John Lee Mahin (1902–1984)

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John Lee Mahin was born on August 23, 1902 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as John Lee Mahin Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Scarface (1932), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) and Show Boat (1951). He was married to Muriel Mae McKinnon, Barbara Ann Bonnett, Patsy Ruth Miller and Nancy Hume Derr. He died on April 18, 1984 in Santa Monica, ... See full bio »

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Scarface Writer
Show Boat Writer


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 2018 The Bad Seed (TV Movie) (based upon the screenplay by)
 1971-1972 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Old School Ties (1972) ... (written by)
- The Identity Crisis (1971) ... (written by)
 1966 Moment to Moment (screenplay)
 1960 North to Alaska (screenplay)
 1960 Revak the Rebel (screenplay)
 1959 The Horse Soldiers (written for the screen by)
 1958 No Time for Sergeants (screenplay)
 1957 Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (screenplay)
 1956 The Bad Seed (screenplay)
 1955 Lucy Gallant
 1953 Mogambo (screenplay)
 1953 Elephant Walk
 1952 My Son John (adaptation)
 1951 Quo Vadis (screen play)
 1951 Show Boat (screen play)
 1950 Panic in the Streets (contract writer - uncredited)
 1949 Down to the Sea in Ships (screenplay)
 1948 That Wonderful Urge (contract writer - uncredited)
 1946 The Yearling (uncredited)
 1945 Adventure (uncredited)
 1943 Combat America (Documentary)
 1943 The Adventures of Tartu (screenplay)
 1942 Tortilla Flat (screen play)
 1942 Woman of the Year (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1941 Johnny Eager (screen play)
 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (screen play)
 1940 Boom Town (screen play)
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1938 Too Hot to Handle (screen play)
 1938 Test Pilot (treatment - uncredited)
 1937 The Last Gangster (screen play)
 1937 Captains Courageous (screen play)
 1937 A Star Is Born (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1936 Love on the Run (screen play)
 1936 The Devil Is a Sissy (screenplay)
 1936 Small Town Girl (screenplay)
 1936 Wife vs. Secretary (screen play)
 1936 Riffraff (contributor to dialogue - uncredited)
 1935 China Seas (contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited)
 1935 Naughty Marietta (screen play)
 1934 Chained (screenplay)
 1934 Treasure Island (screen play)
 1934 Laughing Boy (screen play)
 1933 Eskimo (translated to the screen by)
 1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady (screen play)
 1933 Bombshell (screenplay)
 1933 Hell Below (dialogue)
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (uncredited)
 1932 Red Dust (screen play - as John Mahin)
 1932 Tiger Shark (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1932 Scarface (dialogue)
 1932 The Wet Parade (adapted by - as John L. Mahin)
 1931 The Unholy Garden (uncredited)
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Wrote the screen play for a TV pilot called "Boys Town" which told the first of a proposed series of stories about the famed juvenile home founded by Father Flanagan.

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John L. Mahin | John Mahin | A Mahin-Rackin Production | Capt. John Lee Mahin USAFR

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American screenwriter, who spent most of his career at MGM, (1932 to 1941, and 1950-53), later free-lancing. He was a favorite of actor Clark Gable and director Victor Fleming. One of the founders of the Screenwriter's Guild in 1933, who honoured him with a Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1957. See more »

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