Michael Blankfort

Michael Seymour Blankfort[1] (December 10, 1907 – July 13, 1982)[2] was an American screenwriter, author and playwright. He served as a front for the blacklisted Albert Maltz on the Academy Award-nominated screenplay of Broken Arrow (1950). He was born in New York City and died in Los Angeles.[2]

Michael Blankfort
BornDecember 10, 1907
New York City, New York
DiedJuly 13, 1982
Los Angeles, California
Notable worksBroken Arrow (1950) (front for Albert Maltz)
The Caine Mutiny
Spouse1st) Laurette Spingarn
2nd) Dorothy Stiles

Film career

The Writers Guild of America, West, in its 1991 restoration of credit for the Broken Arrow screenplay to Maltz, expressed "a strong statement of appreciation for the courage of screenwriter Michael Blankfort" for his action in fronting for Maltz, in which Blankfort "risked being blacklisted himself to help his friend".[3] Among his own screenplays were The Juggler (1953) and The Caine Mutiny. He was president of the Writers Guild of America, West from 1967 to 1969[2] and won the Guild's Valentine Davies Award (along with Norman Corwin) in 1972.[4] He also served on the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1969 to 1971.[1]

Art collection

Michael Blankfort and his wife Dorothy Stiles Blankfort were among the founding members of the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Council, a group of prominent local art collectors connected to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Blankforts donated over 400 pieces of art to the museum, including works by Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky.[5]


  • "Battle hymn; a play in three acts, prologues and an epilogue". (with Michael Gold) New York, Los Angeles, London: S. French, 1936.
  • "The crime". New York: New York Theatre League, 1936.
  • "The brave and the blind : a one-act drama". New York: S. French, 1937.
  • "A Time to Live". New York: Harcourt Brace, 1943.
  • "The Big Yankee: The Life of Carlson of the Raiders". Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1947.
  • "Monique: A Drama in Two Acts". (with wife Dorothy Stiles Blankfort) New York: S. French, 1957.
  • "An Exceptional Man - A Novel of Incest". New York: Antheneum, 1980.


As screenwriter:

As associate producer:


  1. "Michael Blankfort papers". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  2. "Past Presidents". Writers Guild of America, West. Archived from the original on 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  3. "Movies July 03, 1991". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  4. "Valentine Davies Award". Writers Guild of America, West. Archived from the original on 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  5. "MCAC Awards". Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
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