Clifford Odets


Playwright, Screenwriter

Biography

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Golden Boy (1939) -- (Movie Clip) You Tell Me, Miss Moon! Joe Bonaparte (William Holden) brings girlfriend Lorna (Barbara Stanwyck) home to sister Anna (Beatrice Blinn) and Dad (Lee J. Cobb) in Golden Boy, 1939, from Clifford Odets' play.
Golden Boy (1939) -- (Movie Clip) You Better Than That! Violinist Joe (William Holden) breaks the news to his dad (Lee J. Cobb, who was only seven years older) about his boxing ambitions in Golden Boy, 1939, from Clifford Odets' play.
Deadline At Dawn (1946) -- (Movie Clip) The Sailor Took It Blind "Sleepy" (Marvin Miller) having walked upstairs during credits, woozy Edna (Lola Lane) finds the money she owes him gone, from a story by Cornell Woolrich, script by Clifford Odets, the only film by noted stage director Harold Clurman, Deadline At Dawn, 1946, starring Susan Hayward.
Deadline At Dawn (1946) -- (Movie Clip) It Rhymes With Moon Savvy New York taxi-dancer June (Susan Hayward) has volunteered to accompany small-town on-leave sailor Alex (Bill Williams) as he tries to return a bundle of cash he thinks he must have stolen while drunk, in Deadline At Dawn, 1946, from a Cornell Woolrich story.
Deadline At Dawn (1946) -- (Movie Clip) Let's Melt Some Ice Together Sailor Alex (Bill Williams), secretly afraid he’s committed a murder while drunk, is reluctant to part with kindly cabbie Gus (Paul Lukas), but meets taxi-dancer June (Susan Hayward) back at the scene, both discovering they still haven’t found evidence clearing him, in Deadline At Dawn, 1946.
Sweet Smell Of Success (1957) -- (Movie Clip) You Can Play Marbles With His Eyeballs Press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) rings high-powered columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) with news that he’s arranged for another columnist to run an item that should break up his sheltered sister’s romance with a jazz musician, in Sweet Smell Of Success, 1957.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Cat's In The Bag Famous scene, now outside 21 Club on West 52nd Street, dismissing cop Kello (Emile Meyer), columnist Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) and press agent Sidney (Tony Curtis), cutting a deal in their special argot, in Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell Of Success, 1957.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Your Meaty Sympathetic Arms One of Tony Curtis' best scenes ever, as press agent Sidney Falco with assistant Sally (Jeff Donnell), having failed to get an item published for restauranteur Joe (Joseph Leon), and at the mercy of still not-seen columnist Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster), early in Sweet Smell Of Success, 1957,
None But The Lonely Heart (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Might Be My Son Lots of tone in the opening, leading man Cary Grant and supporting Barry Fitzgerald introduced, in the first of only two films directed (also scripted) by the playwright Clifford Odets, None But The Lonely Heart, 1944, also starring Ethel Barrymore, from the novel by Richard Llewellyn.
None But The Lonely Heart (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Black As The Ace After a first spat with his long-suffering mother, Ernie (Cary Grant), back from his latest wanderings, in his London East End neighborhood, visits tolerant friend Aggie (Jane Wyatt), in None But The Lonely Heart, directed by Clifford Odets, from his screenplay and Richard Llewellyn's novel 1944.
None But The Lonely Heart (1944) -- (Movie Clip) What Are Them Pills For? London pawn shop proprietor "Ma" Mott (Ethel Barrymore in her Academy Award winning role) reveals her illness to friend Ike (Konstantin Shayne), then tangles again with her ne'er-do-well son Ernie (Cary Grant), in None But The Lonely Heart, 1944, from the Richard Llewellyn novel.
Clash By Night -- (Movie Clip) Never Too Early Lecherous Earl (Robert Ryan) watches Joe (Keith Andes) and Peggy (Marilyn Monroe) on the beach, then pursues her in the cafe, in Fritz Lang's Clash By Night, 1951, from the Clifford Odets play.

Family

Walt Whitman Odets
Son
Mother Betty Grayson.

Companions

Luise Rainer
Wife
Actor. Married January 8, 1937, divorced May 14, 1940.
Betty Grayson
Wife
Actor. Married May 14, 1943.
Helen Deutsch
Companion
Screenwriter.

Bibliography