Clifford Odets

Playwright, screenwriter, director, actor Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.
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Birthday
18 July 1906
Death Place
Los Angeles

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American Century Theater Presents Clifford Odets' THE COUNTRY GIRL 9/9 - Broadway World
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No American playwright wrote better dialogue than Clifford Odets, and this crackling, complex drama about a troubled marriage complicated by the rollercoaster stresses of show business is one of his finest efforts, as well as one of the great American
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Top 10 Hollywood Films of the 1950s - TheCelebrityCafe.com
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I'll just let some of Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets' script do the talking. JJ Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster): “I wouldn't like to take a bite of you - you're a cookie full of arsenic.” Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis): “Look, JJ, we can wrap this up in one
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Andrew Garfield, Philip Seymour Hoffman, et al. Set for Broadway Revival of ... - TheaterMania.com
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His most recent Broadway credit was directing the revival of Clifford Odets' The Country Girl. Nichols' other film credits include The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Carnal Knowledge, and The Birdcage
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Robert Ryan's Worlds of Hurt - Village Voice
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After an abortive run at Paramount, Ryan was signed by RKO on the strength of his performance as hardworking straight-arrow Joe Doyle in the 1941 stage production of Clifford Odets's Clash by Night. The actor didn't immediately find his niche,
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If It Only Even Runs A Minute - Broadway World
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The book describes how, Clifford Odets, a registered member of the Communist Party, followed the success of the pro-Marxist Awake and Sing! with a little-known piece, Til The Day I Die. Set in 1935 Berlin, the play featured Elia Kazan as a sympathetic
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KIM MORGAN: Francis (1982): Hollywood's perfect betrayal - Indie Wire (blog)
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Exasperated with Hollywood, Farmer ventures to New York and finds a home in the Group Theater, where she displayed great gifts, but (to her downfall) has a torrid affair with the married playwright Clifford Odets. After he harshly ditches her,
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Audition list for July 29 and beyond - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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Clifford Odets' “Waiting for Lefty.” Seeking Equity and non-Equity actors for 13 roles. 1-3 pm Sunday, July 31; 7-9 pm Monday, Aug. 1; and 5-7 pm Wednesday, Aug. 3. Director: Ian Hinz. Performances (new location): Oct. 7-30 at the Ensemble Theatre at
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Glee's Lea Michele Not Starring In Funny Girl: So Who Is? - E! Online
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She also worked with the revival's director, Bartlett Sher, when she made her Broadway debut five years ago in his revival of Clifford Odets' 1935 hit drama, Awake and Sing! Streisand was only 21 years old when she starred in Funny Girl
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Old Stories, Spun Anew
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LONDON -- If a cloud of sawdust seems to hang over the Old Vic Theater these days, that's because Kevin Spacey is chewing his way through the scenery there like an atomic termite. In a ripping old-fashioned star turn as Shakespeare's Richard III, Mr. Spacey gives fierce and flashy physical life to every twist of a power-mad man's corkscrew mind.
