George Wells (screenwriter)
George Wells (November 8, 1909 – November 27, 2000) was an American screenwriter and producer, best known for making light comedies and musicals for MGM.
|Born||November 8, 1909|
New York, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 27, 2000 91) (aged|
Wells was the son of vaudevillian Billy K. Wells. He studied at New York University, then worked as a writer on radio on programs such as The Jack Pearl Show and Lux Radio Theatre.
Wells' work on Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) earned him a Writers Guild Award nomination. He did uncredited work on The Stratton Story (1949) then focused on musicals: Three Little Words (1950), The Toast of New Orleans (1950), Summer Stock (1951), Excuse My Dust (1951), Texas Carnival (1951) and Lovely to Look At (1952).
Wells became a producer with Everything I Have Is Yours (1952). He also produced I Love Melvin (1953) and Dangerous When Wet (1953). In April 1954, he signed a new contract with MGM and produced Jupiter's Darling (1955). This was a big flop and Wells' next film as producer, My Intimate Friend (to star Lana Turner and Ava Gardner), was never made.
Wells went back to being a writer only.
Party Girl (1958) was a change of pace, a film noir. After that Wells focused on comedies: Ask Any Girl (1959), The Gazebo (1959), Where the Boys Are (1960), The Honeymoon Machine (1961), The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962), Penelope (1966), Three Bites of the Apple (1967), and The Impossible Years (1968).
In 1982 he published the novel Taurus.
He died at Newport Beach on 27 November 2000. His first wife Ruth died in 1987. He was survived by his second wife Mary, two children, and three grandchildren.
With co-writer Harry Tugend, Wells was nominated for the 1950 Writers Guild of America Award in the category of Best Written American Musical for Take Me Out to the Ball Game. They lost to Betty Comden and Adolph Green, for On the Town. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Designing Woman.
- The Show-Off (1946)
- Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
- The Hucksters (1947)
- Merton of the Movies (1947)
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
- The Stratton Story (1949) - uncredited
- Three Little Words (1950)
- The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
- Summer Stock (1950)
- Angels in the Outfield (1951)
- Excuse My Dust (1951)
- Texas Carnival (1951) - story
- It's a Big Country (1951)
- Lovely to Look At (1952)
- Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)
- I Love Melvin (1953)
- Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
- Designing Woman (1957)
- Party Girl (1958)
- Ask Any Girl (1959)
- The Gazebo (1959)
- Where the Boys Are (1960)
- The Honeymoon Machine (1961)
- The Horizontal Lieutenant (1961)
- Penelope (1966)
- Three Bites of the Apple (1967)
- The Impossible Years (1968)
- Cover Me Babe (1970)
- The Fabulous Doctor Fable (1973) (TV movie)
- "George Wells; Won Oscar for 'Designing Woman'". Los Angeles Times. 7 December 2000.
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