Screenwriters : Early Hollywood Screenwriters

Early Hollywood Screenwriters

Under each writer's name listed below, is an assortment of some of their most famous screenplays or adaptations; and some indication of who they most often worked with. The listings are not 'complete'. I'll finish the details someday--and I also intend to sort them by their studio.

If anyone would like to assist, please do so!

Sidney Buchman:

(associated with Frank Capra)
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Holiday (1938)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
The Talk of the Town (1942)

Robert Riskin

(associated with Frank Capra)
American Madness (1932)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936)
You Cant Take It With You (1938)
Meet John Doe (1941)

William Faulkner:

(associated with, Howard Hawks)
The Road to Glory (1936)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
The Big Sleep (1946)

Clifford Odetts:

The General Died at Dawn (1936)
Humoresque (1946)
None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
Clash by Night (1952)
The Country Girl (1954)
The Big Knife (1955)
Bigger Than Life (1956)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

John Balderstone:

(associated with horror, fantasy)
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Mummy (1932)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Gas Light (1944)

Edwin Justus Mayer:
Desire (1936)
A Royal Scandal (1945)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

Samuel Hoffenstein:
Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde (adaptation, 1932)
Tales of Manhattan" (1942)
Laura (1944)

Daniel Fuchs:
The Hard Way (1942)
Criss-Cross (1949)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

John Lee Mahin:

(associated with Jean Harlow, Clark Gable)
Riffraff (1936)
China Seas (1935)
Bombshell (1933)
Red Dust (1932)
Too Hot To Handle (1930)
Test Pilot (1938)
Gone with the Wind (1939 one of many writers)
Boom Town (1940)

Frances Marion:

(associated with Mary Pickford, Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
The Big House (1930)
Min and Bill (1930)
The Champ (1931)
Camille (1937)

Anita Loos:

San Francisco (1936)
Saratoga (1937)
The Women (1939)

June Mathis:

(associated with C B deMille, Von Stroheim)
The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse
Greed (editor)

C. Gardner Sullivan:

(associated with C B deMille)
The Buccaneer (1938)
Union Pacific (1939)
Northwest Mounted Police (1940)

Lamarr Trotti:

(associated with John Ford)
Judge Priest
Steamboat Round the Bend
Drums Along the Mohawk
Young Mr. Lincoln

Phillip Dunne:

Nunnally Johnson:

Ben Hecht:

(associated with Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Front Page
His Girl Friday
Barbary Coast
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Spellbound (1945)
Notorious (1946)

Casey Robinson:

(associated with Bette Davis; Errol Flynn)
Its Love I'm After (1937)
Dark Victory (1939)
Now, Voyager (1942)
The Corn is Green (1945)
All This And Heaven Too (1940)
The Old Maid (1939)

Herman J. Mankiewicz:

(associated with The Marx Bros)
The Cocoanuts
Animal Crackers

Jeannie MacPherson:

(associated with C.B. deMille)
The Ten Commandments

William LeBaron:

(associated with W.C. Fields, Mae West)
Janice Meredith
The Old-Fashioned Way
Its a Gift
She Done Him Wrong
I'm No Angel
Cimarron (1931)

John Paxton:

(associated with noir)
Murder My Sweet
Crossfire (1947)

Charles Schnee:

(associated with noir)
They Live By Night (1949)
I Walk Alone (1947)
Scene of the Crime (1949)

Daniel Mainwaring:

(associated with noir)
From Out of the Past (1947)
The Big Steal (1949)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Jules Furthman:

(associated with westerns, gangster films, J. Von Sternberg, and Marlene Dietrich)
The Texan
The Iron Rider
The Big Punch
The Dragnet
The Docks of New York
The Blue Angel
The Shanghai Express
Blonde Venus

(details tbd later)
Gene Fowler
Jane Murfin
Rowland Brown
Zoe Akins
Alice Guy Blache
Jay Presson Allen
Gene Gauntier
Bess Meredyth
Grace Cunard
Dudley Nichols
Burt Kennedy

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Nice beginning to your list! Considering that early Hollywood screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas just passed away at the age of 111 years maybe you should consider her for this list also?

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Well now! Excellent contribution! Why don't you do the write -up for her entry?

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Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett married couple (associated with MGM):

Naughty Marietta (1935)
first three Thin Man movies (1934, 1936, 1939)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Easter Parade (1948)
Father of the Bride (1950)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Jo (Joseph) Swerling (associated with Columbia, Frank Capra):

The Miracle Woman (1931)
Made for Each Other (1939)
Gone with the Wind (1939) (uncredited assist)
Blood and Sand (1941)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (additional scenes)

Lenore Coffee (associated with Warner Bros, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford):
Chicago (1927)
Torch Singer (1933)
The Great Lie (1941)
Old Acquaintance (1943)
Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
Sudden Fear (1952)



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Charles Lederer
(Associated with good writing, Hawks and Wilder)

His Girl Friday (1940)
Comrade X (1940)
Kiss Of Death (1947)
Ride The Pink Horse (1947)
The Lady From Shanghai (1947 (uncredited))
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Monkey Business (1952)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Mutiny On The Bounty (1962)

Regarding your list for Mankiewicz, have I missed the format? The guy wrote Citizen Kane and Dinner At Eight! I know you know that. What gives? Wrong studio? Too 'known'?

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I noticed those Mank omissions too. Plus Cliff Odets also wrote and directed "The Story On Page One".
I always thought that Irwin Shaw wrote "The Talk Of The Town" and what about Preston Sturges, not necessarily the stuff he directed himself but things like "Easy Living" (there was a second film with this title - written, ironically by Irwin Shaw, in 1948 - but I'm referring to the 1937 entry starring Ray Milland and Jean Arthur).