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Hatcher Hughes (1883–1945)

Playwright Hatcher Hughes was born in Pokeville, NC, in 1886. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1907 and was hired by the university as an English instructor. In 1909, after obtaining his masters degree, he left the university and went to Columbia University in New York, where in 1912 he organized a course in play writing. In ... See full bio »

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 1926 Hell-Bent for Heaven (play)

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Stage: Wrote (w/Elmer Rice) "Wake Up, Jonathan!", produced on Broadway (earliest Broadway credit). Comedy (with puppets). Marionette prologue by Remo Bufano. Directed by Harrison Grey Fiske. Henry Miller's Theatre: 17 Jan 1921-Apr 1921 (closing date unknown/105 performances). Cast: Lois Bartlett (as "Peggy Blake"), Donald Cameron (as ... See more »

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Playwright and occasional theatrical director. Hughes had 5 productions appear on Broadway from 1921-1934. While none of these (see "Other Works") were huge hits, his most successful melodrama was purchased by Warner Brothers, then a lower rung studio, and produced as Hell-Bent for Heaven (1926). See more »

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