Marx Brothers' Writers and Directors

by waxnapoleon | created - 09 Oct 2017 | updated - 13 Oct 2017 | Public

1. Leo McCarey

Director | Going My Way

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for Going My Way (1944), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

2. Bert Kalmar

Writer | Duck Soup

Vaudevillian, song-and-dance man, tent show magician and juggler Bert Kalmar turned to writing parodies for the stage after a knee injury put an end to his performing career. However, at the urging of composer Ted Snyder, he soon put his talents to better use as a writer of popular songs. A chance ...

Marx bros.:

Animal Crackers (1930) Horse Feathers (1932) Duck Soup (1933) A Night at the Opera (1935)

Other stuff:

The Cuckoos - Wheeler & Woolsey, Top Speed (1930) - Joe E. Brown Check and Double Check (1930) - Amos 'n' Andy Broadminded (1931) - Thelma Todd The Kid From Spain (1932) - Eddie Cantor Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934) - Thelma Todd The Circus Clown (1934) - Joe E. Brown Kentucky Kernels (1934) - Wheeler & Woolsey Bright Lights (1935) - Joe E. Brown Walking on Air (1936) - The Life of the Party (1937) -

3. S.J. Perelman

Writer | Around the World in 80 Days

Oscar-winning screenwriter S. J. Perelman was one of the great American humorists, a master at short fiction involving word play and satire who influenced countless American humorists, including Woody Allen. He was born Simeon Joseph Perleman (though known as Sidney or Sydney to family and friends)...

Marx bros.:

Monkey Business (1931) Horse Feathers (1932)

Also of Interest:

Hold 'Em Jail (1932) - feat. Wheeler & Woolsey, Edgar Kennedy, Betty Grable, Roscoe Ates, Edna May Oliver, .

Sitting Pretty (1933)

Paris Interlude (1934) Florida Special (1936) Early to Bed (1936)

The Golden Fleecing (1940)

Larceny Inc. (1942)

One Touch of Venus (1948)

Marx bros.:

I'll Say She Is (1924) [Broadway music revue]- Book and Lyrics by Will B. Johnstone, Music by Tom Johnstone.

Monkey Business (1931) Horse Feathers (1932)



Also of interest:

Reported Missing (1922) - [his only other film credit]

5. Arthur Sheekman

Writer | Duck Soup

Arthur Sheekman was born on February 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Arthur Grant Sheekman. He was a writer and actor, known for Duck Soup (1933), Call Me Madam (1953) and Monkey Business (1931). He was married to Gloria Stuart. He died on January 12, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Marx bros.:

Monkey Business (1931) Horse Feathers (1932) Duck Soup (1933)

The King & the Chorus Girl (1937) -written by Groucho Marx and Norman Krasna. treatment and additional dialogue by Sheekman. feat. Joan Blondell,

Also of interest:

Roman Scandals (1933) - feat. Eddit Cantor, Kid Millions (1934) - feat. Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman.

Rose of the Rancho (1936) - Nat Perrin, Dimples (1936) - Shirley Temple,

Pigskin Parade (1936) - Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Stowaway (1936) - Shirley Temple,

6. Edward F. Cline

Director | The Boat

Edward "Eddie" Cline began his career in the film business as one of the Keystone Kops. The former vaudevillian appeared sporadically in films as an actor until 1922, but became increasingly active behind the camera as a gagman and scenario writer for Mack Sennett. From 1916 he worked on a steady ...

The Dentist (....) - W.C. Fields

Hook, Line, and Sinker (1930)

The Widow from Chicago (1930)

Cracked Nuts (1931) The Naughty Flirt (1931) - feat. Myrna Loy. The Girl Habit (1931) - C. Ruggles,

Million Dollar Legs (1931) - W.C. Fields,

Parole Girl (1933)

So This is Africa (1933)

Peck's Bad Boy (1934) - feat. Jackie Coogan,

F-Man (1936)

On Again Off Again (1937) - feat. Wheeler & Woolsey,

7. Harry Ruby

Music_department | Duck Soup

As 'Harry Ruby', Harry Rubenstein was a 'song plugger' for Gus Edwards and for George Gershwin at Jerome H. Remick's, the Detroit music publishing firm. He had unfulfilled ambitions to become a professional baseball player and had previously worked the vaudeville circuit as a pianist with The ...

8. George S. Kaufman

Writer | A Night at the Opera

American playwright of acerbic wit. Twice won the Pulitzer Prize, and is best known for his collaborative authorship of "Once in a Lifetime," with Moss Hart (1930); "Of Thee I Sing," with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin (1931); "Dinner at Eight," with Edna Ferber (1932); "You Can't Take It with You"...

9. Morrie Ryskind

Writer | A Night at the Opera

Morrie Ryskind was born on October 20, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Morris Ryskind. He was a writer, known for A Night at the Opera (1935), My Man Godfrey (1936) and Stage Door (1937). He was married to Mary House. He died on August 24, 1985 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

10. Sam Wood

Director | Ivy

Following a two-year apprenticeship under Cecil B. DeMille as assistant director, Samuel Grosvenor Wood had the good fortune to have assigned to him two of the biggest stars at Paramount during their heyday: Wallace Reid (between 1919 and 1920) and Gloria Swanson (from 1921 to 1923). By the time ...

11. Robert Florey

Director | Four Star Playhouse

Robert Florey became infatuated with Hollywood while in his teens. By the time he set off for America in the early 1920s he had written articles on film for Cinemagazine, La Cinematographie Francaise and Le Technicien du Film, acted and directed one-reel shorts in Switzerland and worked as an ...

12. Joseph Santley

Director | Young and Beautiful

Joseph Santley was born on January 10, 1889 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Joseph Mansfield. He was a director and producer, known for Young and Beautiful (1934), Harmony Lane (1935) and Million Dollar Baby (1934). He was married to Ivy Sawyer. He died on August 8, 1971 in West Los Angeles, ...

13. Norman Krasna

Writer | Princess O'Rourke

Humorist, playwright and screenwriter Norman Krasna went to great lengths planning for a career in law: he attended New York University, Columbia University and St. John's University law school, then abruptly changed his plans and started work as a copy boy at a New York newspaper. He had a brief ...

Parole Girl (1933)

So This is Africa (1933) - Wheeler & Woolsey, Racquel Torres,

14. Al Boasberg

Writer | The General

Al Boasberg was born on December 5, 1892 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Albert Isaac Boasberg. He was a writer and director, known for The General (1926), Listen to Freezin' (1936) and So This Is College (1929). He was married to Roslyn Goldberg and Hilda Levy. He died on June 18, 1937 in Los Angeles...

15. Victor Heerman

Writer | Little Women

Victor Heerman was one of four brothers. His mother was a theatrical costumer. His father abandoned the family, and his mother moved the family to New York from London around the turn of the century to take a job as David Belasco's head costumer. Heerman moved to Los Angeles in 1911 to get into the...



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