Bess Meredyth


Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Helen Macglashin, Bess Meredith
Birth Place
Buffalo, New York, USA
Died
July 13, 1969

Biography

During her Hollywood career, Bess Meredyth wrote a variety of screenplays. Meredyth began her writing career for film with such titles as the historical feature "Ben Hur, A Tale of the Christ" (1925) with Ramon Novarro, "Don Juan" (1926) with John Barrymore and the John Barrymore adventure "The Sea Beast" (1926). She also appeared in the Greta Garbo spy thriller "The Mysterious Lady" ...

Family & Companions

Wilford Lucas
Husband
Michael Curtiz
Husband
Married from 1928 until his death.

Biography

During her Hollywood career, Bess Meredyth wrote a variety of screenplays. Meredyth began her writing career for film with such titles as the historical feature "Ben Hur, A Tale of the Christ" (1925) with Ramon Novarro, "Don Juan" (1926) with John Barrymore and the John Barrymore adventure "The Sea Beast" (1926). She also appeared in the Greta Garbo spy thriller "The Mysterious Lady" (1928). She was nominated for an Academy Award for "A Woman of Affairs" in 1928. Toward the end of her career, Meredyth wrote "The Affairs of Cellini" (1934), the Maurice Chevalier adaptation "Folies Bergere" (1935) and the drama "Metropolitan" (1935) with Lawrence Tibbett. She also appeared in the mystery "Charlie Chan at the Opera" (1936) with Warner Oland and "That Night in Rio" (1941) with Alice Faye. Meredyth more recently worked on the thrilling mystery "The Unsuspected" (1947) with Claude Rains. Meredyth was married to Michael Curtiz and had one child. Meredyth passed away in July 1969 at the age of 79.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Morgan's Raiders (1918)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

