Creator / Joseph L Mankiewicz

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (19091993) started out as a writer at Paramount for movies featuring, among others, Jack Oakie and W.C. Fields. When he moved to MGM in the mid-30's, he became a producer, producing such well-known works as The Philadelphia Story and Woman of the Year. In the mid-40s, he moved to 20th Century Fox and became a director, best known for such films as A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve. In the early 50s, he left Fox and became independent, and later became infamous as the director of the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton version of Cleopatra. His final film was 1972's Sleuth.

Younger brother of Herman Mankiewicz (best known for co-writing Citizen Kane), cousin of Tom Mankiewicz (who wrote several James Bond films), and great-uncle of Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.

Films directed by Mankiewicz include:

Mankiewicz's films include the following tropes:

  • Academy Award: To date, the only writer/director to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay and Best Director two years in a row, for A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the trademarks of his films, Addison DeWitt being the most notable example.
  • Flashback: Mankiewicz was fond of this as a storytelling device; A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve use it to particularly good effect.
  • Writer on Board: One of the main criticisms of his work was his overuse of this trope.