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Maxwell Anderson (I) (1888–1959)


James Maxwell Anderson was born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1888 to William Lincoln Anderson and Charlotte Perrimela (Stephenson) Anderson. The second child born to the couple, Anderson spent his formative years on his maternal grandmother's farm in Atlantic before the family moved to Andover, Ohio when he was three years old. His ... See full bio »

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Key Largo Writer
(1948)
The Wrong Man Writer
(1956)
(1998)

Filmography

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 2022 The Bad Seed Returns (TV Movie) (based on a play by)
 2018 The Bad Seed (TV Movie) (based upon the play "The Bad Seed" by)
 1998 Meet Joe Black (earlier screenplay - inspiration)
 1985 The Bad Seed (TV Movie) (based upon the play by)
 1975 Valley Forge (TV Movie) (play)
 1974 Lost in the Stars (play)
 1970 Teatro de siempre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1969 Anne of the Thousand Days (based on the play by)
 1968 Elizabeth the Queen (TV Movie) (play "Elizabeth the Queen")
 1966 Barefoot in Athens (TV Movie) (play)
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie) (play)
 1962-1966 Festival (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Mary of Scotland (1966)
 1963 The Bad Seed (play "The Bad Seed")
 1963 Playdate (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Day the Money Stopped (1963) ... (play)
 1963 Vintersolhverv (TV Movie) (based on play)
 1962 Golden Showcase (TV Series) (play "Saturday's Children" - 1 episode)
- Saturday's Children (1962) ... (play "Saturday's Children")
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Wingless Victory (1961) ... (play)
 1959 Ben-Hur (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1959 Winterset (TV Movie) (play)
 1959 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1959 Vintersolhverv (TV Movie) (play)
 1959 Johanna aus Lothringen (TV Movie) (play "Joan of Lorraine")
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small (play "The Devil's Hornpipe")
 1958 Vertigo (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Winterset (1958) ... (play)
 1957 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Star Wagon (1957) ... (play)
 1956 The Wrong Man (screenplay) / (story)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Key Largo (1956) ... (play)
 1956 The Bad Seed (play)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- High Tor (1956) ... (writer)
  Shower of Stars (TV Series) (adaptation - 2 episodes, 1954 - 1955) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1954)
- A Christmas Carol (II) (1955) ... (adaptation)
- A Christmas Carol (1954) ... (adaptation) / (teleplay - uncredited)
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Masque of Kings (1955) ... (play)
 1954 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie) (adaptation)
  Omnibus (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1952) (play - 1 episode, 1952)
- The Trial of Ben Jonson (1952) ... (written by - segment "The Trial of Ben Johnson")
- The Trial of Anne Boleyn (1952) ... (play - segment "The Trial of Anne Boleyn")
 1952 What Price Glory (play)
 1951-1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- Saturday's Children (1952) ... (play - episodes 1.03 and 1.13)
- Winterset (1951) ... (play)
  Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 4 episodes, 1951) (book - 1 episode, 1950)
- The Buccaneer (1951) ... (play)
- Night Over Taos (1951) ... (play)
- Valley Forge (1951) ... (play - episodes 1.07, 1.20, 1.21 and 1.37)
- Mary of Scotland (1951) ... (play - episodes 1.07, 1.20, 1.21 and 1.37)
- Knickerbocker Holiday (1950) ... (book)
 1950 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Saturday's Children (1950) ... (play)
 1950 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- High Tor (1950) ... (play)
 1950 Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (play "Valley Forge" - 1 episode)
- Valley Forge (1950) ... (play "Valley Forge")
 1948 Joan of Arc (play "Joan of Lorraine") / (screenplay)
 1948 Key Largo (based on the play by)
 1948 A la sombra del puente (play)
 1946 The Masque of Kings (TV Movie) (play)
 1945 Winterset (TV Movie) (play)
 1944 The Eve of St. Mark (based on a play by)
 1944 Knickerbocker Holiday (from the play by)
 1941 Journey to Jerusalem (play)
 1940 Saturday's Children (based on the Pulitzer Prize play by)
 1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (from the stage play by)
 1936 Winterset (play)
 1936 Mary of Scotland (from the play by)
 1935 So Red the Rose (screenplay)
 1935 Maybe It's Love (based on a play by)
 1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1934 We Live Again (screen adaptation)
 1934 Death Takes a Holiday (screen play)
 1933 Hot Pepper (based on character created by)
 1932 Washington Merry-Go-Round (story)
 1932 Rain (screen adaptation)
 1931 The Guardsman (excerpt from play "Elizabeth the Queen" - uncredited)
 1931 Women of All Nations (characters)
 1930 One Romantic Night (adaptation)
 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front (adaptation & dialogue)
 1929 The Cock-Eyed World (play "Tropical Twins")
 1929 Saturday's Children (play)
 1926 What Price Glory (play)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(7/31/39-8/5/39)k Stage: Wrote "Gods of the Lightning," performed in the Fifth Midsummer Festival (Maxwell Anderson Plays) production at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA. Gilmor Brown was artistic director. Victor Jory was director. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Spouse:

Gilda Hazard  (his death) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it. It will make you a person in your own right. See more »

Trivia:

Won the 1933 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Both Your Houses". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently wrote in blank verse

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