login | register
0 film rankings
Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Date of Birth: Feb 11, 1909

Country: USA

Biography: Best known for directing All About Eve and Cleopatra, Mankiewicz was the Pennsylvania-born son of Jewish German immigrants. He wrote 48 screenplays and found success due to his films' witty and sophisticated scripts.

Edit Biography

Total Titles at Criticker: 43 - You've Seen 43

Your Average Tiers: 0 (Actor), 0 (Director), 0 (Writer)

Average Rankings: 0 (Actor), 0 (Director), 0 (Writer)

Picture submitted by Travisbickle

Find more information about Joseph L. Mankiewicz at The Internet Movie Database

Titles You've Ranked (43)
Ordered by Score | Year
No Score
The Saturday Night Kid The Saturday Night Kid (1929)
Summary: Jayme and sister Janie are salesgirls in Ginsberg's Department Store. Mayme is in love with store clerk Bill, but Janie tries to steal him from her. Hazel, another salesgirl, is Jean Harlow's first credited role. (imdb)
No Score
The Gang Buster The Gang Buster (1931)
Summary: Naïve insurance agent 'Cyclone' Case falls in love with Sylvia Martine, whose father has a dispute with gangster Mike Slade. When Sylvia is kidnapped by Slade and his gang, 'Cyclone' decides to save her and wanders straight into a gang war without even realizing it. (imdb)
No Score
The Studio Murder Mystery The Studio Murder Mystery (1929)
Summary: Philandering actor Richard Hardell is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche, his director Rupert Borka, and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald, all have substantial reasons for having wanted him dead. (imdb)
No Score
Sky Bride Sky Bride (1932)
Summary: Barnstorming pilots Speed Condon, Bill Adams, and Eddie Smith travel the country with their manager, Alec Dugan, performing at fairs and air shows and hawking rides for the locals. But when Speed's rambunctious flying results in tragedy, he gives up flying in despair and guilt. Alec tracks him down and hopes to get him back on his feet and back in the air. (imdb)
No Score
Diplomaniacs Diplomaniacs (1933)
Summary: An Indian tribe sends two nitwits to a conference in Geneva. (TCM.com)
No Score
Paramount on Parade Paramount on Parade (1930)
Summary: A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting singing "My Marine" to a group of U. S. Marines, including Stuart Eriwn, Stanley Smith and Frederic March; Buddy Rogers doing a song-duet with Lillian Roth called "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love", on a cuckoo-clock set; and Clara Bow singing and dancing in "The Red Head" number to a group of sailors. (imdb)
No Score
Skippy Skippy (1931)
Summary: In this film based on the popular comic strip, Skippy interrupts his usual routine of finding loopholes in his parents' rules when he makes friends with Sooky, a boy from the other side of the tracks. (imdb)
No Score
Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Summary: This star-laden version of Lewis Carroll's novel combines elements of both the title novel and Carroll's sequel, Through the Looking Glass.
No Score
The Keys of the Kingdom The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
Summary: A young priest, Father Chisholm (Gregory Peck) is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese... (imdb)
No Score
Only Saps Work Only Saps Work (1930)
Summary: Rubber-legged comedian Leon Errol made his talkie starring bow in Paramount's Only Saps Work. Based on a play by Owen Davis Sr., about a kleptomaniac who starts with picking pockets and ends up robbing a bank. (imdb)
No Score
The Social Lion The Social Lion (1930)
Summary: Marco Perkins is a garage mechanic and a would-be-prizefighter who gets a place on the ritzy country club's polo team because he is the town's most proficient mallet-wielder, having learned to play polo while serving in the U.S. army. His hobnobbing with the town-elite and social upper-crust at the polo-matches gives him an inflated idea of his social position, and he decides he is is moving on up. (imdb)
No Score
The Dummy The Dummy (1929)
Summary: The early Paramount talkie The Dummy represented a collaboration of sorts between screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who adapted the play on which the film was based, and Mankiewicz' brother Joseph, who wrote the subtitles for the film's silent version. The title character is office-boy Barney, played by Mickey Bennett. (allmovie.com)
No Score
Emergency Call Emergency Call (1933)
Summary: An expose of the racketeering "accident victims" who extort millions of dollars annually from American automobile owners, insurance companies and property owners by staging fake accident with paid-witnesses standing by to serve in court trials if needed. After a few examples, this one concentrates on the 'gutter-floppers." (imdb)
No Score
Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983)  - TV Movie
Summary: A documentary about and an interview with Hollywood actress Bette Davis about her life and career from the late 1920s to the 1980s on stage and mostly before the camera.
No Score
Woman Trap Woman Trap (1929)
Summary: 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 resolve in the least. The barely relevant title is a reference to "heroine" Kitty Evans (Evelyn Brent), the wife of a minor gang functionary.
No Score
The Man I Love The Man I Love (1929)
Summary: Bearing no relation to the popular torch song of the same name, The Man I Love is a prizefight picture, courtesy of Paramount production exec David O. Selznick. Richard Arlen stars as Dum-Dum Brooks, a tank-town boxer who journeys to New York in hopes of cracking the Big Time. Along for the ride is Dum-Dum's long-suffering but ever-faithful wife Celia (Mary Brian). After licking Champ Mahoney (Charles Sullivan) in an exhibition bout, Dum-Dum is given a chance to win the title for real. (allmovie.com)
No Score
June Moon June Moon (1931)
Summary: Aspiring lyricist Fred Stevens leaves Schenectady for New York City, with hopes of making it big in the songwriting business. (imdb)
No Score
River of Romance River of Romance (1929)
