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Maurice Rapf (1914–2003)

Maurice Rapf, the Hollywood screenwriter who became one of the pioneers of cinema studies, was born on May 19, 1914, in New York City to producer Harry Rapf and his wife, Tina Uhfelder Rapf. Harry Rapf was one of the founders of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and an Oscar-winner for producing MGM's first musical, The Broadway Melody (1929), an early talkie ... See full bio »

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 1980 Gnomes (TV Movie) (written by)
 1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- So Dear to My Heart (1954) ... (writer)
 1954 The Detective (screenplay - originally uncredited)
 1948 So Dear to My Heart (adaptation)
 1946 Song of the South (screenplay)
 1942 Call of the Canyon (story)
 1940 Jennie
 1940 Dancing on a Dime (screenplay)
 1939 Winter Carnival (writer)
 1939 North of Shanghai (writer)
 1938 Sharpshooters (story)
 1938 Island in the Sky (contributor to treatment - uncredited)
 1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone (story)
 1936 We Went to College (screen play)
 1932 Divorce in the Family (story)
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 1934 Dartmouth Days (Short)

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Other Works:

Book: "All About the Movies: A Handbook for the Movie-Loving Layman," 2000.

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Alternate Names:

Maury Rapf

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How, one might ask, did I rationalize the Moscow purge trials of 1937? (I believed the Trotskyites were plotting with the Nazis to undermine the socialist experiment.) How did I accept the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939 which led to the Nazi invasion of Poland and the start of World War II? (I had a hard time with this but became convinced that Stalin was just buying time to prepare for ... See more »


Lectured at Dartmouth during the sixties, and eventually founded the college's film studies program. See more »



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