Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success [Hardback]

Jon Krampner (Author)

ISBN: 9780813195957 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Series: Screen Classics | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 396p, H229 x W152 (mm) 40 b&w halftones

Ernest Lehman


One of the most successful writers in Hollywood, Ernest Lehman penned some of the most iconic and memorable scenes to ever grace the silver screen. Hailed by Vanity Fair as "perhaps the greatest screenwriter in history," Lehman's work on films such as North by Northwest, The King and I, Sabrina, West Side Story, and the Sound of Music helped define a generation of movie making. But while his talent took center stage, the public knew little of Lehman himself, a native of Manhattan's Upper West Side and the Five Towns of Long Island devoted to his wife of 50 years. His relentless perfectionism, hypochondria and all-night writing sessions fueled by tequila and grilled cheese sandwiches were some of the quirks that made Lehman a legend in the Hollywood community. In Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success, author Jon Krampner lays bare the life of this lauded yet elusive character. Moving seamlessly from post-production meetings to sound stages and onto the locations of Lehman's greatest films, Krampner's extensive biography brings to life the genius and singularity of the revered screenwriter's personality and the contributions he made to the world of cinema.

Table of Contents

Go To the Head of the Class (1915-1937) On Broadway (1938-1952) "Get This City College Writer Out of Here!" (1952-1954) Tahiti Therapy (1954-1957) In A Northwesterly Direction (1957-1959) The Crowd at Sardi's (1959-1961) Not Too Sweet, Not Too Sour (1961-1965) Fun and Games With Mike and Ernie (1964-1966) In Which the Bottom Falls Out (1966-1972) Farewell Performance (1972-1977) The Pot of Gold (1977-1982) An Uncertain Trumpet (1983-1985) Indian Summer (1985-1994) See You Again, But Don't Hurry (1994-2005) Appendix Notes

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