Charles Lederer


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Charles Lederer (December 31, 1906 – March 5, 1976) was a prolific and well-connected American screenwriter and director. He was born into a prominent theatrical family in New York, and after his parents divorced, was raised in California by his aunt, Marion Davies, mistress to newspaper publisher William Randolf Hearst. A child prodigy, he entered college at age 13, but dropped out after a few ... more »

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  • ''Flattery'll get you anywhere.''
    Charles Lederer, U.S. screenwriter. Howard Hawks. Dorothy (Jane Russell) to Malone, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (film) (1953).
  • ''Knowledge is more important than life, captain. We've only one excuse for existing, to think, to find out, to learn.''
    Charles Lederer (1910-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Christian Nyby. Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite), The Thing from Another World, trying to convince ...
  • ''There are no enemies in science, professor. Only phenomena to study.''
    Charles Lederer (1910-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Christian Nyby. Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite), The Thing from Another World, trying to convince ...
  • ''Will you take your hands off me? What are you playing, osteopath?''
    Charles Lederer, screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), in His Girl Friday (film) (1940).
  • ''An intellectual carrot. The mind boggles.''
    Charles Lederer (1910-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Christian Nyby. Scotty (Douglas Spencer), The Thing from Another World, reacting to Dr. Carrington...
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