Screenwriter and director Russell Rouse is noted for his offbeat creativity and originality. As a screenwriter, he typically collaborated with producer Clarence Greene. Born in New York City, he is the son of early film pioneer Edwin Russell. He got his start in films working in the prop department of Paramount and from there began writing scripts. Among his better-known films from the '50s are the Oscar-nominated The Well (1951), a provocative look at small town racial tensions, and the lively romantic comedy Pillow Talk (1959) which earned Rouse and Greene an Oscar for Best Original Story.