Aben Kandel

Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright
Novelist turned occasional screenwriter from the 1930s on. Kandel had enjoyed some success with his novels "Vaudeville" (1927), "Black Sun" (1929) and "City for Conquest" (1936, the source for the fine 1940 James Cagney ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1897 in United States

Filmography

Writer (12)

Trog 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Berserk 1967 (Movie)

(From Story)

Berserk 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How to Make a Monster 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How to Make a Monster 1958 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blood of Dracula 1957 (Movie)

(From Story)

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Timetable 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Iron Major 1942 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What's Buzzin' Cousin? 1942 (Movie)

(From Story)

City For Conquest 1940 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Biography

Novelist turned occasional screenwriter from the 1930s on. Kandel had enjoyed some success with his novels "Vaudeville" (1927), "Black Sun" (1929) and "City for Conquest" (1936, the source for the fine 1940 James Cagney film) before penning such enjoyable cinematic corn as "Thunder in the City" (1937), "Rio" (1939) and "What's Buzzin' Cousin?" (1943). Kandel ventured into more sober territory with the biographical tribute to football coach Frank Cavanaugh in "The Iron Major" (1943) and as co-author (with Robert Rossen) of the potent screenplay adaptation of "They Won't Forget" (1937), Mervyn LeRoy's blazing indictment of lynching and mob violence. He later displayed a predilection for horror in collaboration with schlockmeister producer Herman Cohen with "Horrors of the Black Museum" (1959), "Black Zoo" (1963) and two of Joan Crawford's last films, "Berserk!" (1967) and "Trog" (1970).

Milestones

1973

Last major screen credit, writing the screenplay for the horror film "Craze"

1957

First screenplay collaboration with Herman Cohen, "I Was a Teenage Werewolf"

1935

First screenplay credits, "Manhattan Moon" and "She Gets Her Man" (based on his own story)

1933

Worked on the adaptation of "Dinner at Eight" from stage to screen

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