Samuel Marx


Producer, Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Sam Marx
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
January 26, 1902
Died
March 02, 1992
Cause of Death
Congestive Heart Failure

Biography

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" (193...

Family & Companions

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

Bibliography

"Deadly Illusions: Jean Harlow and the Murder of Paul Bern"
Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen (1990)
"A Gaudy Spree: The Literary Life of Hollywood in the 1930s"
Samuel Marx (1987)
"Queen of the Ritz"
Samuel Marx (1978)
"Rodgers and Hart: Bewitched, Bothered and Bedeviled"
Samuel Marx and Jan Clayton (1977)

Biography

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.

Life Events

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"

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)

1957

Hired by MGM as its first executive producer of TV on "The Thin Man" and "Northwest Passage"

1992

Served as consultant on TNT cable documentary, "M-G-M" When the Lions Roars", broadcast in March

Videos

Movie Clip

Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - Atom Bomb Special A wholly fictional prologue, as the ceremony covered in this fake newsreel never took place, and all the identified historical figures are portrayed by actors (Brian Donlevy, Hume Cronyn prominent), in MGM’s government-approved story of the atom bomb, The Beginning Or The End, 1947.
Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - Just Another Bomb Jonathan Hale resembles Vannevar Bush, whom he plays, consulting FDR (Godfrey Tearle) about the need for atomic research, whose call across the pond causes fictional Brits Chisolm (Richard Haydn) and Wyatt (Hurd Hatfield) to proceed to Chicago, in The Beginning Or The End, 1947.
Lassie Come Home (1943) - I Only Want Lassie Young Yorkshireman Joe (Roddy McDowall) had no warning whatever that his cash-strapped parents (Donald Crisp, Elsa Lanchester) had plans to sell the collie, rushing home after school for a difficult explanation, early in the MGM hit that launched the popular series, Lassie Come Home, 1943.
Lassie Come Home (1943) - Bid Her Stay Father and Joe (Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall) return the star to the duke (Nigel Bruce) after a second escape, the trainer (J. Patrick O’Malley) scolded before Priscilla (Elizabeth Taylor) offers reassurance, in her first on-screen meeting with her lifelong friend (McDowall), in Lassie Come Home, 1943.
Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - We Can Change The World Joining narration by Hume Cronyn in the voice of J. Robert Oppenheimer, introducing Tom Drake as fictional student Matt, with Joseph Calleia and Victor Francen as scientists Fermi and Marre, for a big moment at Columbia’s Pupin Hall, in the A-Bomb docudrama The Beginning Or The End, 1947.
Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - Flash Gordon's Latest We’ve just met Robert Walker as U.S. Army liaison Col. Nixon, arrived at Stagg Field where the real “Chicago Pile-1” reactor was developed, getting a detailed briefing from Tom Drake as scientist Cochran, in the dramatization of the Manhattan Project, The Beginning Or The End, 1947.

Trailer

Unholy Partners - (Original Trailer) The editor of a tabloid (Edward G. Robinson) takes money from a gangster in Unholy Partners (1941).
Beginning or the End, The - (Original Trailer) Two years after the events, MGM recounts how the United States developed and dropped the atomic bomb in The Beginning or the End (1947).
Assignment - Paris - (Original Trailer) Dana Andrews is a foreign correspondent searching for leads in Communist Hungary in Assignment - Paris (1952).
Son Of Lassie - (Original Trailer) Peter Lawford and his dog are trapped behind enemy lines in World War II in the sequel to Lassie Come Home (1943).
Lassie Come Home - (Original Trailer) A faithful collie undertakes an arduous journey to return to his lost family in Lassie Come Home (1943) starring Roddy McDowall.
Keeping Company - (Original Trailer) The engagement of a young man (John Shelton) is jeopardized by the return of an old girlfriend (Virginia Grey).
This Man's Navy - (Original Trailer) The director of Wings (1927), William Wellman, turns his attention to dirigibles in This Man's Navy (1945) starring Wallace Beery.
Family Affair, A - (Original Trailer) In the first Hardy Family film, A Family Affair (1936), a small-town judge fights for re-election while dealing with family problems.
Lady Without Passport, A - (Original Trailer) A secret service agent falls in love with an illegal immigrant in A Lady Without Passport (1950) starring Hedy Lamarr.
Northwest Rangers - (Original Trailer) A Mountie (William Lundigan) tracks a childhood friend gone bad in Northwest Rangers (1943).
My Brother Talks To Horses - (Original Trailer) A small boy's secret gifts help him pick racetrack winners in the family comedy My Brother Talks To Horses (1946).
Sinner Take All - (Original Trailer) Even MGM's B-movie mysteries have more production values than most studio's A's as seen in Sinner Take All (1936) as an aristocratic family is steadliy knocked off.

Family

Max Marx
Father
Broadway theatrical tailor.
Richard Marx
Son
ADR editor. Works for Sony Pictures.
Kenneth Marx
Son
Nonfiction writer.

Companions

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

Bibliography

"Deadly Illusions: Jean Harlow and the Murder of Paul Bern"
Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen (1990)
"A Gaudy Spree: The Literary Life of Hollywood in the 1930s"
Samuel Marx (1987)
"Queen of the Ritz"
Samuel Marx (1978)
"Rodgers and Hart: Bewitched, Bothered and Bedeviled"
Samuel Marx and Jan Clayton (1977)
"Mayer and Thalberg: The Make-Believe Saints"
Samuel Marx (1975)
"Broadway Portraits"
Samuel Marx (1929)