Maxwell Anderson

Playwright, Screenwriter, Librettist
A noted playwright who occasionally wrote directly for the screen, Maxwell Anderson also wrote original film scripts. His credits include the adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930 ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1888 in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (25)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

from motion picture screenplay (From Story)

Anne of the Thousand Days 1969 (Movie)

("Anne of the Thousand Days") (Play as Source Material)

Never Steal Anything Small 1959 (Movie)

("Devil's Hornpipe") (Play as Source Material)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Writer

The Bad Seed 1956 (Movie)

("The Bad Seed") (Play as Source Material)

The Wrong Man 1956 (Movie)

("The True Story of Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero") (From Story)

The Wrong Man 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Christmas Carol 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Writer

Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

("Joan of Lorraine") (Play as Source Material)

Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Key Largo 1948 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex 1938 (Movie)

("Elizabeth the Queen") (Play as Source Material)

Mary of Scotland 1935 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Winterset 1935 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Death Takes a Holiday 1933 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Knickerbocker Holiday (Movie)

(Play Author)

Maybe It's Love (Movie)

(Play Author)

Saturday's Children (Movie)

(Play Author)

The Bad Seed (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

The Cock-Eyed World (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Washington Merry-Go-Round (Movie)

(Screen Story)

We Live Again (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

What Price Glory? (Movie)

(Play Author)

What Price Glory? (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Music (9)

The House I Live In 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

lyrics("September Song") (Theme Lyrics)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

("September Song") (Song)

Lost in the Stars 1973 (Movie)

from musical play("Lost in the Stars") (Music)

Midnight Lace 1960 (Movie)

("What Does A Woman Do?") (Song)

Never Steal Anything Small 1959 (Movie)

lyrics("Never Steal Anything Small" "I Haven't Got a Thing to Wear" "It Takes Love to Build a Home" "Helping Our Friends" "I'm Sorry--I Want a Ferrari") (Theme Lyrics)

My House in Umbria (TV Show)

Song

Pink Lightning (TV Show)

Song
Production Management (1)

Knickerbocker Holiday (Movie)

(From Musical by)
Actor (1)

American Lifestyles 1986 (Movie)

("On Stage" - "Show Business: The Postwar Years") (Actor)

Biography

A noted playwright who occasionally wrote directly for the screen, Maxwell Anderson also wrote original film scripts. His credits include the adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930, with Del Andrews and George Abbott) and Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" (1956); of his numerous plays adapted for the screen by others, "What Price Glory?" (1926; written with Laurence Stallings), Michael Curtiz's "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939) and John Huston's "Key Largo" (1948) stand out.

Relationships

Lawrence Craig Hazard

Step-Son

Laruel Hazard

Step-Daughter

William Anderson

Father
born 1863 died 1936

Charlotte Anderson

Mother
born 1867 died 1934

Hesper Anderson

Daughter
born 1934 mother Mab Maynard wrote screen adaptation of "Children of a Lesser God" married to Earle Levenstein in 1955 had three children

Alan Anderson

Son
born 1917 mother Margaret Haskett

Quentin Anderson

Son
born 1912 mother Margaret Haskett

Terrence Anderson

Son
born 1921 mother Margaret Haskett

Harold Anderson

Brother
born 1895

John Anderson

Brother
twin of Dorothy born 1902

Lawrence Anderson

Brother
born 1913

Dorothy Anderson

Sister
twin of John Kenneth born 1902 died 1962

Ethel Anderson

Sister
born 1887 died 1980

Lela Anderson

Sister
born 1891

Ruth Anderson

Sister
born 1898 died 1972

Josephine Fitzpatrick

Step-Mother
married Anderson's father in 1934

Margaret Haskett

Wife
born 1896 Married 1911 until her death from a stroke in 1931

Gilda Hazard

Wife
born 1913 Married 1954 until Anderson's death in 1959

Mab Maynard

Companion
began a relationship with Anderson in the late 1920s divorced her first husband in 1933 reportedly married Anderson in 1934 although no record of marriage has ever been found born 1904 died 1953

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks , North Dakota 1911
played football

Milestones

1959

Reportedly did uncredited work on the screenplay for the Oscar-winning "Ben-Hur"

1954

Enjoyed stage success with "The Bad Seed"; play filmed in 1956

1946

Penned "Joan of Lorraine"

1939

Wrote the stage play "Key Largo"

1938

Co-founded The Playwright's Company which produced many of his subsequent plays

1936

Enjoyed stage success with "High Tor"

1935

Penned the award-winning "Winterset"

1934

Co-wrote the film adaptation of "Death Takes a Holiday"

1933

Received Pulitzer Prize for his verse drama "Both Your Houses"

1932

Adapted "Rain" for the movies

1930

Contributed dialogue to the award-winning anti-war film "All Quiet on the Western Front"

1926

His play "What Price Glory?" (written with Laurence Stallings) was filmed

1923

Wrote first play, "The White Desert"

1911

Worked as a high school English teacher and did editorial work for San Francisco newspapers

Became a newspaper journalist in New York; wrote for the New York World

Wrote librettos for Kurt Weill musicals: "Knickerbocker Holiday" (1938) and "Lost in the Stars" (1949)

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