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Clarence Greene

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Years active  1944-1966

Name  Clarence Greene
Born  August 10, 1913 (1913-08-10) New York, New York, USA
Died  June 17, 1995(1995-06-17) (aged 81) California, USA
Occupation  Screenwriter, Film Producer

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Clarence Greene (August 10, 1913 – June 17, 1995) was an American screenwriter and film producer who is noted for the "offbeat creativity and originality of his screenplays and for film noir movies and television episodes produced in the 1950s.

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Career

Commencing with the 1944 film, The Town Went Wild, Greene co-wrote many stories and scripts with Russell Rouse. The partners are noted for their work on a series of six film noir movies commencing with D.O.A. (directed by Rudolph Maté-1950).

With the second film in the series, The Well (1951), they also took on directing and producing: Rouse as director, and Greene as producer. This collaboration continued through the noir series -- The Thief (1952), Wicked Woman (1953), New York Confidential (1955), and House of Numbers (1957) -- and beyond.

In the late 1950s, Greene and Rouse formed a production company, Greene-Rouse Productions, which created the film noir television series Tightrope that ran for one season (1959–60) as well as two films in the 1960s.

In addition to their noir work, Rouse and Greene produced two westerns (The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) and Thunder in the Sun (1959). The 1959 film, Pillow Talk, was based on their story. Their careers drew to a close shortly after the unsuccessful film, The Oscar (1966).

Rouse and Greene were nominated for the Academy Award for writing The Well (1951). They received the Academy Award for Pillow Talk (1959) (with Maurice Richlin and Stanley Shapiro). D.O.A. has been preserved in the National Film Registry. That film has also been remade several times, and they were credited as writers on two of them: the Australian remake Color Me Dead from 1969 and the D.O.A remake of 1988.

References

Clarence Greene Wikipedia


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