Julius J Epstein

Screenwriter, Producer, Playwright
The directors with whom screenwriter Julius J Epstein collaborated reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood notables. After working as a radio publicist and writing some one-act plays, he signed on with Warner Bros ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1909 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (41)

Reuben, Reuben 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House Calls 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cross of Iron 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pete 'n' Tillie 1972 (Movie)

Written for the Screen by (Screenplay)

Any Wednesday 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Return From the Ashes 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Send Me No Flowers 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fanny 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Light in the Piazza 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tall Story 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Take a Giant Step 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Kiss Them For Me 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tender Trap 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forever Female 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Came to Dinner 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Strawberry Blonde 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Daughters 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Broadway Gondolier (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Chicken Every Sunday (Movie)

(Play Author)

Daughters Courageous (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Four Wives (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Harold Robbins' "The Pirate" (TV Show)

Screenplay

In Caliente (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Living on Velvet (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

My Foolish Heart (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

No Time for Comedy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

One More Tomorrow (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Romance on the High Seas (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Saturday's Children (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Secrets of an Actress (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Secrets of an Actress (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Sons O' Guns (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Male Animal (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (5)

Reuben, Reuben 1983 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Pete 'n' Tillie 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Any Wednesday 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Take a Giant Step 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Bacall on Bogart (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The directors with whom screenwriter Julius J Epstein collaborated reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood notables. After working as a radio publicist and writing some one-act plays, he signed on with Warner Bros., receiving his first screenwriting credit for "Living on Velvet" (1934). Epstein would write four screenplays (the last one, 1941's "Honeymoon for Three", with his twin brother-writing partner Philip) for prolific director Lloyd Bacon, who had learned his trade at the elbow of Mack Sennett after years of playing the perfect foil to Charlie Chaplin. He also worked on five screenplays (three with his brother) for William Keighley, most notably "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1941), adapted from the George S Kaufman and Moss Hart play. However, the helmsman with whom he worked most often was Michael Curtiz. Epstein and his brother provided the structure and much of the wit for the Oscar-winning screenplay of Curtiz's masterpiece "Casablanca" (1943), as well as contributing to the director's "Yankee Doodle Dandy" the year before. He also received an Oscar nomination for his efforts on Curtiz's "Four Daughters" (1938).

For the Warners, Epstein and his brother collaborated on Raoul Walsh's "The Strawberry Blonde" (1941), Elliott Nugent's "The Male Animal" (1942, based on the Nugent-James Thurber play) and Frank Capra's adaptation of Joseph Kesselring's play "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944). The pair also worked with Mark Robson ("My Foolish Heart" 1950, based on a J D Salinger story), George Cukor ("Born Yesterday" 1950, uncredited from the Garson Kanin play) and Richard Brooks, ("The Last Time I Saw Paris" 1954, based on an F Scott Fitzgerald story, and "The Brothers Karamazov" 1958, adapted from the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevski), among other directors. Beginning with Philip Leacock's "Take a Giant Step" (1958), which he also produced, Epstein wrote alone for the most part, scripting Joshua Logan's "Tall Story" (1960) and "Fanny" (1961), Norman Jewison's "Send Me No Flowers" (1964) and Robert Ellis Miller's directorial debut, "Any Wednesday" (1966), before earning his third Oscar nomination for Martin Ritt's "Pete 'n' Tillie" (1972, also co-producer). His collaboration on Sam Peckinpaugh's "Cross of Iron" (1977) preceded a final success with his last screenplay (to date) for Miller's "Reuben, Reuben" (1983), which earned him a fourth Oscar nomination.

Relationships

Sarah Epstein

Mother

Elizabeth Doris Epstein Schwartz

Daughter
born in April 1939 mother, Frances Satz

Tim Schwartz

Grandson

Henry Epstein

Father

James Epstein

Son
born in June 1940 mother, Frances Satz

Philip Epstein

Son
born in May 1953 died in January 2000 mother, Ann Margot Wassermann

Philip Epstein

Brother
twin collaborated on Oscar-winning script to "Casablanca", among many others died on February 7, 1952

Leslie Epstein

Nephew

Richard Epstein

Nephew

Anya Epstein

Grand-Niece
married to actor Dan Futterman

Frances Sage

Wife
married from April 1936 until 1949 divorced

Ann Wassermann

Wife
married on September 1, 1949

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania 1931
was captain of the boxing team and intercoolegiate bantamweight champion

Erasmus Hall High School

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

2000

Off-Broadway premiere of "Saturday Night"

1998

"Saturday Night", with book credited only to Julius; produced in London

1983

Reteamed with Robert Ellis Miller for "Reuben, Reuben"; co-produced and wrote screenplay, adapting source material (Herman Shumlin's play "Spofford" and a Peter de Vries novel); son Philip served as an associate producer; received Academy Award nomination

1978

Collaborated with Max Shulman on the comedy "House Calls"

1977

Wrote screenplay (with Herbert Asmondi) for Sam Peckinpaugh's only war movie, "Cross of Iron", adapting Willi Heinrich's book "Das Geduldige Fleisch"

1972

Picked up third Academy Award nomination for adapted screenplay for "Pete 'n' Tillie"

1966

Wrote screenplay for Robert Ellis Miller's feature directing debut, "Any Wednesday"; last film for six years

1960

First collaboration with Joshua Logan, "Tall Story"

1958

Adapted Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" for movie directed by Brooks; last writing collaboration with brother

1954

First screen collaboration with Richard Brooks, co-adapted "The Last Time I Saw Paris" with brother Philip

1954

Co-wrote (with brother) book for "Saturday Night", a musical with a score by Stephen Sondheim; project abandoned when producer Lemuel Ayres died; produced in England in 1998

1948

Seventh and last film with Curtiz, "Romance on the High Seas"

1943

Returned to Broadway with "Chicken Every Sunday"

1943

First producing credit, Vincent Sherman's "Mr. Skeffington"; also wrote screenplay with brother

1942

Won Oscar for screenplay (written with brother and Howard Koch) for Curtiz's "Casablanca"

1941

Scripted (with brother and two others) Curtiz's "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

1939

Began collaboration with brother Philip G Epstein on Curtiz's "Daughters Courageous"

1938

Received first Oscar nomination for script to Curtiz's "Four Daughters"

1936

Broadway playwriting debut, "And Stars Remain", featuring Clifton Webb

1935

First film with director Michael Curtiz, "Little Big Shot"

1934

Wrote first screenplay, "Living on Velvet"

1933

Moved to Los Angeles when hired by producer Jerry Wald as a ghostwriter

Began career at Billboard magazine; later became a radio publicist

Bonus Trivia

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In 1963, when his two-story home in Bel Air was partially destroyed in a fire, Epstein reportedly quipped, "Well, we always wanted a one-story house."

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