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Also Known As: Sam Marx Died: March 2, 1992
Born: January 26, 1902 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter, author, story editor, trade journalist, assistant director

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Marx moved from newspaper and trade journalism in New York to Hollywood in its 1930s heyday where, as story editor for MGM, he oversaw a stable of literary talents that included William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Dorothy Parker and Moss Hart. Marx was involved in the acquisition of such classic film properties as "Grand Hotel" (1932), "The Thin Man" (1934), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), as well as writing several original screenplays including "A Night at the Opera" and "Only Eight Hours/Society Doctor" (both 1935).After the death of Irving Thalberg in 1936, Marx shifted his focus to producing and was responsible for such MGM films as "The Longest Night" (1936); the first Andy Hardy film, "A Family Affair" (1937); and "Lassie Come Home" (1943). In the 1950s he began working in TV, serving as executive producer on several Desilu productions including "December Bride" as well as producing "General Electric Hour" and "Broken Arrow". In the 70s Marx became a full-time chronicler of Hollywood with his insider profiles of the industry: "Mayer and Thalberg: The Make-Believe Saints" (1975); "Rodgers and Hart: Bewitched, Bothered and...

Marx moved from newspaper and trade journalism in New York to Hollywood in its 1930s heyday where, as story editor for MGM, he oversaw a stable of literary talents that included William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Dorothy Parker and Moss Hart. Marx was involved in the acquisition of such classic film properties as "Grand Hotel" (1932), "The Thin Man" (1934), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939), as well as writing several original screenplays including "A Night at the Opera" and "Only Eight Hours/Society Doctor" (both 1935).

After the death of Irving Thalberg in 1936, Marx shifted his focus to producing and was responsible for such MGM films as "The Longest Night" (1936); the first Andy Hardy film, "A Family Affair" (1937); and "Lassie Come Home" (1943). In the 1950s he began working in TV, serving as executive producer on several Desilu productions including "December Bride" as well as producing "General Electric Hour" and "Broken Arrow".

In the 70s Marx became a full-time chronicler of Hollywood with his insider profiles of the industry: "Mayer and Thalberg: The Make-Believe Saints" (1975); "Rodgers and Hart: Bewitched, Bothered and Bedeviled" (1977, with Jan Clayton); "A Gaudy Spree: The Literary Life of Hollywood in the 1930s" (1987); and "Deadly Illusions: Jean Harlow and the Murder of Paul Bern" (1990). Marx frequently assisted researchers of the golden age of Hollywood, appearing in the 1979 Kevin Brownlow-David Gill "Hollywood" series as well as the TNT special series "MGM: When the Lion Roars", broadcast the month of his death in 1992.

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 Monkey Business (1931)
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Grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side
1921:
Found a job in Universal Pictures's export department in New York; became friends with Irving Thalberg, secretary to company boss Carl Laemmle
1923:
First film as assistant director (to Jack Conway) "Quicksand"
1923:
Joined the short-lived trade paper "Zit's"
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Worked as freelance journalist on several New York newspapers and magazines before becoming the managing editor and complete writing staff of the Broadway weekly, "New York Amusements" (date approximate)
1930:
Chance meeting with Irving Thalberg (now head of production at MGM) resulted in Marx's moving to Hollywood to become story editor for MGM where he supervised a group of writers that included William Faulkner, F Scott Fitzgerald and Moss Hart
1934:
First story made into film, "Student Tour"
1935:
First screenplay credit, "A Night at the Opera"
1936:
First credit as producer, "The Longest Night"
1937:
Left MGM for a year when the B-picture unit he headed was dissolved; joined Samuel Goldwyn (date approximate)
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Became story editor for Harry Cohn at Columbia
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Produced 13 films for MGM including "Lassie Come Home" (1943)
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Served as executive producer on Desilu series, "December Bride" and "Those Whiting Girls" (1955) during the early 1950s
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Produced several TV series, including four "General Electric Hours" shows, "Broken Arrow" (1956) and "Northwest Passage" during the 1950s
1957:
Hired by MGM as its first executive producer of TV on "The Thin Man" and "Northwest Passage"
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Began fulltime writing career during the 1970s
1992:
Served as consultant on TNT cable documentary, "M-G-M" When the Lions Roars", broadcast in March
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Education

Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University: New York , New York -

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wife:
Marie Josephine Simard. Ziegfeld dancer. Married c. 1930, died 1974.
wife:
Sara Greene. Married c. 1991 until Marx's death in 1992; second wife.

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father:
Max Marx. Broadway theatrical tailor.
son:
Richard Marx. ADR editor. Works for Sony Pictures.
son:
Kenneth Marx. Nonfiction writer.

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"Broadway Portraits"
"Mayer and Thalberg: The Make-Believe Saints"
"Rodgers and Hart: Bewitched, Bothered and Bedeviled"
"Queen of the Ritz"
"A Gaudy Spree: The Literary Life of Hollywood in the 1930s"
"Deadly Illusions: Jean Harlow and the Murder of Paul Bern"
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