Robert Lord

Robert Lord

writer, producer, production manager

Robert Lord was born on May 01, 1900 in USA. Robert Lord's big-screen debut came with The Lucky Horseshoe directed by John G. Blystone in 1925. Robert Lord is known for Captain Blood directed by Michael Curtiz, Errol Flynn stars as Peter Blood and Olivia de Havilland as Arabella Bishop. Robert Lord has got 1 awards and 1 nominations so far. The most recent award Robert Lord achieved is Academy Awards, USA. The upcoming new movie Robert Lord plays is The Family Secret which will be released on Oct 24, 1951.

Harvard graduate Robert Lord studied English literature and playwriting in George Pierce Baker's renowned Workshop 47. He subsequently put this training into practice as a story writer for the New Yorker. Before long, one of his contributions, Tel... Don Juan (1925), attracted the attention of Hollywood producers and motivated Lord to relocate to the West Coast. After work on Tom Mix westerns, he soon landed a prestige assignment in the shape of the disaster epic La chevauchée de la mort (1926), a palpable box office success, for which Lord wrote the original story. His hard-edged style of prose impressed Warner Brothers, who signed him under contract in 1927.A favorite of production manager Hal B. Wallis, Lord remained at the studio until 1941, by which time he had won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Voyage sans retour (1932) and been nominated for another, the controversial social drama La légion noire (1937), a hard-hitting indictment of bigotry and mob rule. Lord again wrote the original story and also served as associate producer. A hit with both critics and audiences, the picture starred Humphrey Bogart, who, at the time was merely another contract player in danger of being typecast as heavies in run-of-the-mill potboilers. "Black Legion" reaffirmed Bogart's star qualities and he never forgot the role Robert Lord had played in rescuing his career.Following the death of Mark Hellinger in 1947, Bogart went out of his way to procure Lord as vice-president of his independent Santana Productions. In his new role as Santana's main producer, Lord was given carte blanche to hire such experienced writers as Daniel Taradash and John Monks Jr. (for Les ruelles du malheur (1949)). He was also instrumental in acquiring the rights for suitable literary material, best of which was Le violent (1950), based on a novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. While Lord was never officially credited with writing any of Santana's screenplays, he was nonetheless significantly involved in their early development (as, for example, in defining the character of Dixon Steele). On the flip side, Lord's friendship with Bogart rather clouded his objectivity in that he frequently interfered in the creative process by insisting on editorial revisions (particularly, whenever he felt the star's character was not portrayed in a sufficiently sympathetic light).After Bogart sold his interest in Santana to Columbia in 1955, Lord effectively retired from the film industry. He died in April 1976 in Los Angeles at the age of seventy-five.

  • Birthday

    May 01, 1900
  • Place of Birth

    Chicago, Illinois, USA

Known For


1 wins & 1 nominations

Academy Awards, USA
Best Writing, Original Story
Winner - Oscar

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