Summary: Mississippi, 1830's. Tom Rumsford comes back to Magnolia Landing, his parents'estate. Having been brought up in the North by Quaker relatives, he just hates violence and accordingly refuses a duel. As this is the only way in the South to settle a dispute between gentlemen, Tom's father is so infuriated by his behavior that Tom has no other choice but leave. Away from Magnolia Landing, Tom learns bravery and returns seven years later as "Colonel Blake", the terror of the Lower Mississippi. (imdb)
No Score
Too Much Harmony Too Much Harmony (1933)
Summary: A singer is involved with two women in his life, one a "good" girl and one a "bad" one." (imdb)
No Score
Three Comrades Three Comrades (1938)
Summary: A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who is dying of tuberculosis. (imdb)
No Score
Million Dollar Legs Million Dollar Legs (1932)
Summary: A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the Olympics. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and even funnier with subsequent viewings. (imdb)
No Score
Carol for Another Christmas Carol for Another Christmas (1964)  - TV Movie
Summary: A man sits back on Christmas and mourns his son who died 20 years before in World War II. He sits and listens to "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and becomes more and more sullen. He is visited by three ghosts who center the experience they supply on not just Christmas, but War. (imdb)
No Score
Suddenly, Last Summer Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Summary: The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable (Hepburn) dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine (Taylor). What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. (imdb)
No Score
A Letter to Three Wives A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Summary: 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... (imdb)
No Score
Sleuth Sleuth (1972)
Summary: A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (imdb)
No Score
No Way Out No Way Out (1950)
Summary: 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. (imdb)
No Score
People Will Talk People Will Talk (1951)
Summary: Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend who recently died in combat. (imdb)
No Score
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Summary: In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost. (imdb)
No Score
All About Eve All About Eve (1950)
Summary: An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (imdb)
No Score
Cleopatra Cleopatra (1963)
Summary: Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (imdb)
No Score
The Barefoot Contessa The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Summary: Hasbeen movie director Harry Dawes gets a new lease on his career when Kirk Edwards hires him to write and direct a film... (imdb)
No Score
Julius Caesar Julius Caesar (1953)
Summary: Brutus, Cassius, and other high-ranking Romans murder Caesar, because they believe his ambition will lead to tyranny. The people of Rome are on their side until Antony, Caesar's right-hand man, makes a moving speech. The conspirators are driven from Rome, and two armies are formed: one side following the conspirators; the other, Antony. Antony has the superior force, and surrounds Brutus and Cassius, but they kill themselves to avoid capture. (imdb)
No Score
5 Fingers 5 Fingers (1952)
Summary: Based on a true story. In neutral Turkey during WWII, the ambitious and extremely efficient valet for the British ambassador tires of being a servant and forms a plan to promote himself to rich gentleman of leisure. His employer has many secret documents; he will photograph them, and with the help of a refugee Countess, sell them to the Nazis. When he makes a certain amount of money, he will retire to South America with the Countess as his wife. (imdb)
No Score
The Honey Pot The Honey Pot (1967)
Summary: Inspired by his favorite play, Volpone, millionaire Cecil Fox (Rex Harrison) devises an intricate plan to dupe three of his former mistresses into believing he is dying. (imdb)
No Score
The Quiet American The Quiet American (1958)
Summary: An American economist gets caught between Communists and colonialists in Indochina. (TCM.com)
No Score
The Late George Apley The Late George Apley (1947)
Summary: George and Catherine Apley of Boston lead a proper life in the proper social circle, as did the Apleys before them. When grown daughter Eleanor falls in love with Howard (from New York!), and son John with Myrtle (from Worcester!), the ordered life of the Apley home on Beacon Street is threatened, as is the hoped-for union of John and Apley-cousin Agnes. (imdb)
No Score
Escape Escape (1948)
Summary: An RAF pilot escapes from prison after being convicted for accidentally killing a policeman.
No Score
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
Summary: Biographical retrospective on Martin Luther King, Jr.
No Score
House of Strangers House of Strangers (1949)
Summary: Max Monetti is consumed with vengeance against his brothers after their betrayal of his father Gino. But after remembering his past, especially his relationship with Irene Bennett, Max realizes that his father had caused all the tension within the family and makes peace with his brothers. (imdb)
No Score
There Was a Crooked Man... There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
Summary: Charm, intelligence and succes in criminal career doesn't prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in territory prison. However, those years should pass quickly because of an enormous loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortyne even sooner. (imdb)
No Score
Dragonwyck Dragonwyck (1946)
Summary: In 1844, farmer's daughter Miranda Wells is invited by Nicholas Van Ryn, distant relation, to live in his mansion as companion to his daughter. Arriving in high hopes, Miranda finds the Van Ryns a bit strange. The parents barely know daughter Katrine; Nicholas faces a revolt of his tenant farmers; the servants hint darkly of curses and visitations. And what does Nicholas really do up in his tower room? (imdb)
No Score
Somewhere in the Night Somewhere in the Night (1946)
Summary: An amnesiac soldier returning from the war suspects that he may have been a murderer before the war.
No Score
Guys and Dolls Guys and Dolls (1955)
Summary: In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. (imdb)