The Unsuspected (1947)
Adaptation
That Night in Rio (1941)
Screenwriter
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Adaptation
Susannah of the Mounties (1939)
Contract Writer
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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The Great Hospital Mystery (1937)
Screenwriter
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1937)
Story
Half Angel (1936)
Screenwriter
Under Two Flags (1936)
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Metropolitan (1935)
Screenwriter
Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)
Screenwriter
Metropolitan (1935)
Story
L'homme des Folies Bergère (1935)
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The Affairs of Cellini (1934)
Screenwriter
The Mighty Barnum (1934)
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Looking Forward (1933)
Screenwriter
Strange Interlude (1932)
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Cheri-Bibi (1931)
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The Prodigal (1931)
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Laughing Sinners (1931)
Cont
The Phantom of Paris (1931)
Cont
West of Broadway (1931)
Story
The Cuban Love Song (1931)
Screenwriter
Romance (1930)
Cont
In Gay Madrid (1930)
Cont
Our Blushing Brides (1930)
Story
The Sea Bat (1930)
Screenwriter
Chasing Rainbows (1930)
Story
Our Blushing Brides (1930)
Cont
Our Blushing Brides (1930)
Dial
The Sea Bat (1930)
Dial
In Gay Madrid (1930)
Dial
Chasing Rainbows (1930)
Cont
Romance (1930)
Dial
Wonder of Women (1929)
Cont
Wonder of Women (1929)
Dial
The Mysterious Lady (1928)
Adaptation
Sailors' Wives (1928)
Adaptation
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1928)
Scen
A Woman of Affairs (1928)
Cont
The Scarlet Lady (1928)
Story
Sailors' Wives (1928)
Cont
The Mysterious Lady (1928)
Cont
The Yellow Lily (1928)
Cont
Irish Hearts (1927)
Screenwriter
Don Juan (1927)
Screenwriter
Rose of the Golden West (1927)
Scen and Adapted
The Magic Flame (1927)
Adaptation
When a Man Loves (1927)
Adaptation
The Sea Beast (1926)
Adaptation
The Love Hour (1925)
Scen
A Slave of Fashion (1925)
Scen
The Wife Who Wasn't Wanted (1925)
Scen
The Love Hour (1925)
Adaptation
Ben-Hur (1925)
Cont
The Red Lily (1924)
Scen
Thy Name Is Woman (1924)
Adaptation
Thy Name Is Woman (1924)
Cont
Strangers of the Night (1923)
Scen
The Dangerous Age (1923)
Scen
Grand Larceny (1922)
Scen
The Woman He Married (1922)
Scen
The Song of Life (1922)
Scen
Rose o' the Sea (1922)
Scen
One Clear Call (1922)
Scen
The Grim Comedian (1921)
Scen
The Shadow of Lightning Ridge (1921)
Story
The Fighting Breed (1921)
Author
The Girl from Nowhere (1919)
Story
The Big Little Person (1919)
Scen
The Grain of Dust (1918)
Adaptation
The Man Who Wouldn't Tell (1918)
Scen
The Red, Red Heart (1918)
Adaptation
Morgan's Raiders (1918)
Scen
That Devil, Bateese (1918)
Story
The Romance of Tarzan (1918)
Scen
Pay Me (1917)
Scen
Bringing Home Father (1917)
Scen
The Little Orphan (1917)
Scen
The Midnight Man (1917)
Story
Scandal (1917)
Scen
The Twin Triangle (1916)
Scen
Spellbound (1916)
Scen
Timothy Dobbs, That's Me (1916)
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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939) - You Got A Fine Woman First night in the frontier cabin, Lana (Claudette Colbert) comes unglued when Blue Back (Chief Big Tree) appears, Gil (Henry Fonda) trying to recover, in John Ford's Technicolor Revolutionary War drama Drums Along The Mohawk, 1939.
Phantom Of Paris, The (1931) - It's A Mischievous God Observing popular magician Cheri-Bibi (John Gilbert) and his hostess, socialite Cecile (Leila Hyams), with a dazzled guest (Tyrell Davis) are Ian Keith as her fiancè Touchais, whom her father has just disinherited, and Natalie Moorhead as Vera, who appears to be only a vile hanger-on, early in The Phantom Of Paris, 1931.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Chica Chica Boom Chic Opening with an original song, by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, for Carmen Miranda and then Don Ameche, whom we will learn are "Carmen" and American Larry, performers in a Rio night club, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941, also starring Alice Faye.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Cai Cai Straight up number for Carmen Miranda, who plays an entertainer named Carmen, performing at a Brazilian society party, co-stars Don Ameche and Alice Faye in her audience, original song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Are You Quite Yourself Now? Brazilians Penna and Salles (S.Z. Sakall, Curt Bois) can't let Baroness Cecilia (Alice Faye) tell American Larry (Don Ameche) that she knows they've hired him to impersonate her husband, their boss, the less charming Baron Manuel, for business reasons, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
Our Blushing Brides (1930) - Morbid Sense Of Virtue Harry Beaumont directs Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery, both age 25, as Jerry, department store model, and Tony, the married older brother of the friend who snagged her a great apartment, testing the boundaries in the third of MGM’s “Jazz Age” romances, but the first talkie, all starring Crawford, Our Blushing Brides, 1930, dialogue by Bess Meredyth.
Our Blushing Brides (1930) - Good For The Hips Loads of activity in the opening scene, beginning the work day, introducing Jerry (Joan Crawford), Connie (Anita Page) and Franky (Dorothy Sebastian) at the department store, in MGM's Our Blushing Brides, 1930.
Mark Of Zorro, The (1940) - I Toy With A Sword Just introduced Captain Pasquale (Basil Rathbone) receives Don Diego (Tyrone Power, also the title character), just back to California from Spain, and not tipping his hand, as he meets the new governor and his wife (J. Edward Bromberg, Gale Sondergaard), in The Mark Of Zorro, 1940.
Mark Of Zorro, The (1940) - To California In a stylish prologue actually not derived from the original story by Johnston McCulley, Tyrone Power as the title character, Ralph Byrd his fellow cadet, in director Rouben Mamoulian's hit The Mark Of Zorro, 1940, co-starring Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone.
Mark Of Zorro, The (1940) - I Take Only Your Money We know only that California nobleman Don Diego (Tyrone Power) is alarmed at the corruption he has found on his return from Spain, when this masked rider appears, then robs the crooked governor and his wife (J. Edward Bromberg, Gale Sondergaard), in Rouben Mamoulian's The Mark Of Zorro, 1940.
Mark Of Zorro, The (1940) - Because I'm Good Looking Texas-born teenager Linda Darnell as "Lolita," comfortable enough in old California, meeting her co-star in their third and biggest consecutive 20th Century Fox hit, Tyrone Power as Diego, also the title character, masquerading as a priest, in The Mark Of Zorro, 1940.
Unsuspected, The (1947) - Attractive Young Secretary The opening, in which Claude Rains, as radio star Grandison, might be the guy upside-down in the reflection, as we briefly meet his secretary (Barbara Woodell), his niece (Audrey Totter) and his over-dressed producer (Constance Bennett), Michael Curtiz directing in high Noir style, in The Unsuspected, 1947.

Family

John Meredyth Lucas
Son
Screenwriter.

Companions

Wilford Lucas
Husband
Michael Curtiz
Husband
Married from 1928 until his death.

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