Philip G Epstein

Screenwriter
Screenwriter Philip G. Epstein's life was cut short at the age of 42 by cancer, but his cinematic legacy was assured because of one film--"Casablanca". The screenplay for the movie, written with his twin brother ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1909 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (21)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forever Female 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Casablanca 1942 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Came to Dinner 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Strawberry Blonde 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New Faces of 1937 1936 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chicken Every Sunday (Movie)

(Play Author)

Daughters Courageous (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Four Wives (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mummy's Boys (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)

The Bride Walks Out (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Mad Miss Manton (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Male Animal (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (1)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Screenwriter Philip G. Epstein's life was cut short at the age of 42 by cancer, but his cinematic legacy was assured because of one film--"Casablanca". The screenplay for the movie, written with his twin brother, Julius, along with Howard Koch and an uncredited Casey Robinson, has long been heralded as one of the finest Hollywood scripts ever. However, who did what on it has always been a contentious affair. Koch and Robinson have always downplayed the involvement of the Epsteins, claiming that the brothers wrote only the comedy and police bits, while they handled, respectively, the political and romance angles. The Epsteins always maintained their authorship. No matter the real story, the brothers were deservedly honored (along with Koch) with Oscars for their work. Before and after "Casablanca", the New York City-raised Epsteins were experts at turning plays into movies, and they were also successful script doctors. Together, they wrote a number of hit films, including the tearjerkers "Four Wives" and "Mr. Skeffington" and the comedies "The Strawberry Blonde", "No Time for Comedy", "The Man Who Came to Dinner", and "Arsenic and Old Lace". In the late 1940s Jack Warner (head of Warner Bros.) gave their names to the HUAC Committee as possible Communists, much to the shock of the Epsteins' friends, who knew they were anything but. After Philip died shortly after, his brother continued to have a long screenwriting career.

Relationships

Leslie Epstein

Son

Julius Epstein

Brother
twin

Anya Epstein

Granddaughter

Milestones

1939

Began collaboration with brother Julius J. Epstein with "Daughters Courageous"

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