!, (unproduced, final screenplay, Cannon Films)

 

1987

Academy Awards Show (creative coordinator, co-writer) ABC-TV

 

1988

Academy Awards Show (co-writer) ABC-TV

1990

Academy Awards Show (co-writer) ABC-TV

"The Waxing," Los Angeles Magazine, May, satire

 

1991

HAY FEVER (Unproduced, final screenplay, Roger Peters Productions)

 

1992

"Names I Never Dropped Till Now," The Journal (WGAW), May, article

 

1993

In Work: DANCING IN THE DARK (3d draft final screenplay)

In Work:untitled autobiography

In Work:Broadway musical stage version of novella and film, THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

 

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