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A Dizzying Sense of Reality on London's Stages - New York Times
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This play (first staged at the Royal Court 53 years ago) is a sort of British equivalent of Clifford Odets's “Awake and Sing!,” a portrait of a struggling urban family of militant political convictions. Mr. Wesker, though, makes Odets look like a
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'Awake' and sing this play's praises - The Journal News | LoHud.com
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We've carried a vaguely negative opinion of playwright Clifford Odets for 30 years, ever since Lillian Hellman eviscerated him in her book "Scoundrel Time." Hellman portrayed Odets as one of the leading scoundrels of the 1950s red-baiting era: Odets,
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Critic's Notebook: London stage revivals this summer: Breathing new life into ... - Los Angeles Times
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Influenced as much by Clifford Odets as by George Bernard Shaw, Wesker's play, the first part of a trilogy, has the outward appearance of a kitchen sink drama but the inward structure of a dialectical debate. Cooke doesn't bury the scenes in realism
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Wilmington on DVD: Kiss Me Deadly, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, Sucker Punch - Isthmus Daily Page
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His other 1954-1956 movies, the pre-Leone Westerns Apache and Vera Cruz, the scalding Clifford Odets Hollywood expose The Big Knife, the blistering war movie Attack! and the Joan Crawford soap-opera-noir Autumn Leaves, all helped his case too: smart,
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ReGroup Presents PARADISE LOST July 18 - Broadway World
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The ReGroup Theatre Company is pleased to announce that they are being joined for one night by Angelica Page for their reading of Paradise Lost by Clifford Odets. Over the past year, the ReGroup has been presenting highly acclaimed readings of the
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The ReGroup Theatre Hosts Book Launch Party At Drama Book Shop July 7 - Broadway World
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He was a role model for Clifford Odets, and his writing style is clearly evident when reading the great works of Odets. The first of Lawson's Group play was Success Story in 1932. It is a tale of an up-and-coming advertising associate Solomon Ginsberg,
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Critics' Picks Video: 'Sweet Smell of Success' - New York Times (blog)
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By MEKADO MURPHY AO Scott looks back at an earlier era in the media business with the 1957 drama “Sweet Smell of Success,” directed by Alexander Mackendrick with a screenplay by Clifford Odets. Mr. Scott calls the film “a cookie full of arsenic;
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Meet the West End's Shrek - he's big, green and Jewish - Jewish Chronicle
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... Miller's psychological Holocaust play, Breaking Glass, the misogynist pimp in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, the boxing trainer in Roy Williams's Sucker Punch, Shrek and Moe Axelrod, the streetwise war veteran in Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Clifford Odets
    FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 56
    On August 14, 1963, Odets died of stomach cancer at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital at the age of 57.
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    On July 23, 1963, Odets was admitted to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles to undergo treatment for stomach ulcers.
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    Odets was reportedly tormented by public reaction to his testimony until his death in 1963.
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  • 1957
    Age 50
    Odets wrote the 1957 screenplay for Sweet Smell of Success, based on the novelette by Ernest Lehman and produced by the independent company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1954
    Age 47
    Odets' last play, The Flowering Peach, was produced on Broadway in 1954.
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  • 1951
    Age 44
    Odets and Grayson divorced in 1951.
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  • 1950
    Age 43
    Odets' 1950 play, The Country Girl, was a critical and box office success.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1943
    Age 36
    He married for a second time, in 1943.
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  • 1938
    Age 31
    The playwright George S. Kaufman queried, "Odets, where is thy sting?" Nonetheless, Rocket to the Moon garnered enough attention to place Odets on the cover of Time magazine in December 1938.
    In 1938 the Group presented Odets' Rocket to the Moon, a more reflective piece.
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  • 1937
    Age 30
    Odets first married two-time Academy Award winning actress Luise Rainer in January 1937. They divorced in May 1940.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 28
    Awake and Sing!, finally produced by the Group Theatre in February 1935, is generally regarded as Odets' masterpiece.
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    Odets' first play to be produced was the one-act Waiting for Lefty, on January 5, 1935, at the former Civic Repertory Theatre on Fourteenth Street in New York City.
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  • 1932
    Age 25
    In late 1932, Odets began writing a play about a middle-class Jewish family in the Bronx, initially called I Got the Blues.
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  • 1931
    Age 24
    Odets was mesmerized by Clurman's talks, and became the last actor chosen for the Group Theatre's first summer of rehearsals in June, 1931, at Brookfield Center in Connecticut.
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  • 1929
    Age 22
    He acted in small roles in a number of Theatre Guild productions between 1929 and 1931.
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    Odets landed his first job with the prestigious Theatre Guild in the fall of 1929, as an extra playing bit parts.
    The young Odets spent several summers as a dramatics counselor at camps in the Catskills and the Poconos. He toured extensively with stock companies, playing a large variety of roles. Odets got his Broadway break in 1929, when he was cast as understudy to Spencer Tracy in Conflict by Vincent Lawrence.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 19
    In this capacity he saw the 1926 Broadway production of Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Born
    Born on July 18, 1906.
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