Philip Yordan (April 1, 1914 - March 24, 2003) was an American screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Some of his films include The Chase (1946), Whistle Stop (1946), House of Strangers (1949), Houdini (1953), Broken Lance (1954), Johnny Guitar (1954), The Big Combo (1955), The Harder They Fall (1956), The Bravados (1958) and God's Little Acre (1958, official credit, but actually written by Ben Maddow). He worked several times in collaboration with independent producer Samuel Bronston and contributed to the screenplays of such films as King of Kings (1961), El Cid (1961), 55 Days at Peking (1963), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and Circus World (1964).


Philip Yordan Poems

Philip Yordan Quotes

It's a tragic irony. The sick stayed well and the healthy became blind.
Philip Yordan (b. 1913), U.S. screenwriter, and Steve Sekely. Christine Durrant (Nicole Maurey), Day of the Triffids, discussing the triffids' attack on England, which left their victims blind (1963).
You're not taking me to jail! You'll have to kill me first! Go ahead, shoot! Go ahead, kill me, copper, kill me! Go ahead! Kill me! Kill me! Let's go.Hoodlum.
Philip Yordan (b. 1913), U.S. screenwriter, and Joseph H. Lewis. Mr. Brown (Richard Conte) to Lieutenant Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde), The Big Combo (1955).
All plants move, but they don't usually pull themselves out of the ground and chase you.
Philip Yordan (b. 1913), U.S. screenwriter, and Steve Sekely. Tom Goodwin (Kieron Moore), Day of the Triffids, analyzing a triffid in his laboratory (1963).

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