Charles MacArthur

Screenwriter, Director, Playwright
While he did not quite attain the heights of success enjoyed by his long-time partner Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur was a justifiably popular and respected writer and bon vivant. Like Hecht, the droll, larger-than-life ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1895 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (23)

Switching Channels 1988 (Movie)

("The Front Page") (Play as Source Material)

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

("The Front Page") (Play as Source Material)

The Front Page 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Billy Rose's Jumbo 1961 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

His Girl Friday 1940 (Movie)

("The Front Page") (Play as Source Material)

Wuthering Heights 1939 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gunga Din 1938 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Barbary Coast 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Barbary Coast 1935 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Scoundrel 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scoundrel 1934 (Movie)

(From Story)

Twentieth Century 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Twentieth Century 1934 (Movie)

("Twentieth Century") (Play as Source Material)

The Front Page 1931 (Movie)

("The Front Page") (Play as Source Material)

Billy the Kid 1929 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

I Take This Woman (Movie)

(Screen Story)

King of Jazz (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Paid (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Rasputin and the Empress (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Senator Was Indiscreet (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Sin of Madelon Claudet (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Unholy Garden (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Way for a Sailor (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (1)

The Scoundrel 1934 (Movie)

Tramp (Actor)
Director (1)

The Scoundrel 1934 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Scoundrel 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

While he did not quite attain the heights of success enjoyed by his long-time partner Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur was a justifiably popular and respected writer and bon vivant. Like Hecht, the droll, larger-than-life MacArthur earned his literary stripes in the highly competitive world of 1920s Chicago, where dozens of reporters would vie for headlines and only the most creative and talented would rise to the top. MacArthur thrived in this environment and later used his talents to pen Broadway plays, including the highly successful comedy "The Front Page" (1928-29), his first and finest collaboration with Hecht, and the madcap "Twentieth Century" which was adapted into one of the finest screwball comedies of all time in 1934. MacArthur further cemented his fame with the New York high society crowd when he married beloved Broadway star Helen Hayes, the First Lady of the American Theater. Working with Hecht, MacArthur earned an Academy Award and a pair of nominations for writing such notable movies as "Rasputin and the Empress" (1932), "The Scoundrel" (1935), "Gunga Din" (1939) and "Wuthering Heights" (1939). The pair also directed a handful of features and MacArthur found himself in demand as a script doctor, doing anonymous re-writes on such films as "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" (1931) and "Freaks" (1932). Prolific and consistently witty, MacArthur brought considerable verve and intelligence to his work and those qualities were perfectly showcased in "The Front Page," one of the most enduring and re-staged American plays of any era.

Relationships

Helen Hayes

Wife
married 1928

James MacArthur Actor

Adoptive child
Adopted

EDUCATION

Wilson Memorial Academy

Nyack , New York

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