Robert Riskin

There is much to be said about legendary screenwriter Robert Riskin. A Hollywood pioneer and highly gifted screenwriter of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Riskin was a man of many accomplishments. In addition to screenwriting, he was a producer and director, eventually founding his own film company. He would go on to aid in founding the Screen Writers Guild.

When World War II came about, Riskin turned to propaganda filmmaking working in the Office of War Information and overseeing the development of films and documentaries in foreign theaters. In his work, Riskin emphasized the portrayal of a complicated, multifaceted, and culturally diverse United States, grounded in values that focused upon the common good.

In Robert Riskin, The Life and Times of a Hollywood Screenwriter, Ian Scott discusses the life and achievements of Riskin and his many different career moves. Showcasing Riskin’s contributions to film and unique style, Scott emphasizes the extent of Riskin’s influence upon film as well as his ability to help broaden the reach of Hollywood cinema abroad.

In Robert Riskin, The Life and Times of a Hollywood Screenwriter is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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