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Edgar Selwyn (1875–1944)

What a life! Edgar Selwyn was born Edgar Simon on October 20, 1875, in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child he and his family lived in Toronto, Canada, before moving to Selma, Alabama, where his parents died. He moved to Chicago at the age of 17 to seek his fortune, but Fortuna would not let the young man take her as his mistress. Penniless, one night he ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Girl in the Show
Possessed Writer
Turn Back the Clock
For Better, for Worse


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 1942 Pierre of the Plains (based on a play by)
 1935 Baby Face Harrington (from a play by)
 1934 Chained (story)
 1933 Turn Back the Clock (screen play)
 1933 The Barbarian (from a story by)
 1931 Possessed (play "The Mirage")
 1929 The Girl in the Show (adaptation) / (added dialogue)
 1926 Dancing Mothers (play)
 1925 Night Life of New York (story)
 1925 The Crowded Hour (play)
 1924 The Mirage (play)
 1924 The Arab (play)
 1922 The Primitive Lover (play "The Divorcee")
 1919 For Better, for Worse (play)
 1918 Heart of the Wilds (play "Pierre of the Plains")
 1918 Dodging a Million (story)
 1917 Nearly Married (play)
 1916 Rolling Stones (play)
 1915 The Arab (story - play)
 1915 The Country Boy (play)
 1914 Pierre of the Plains (play "Pierre of the Plains")
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Country Boy. Comedy. Written by Edgar Selwyn. Note: Filmed as The Country Boy (1915). See more »

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5' 10" (1.78 m)

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He became a movie producer with his brother Archibald Selwyn in 1912, eventually merging their All-Star Feature Films Corp. with Samuel Goldfish's (soon to change his name to Samuel Goldwyn) studio to create Goldwyn Pictures Corp. in 1916. He was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1929 as a writer and director, eventually becoming a producer and serving as an editorial assistant to Louis B. Mayer ... See more »

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