"In a movie… [t]he villain can lay anybody he wants, have as much fun as he wants cheating, stealing, getting rich, and whipping servants. But you have to shoot him in the end."
Herman Mankiewicz (1897–1953)
Columbia College 1917
The screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz—who helped establish rapid-fire dialogue as a hallmark of Hollywood’s early talking pictures—is remembered first for co-authoring the script for Citizen Kane. Although he and director Orson Welles shared writing credit (and with it Kane’s only Academy Award), many film historians today not only give Mankiewicz more credit for the script than Welles did, they give him more credit than they give Welles himself.