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Also Known As: Died: January 28, 1993
Born: August 15, 1897 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Profession: screenwriter, novelist, playwright

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Novelist turned occasional screenwriter from the 1930s on. Kandel had enjoyed some success with his novels "Vaudeville" (1927), "Black Sun" (1929) and "City for Conquest" (1936, the source for the fine 1940 James Cagney film) before penning such enjoyable cinematic corn as "Thunder in the City" (1937), "Rio" (1939) and "What's Buzzin' Cousin?" (1943). Kandel ventured into more sober territory with the biographical tribute to football coach Frank Cavanaugh in "The Iron Major" (1943) and as co-author (with Robert Rossen) of the potent screenplay adaptation of "They Won't Forget" (1937), Mervyn LeRoy's blazing indictment of lynching and mob violence. He later displayed a predilection for horror in collaboration with schlockmeister producer Herman Cohen with "Horrors of the Black Museum" (1959), "Black Zoo" (1963) and two of Joan Crawford's last films, "Berserk!" (1967) and "Trog" (1970).

Novelist turned occasional screenwriter from the 1930s on. Kandel had enjoyed some success with his novels "Vaudeville" (1927), "Black Sun" (1929) and "City for Conquest" (1936, the source for the fine 1940 James Cagney film) before penning such enjoyable cinematic corn as "Thunder in the City" (1937), "Rio" (1939) and "What's Buzzin' Cousin?" (1943). Kandel ventured into more sober territory with the biographical tribute to football coach Frank Cavanaugh in "The Iron Major" (1943) and as co-author (with Robert Rossen) of the potent screenplay adaptation of "They Won't Forget" (1937), Mervyn LeRoy's blazing indictment of lynching and mob violence. He later displayed a predilection for horror in collaboration with schlockmeister producer Herman Cohen with "Horrors of the Black Museum" (1959), "Black Zoo" (1963) and two of Joan Crawford's last films, "Berserk!" (1967) and "Trog" (1970).

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1933:
Worked on the adaptation of "Dinner at Eight" from stage to screen
1935:
First screenplay credits, "Manhattan Moon" and "She Gets Her Man" (based on his own story)
1959:
First collaboration with producer Herman Cohen, "Horrors of the Black Museum"
1973:
Last major screen credit, writing the screenplay for the horror film "Craze"
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son:
Stephen Kandel. Survived him.
daughter:
Lenore Kandel. Survived him.

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"Vaudeville"
"Black Sun"
"Hot Money"
"City for Conquest"
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