Jane Murfin


Playwright, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Quincy, Michigan, USA
Died
August 10, 1955

Biography

Successful playwright, some of whose stage writing was adapted to the screen (e.g., "Smilin' Through" in 1922, 1932 and 1941). Murfin worked consistently in Hollywood from the late teens. She scripted a number of "women's pictures" for John Cromwell at RKO in the early 1930s--the stand-out being "Spitfire" (1934)--and collaborated more prestigiously on several George Cukor films, most no...

Family & Companions

Donald Crisp
Husband
Actor, director. Married in 1932; divorced in 1944.

Biography

Successful playwright, some of whose stage writing was adapted to the screen (e.g., "Smilin' Through" in 1922, 1932 and 1941). Murfin worked consistently in Hollywood from the late teens. She scripted a number of "women's pictures" for John Cromwell at RKO in the early 1930s--the stand-out being "Spitfire" (1934)--and collaborated more prestigiously on several George Cukor films, most notably "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "The Women" (1939). Married to actor-director Donald Crisp from 1932 to 1944.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Flapper Wives (1924)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

The Women (2008)
Source Material
Dragon Seed (1944)
Screenwriter
Cry 'Havoc' (1944)
Contract Writer
Flight for Freedom (1943)
Adaptation
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
Screenwriter
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Screenwriter
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Contract Writer
Stand Up and Fight (1939)
Screenwriter
The Women (1939)
Screenwriter
The Shining Hour (1938)
Screenwriter
That Girl from Paris (1937)
Story
I'll Take Romance (1937)
Screenwriter
Come and Get It (1936)
Scen
Romance in Manhattan (1935)
Screenwriter
Roberta (1935)
Screenwriter
Break of Hearts (1935)
Cont
Alice Adams (1935)
Screenwriter
This Man Is Mine (1934)
Screenwriter
The Fountain (1934)
Adaptation
Crime Doctor (1934)
Screenwriter
Spitfire (1934)
Screenwriter
The Little Minister (1934)
Screenwriter
The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
Screenwriter
Double Harness (1933)
Screenwriter
The Silver Cord (1933)
Screenwriter
Our Betters (1933)
Screenwriter
Ann Vickers (1933)
Screenwriter
After Tonight (1933)
Screenwriter
After Tonight (1933)
Story
Little Women (1933)
Contract Writer
Rockabye (1932)
Screenwriter
What Price Hollywood? (1932)
Screenwriter
Young Bride (1932)
Additional Dialogue
Too Many Cooks (1931)
Screenwriter
Way Back Home (1931)
Story and Screenplay
Friends and Lovers (1931)
Adaptation
The Runaway Bride (1930)
Adaptation
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1930)
Adaptation
The Pay Off (1930)
Adaptation
Lawful Larceny (1930)
Screenwriter
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1930)
Cont
Leathernecking (1930)
Cont
The Runaway Bride (1930)
Dial
The Pay Off (1930)
Dial
Half Marriage (1929)
Scen
Street Girl (1929)
Adaptation
Dance Hall (1929)
Scen
Half Marriage (1929)
Dial
Street Girl (1929)
Dial
Dance Hall (1929)
Dial
The Notorious Lady (1927)
Adaptation
The Prince of Headwaiters (1927)
Adaptation
Meet the Prince (1926)
Adaptation
The Savage (1926)
Scen
White Fang (1925)
Scen
White Fang (1925)
Adaptation
A Slave of Fashion (1925)
Scen
The Love Master (1924)
Story
Flapper Wives (1924)
Story
Brawn of the North (1922)
Story
The Silent Call (1921)
Adaptation
The Amateur Wife (1920)
Scen
Marie, Ltd. (1919)
Scen
The Right to Lie (1919)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

The Love Master (1924)
Presented By
Brawn of the North (1922)
Presented By

Cast (Short)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Herself

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Silver Cord, The (1933) - Let Me Look At You Now Snapping forward as German-born Christina scientist (Irene Dunne) and her architect husband (Joel McCrea) arrive from Heidelberg at his family country home, meeting his brother’s fianceè (Frances Dee) then Robert (Eric Linden), and Laura Hope Crews their mother, in her celebrated Broadway role, in The Silver Cord, 1933.
Silver Cord, The (1933) - Have You Had Many Frances Dee as Hester and Eric Linden as younger-brother and fiancè Robert have stepped forward in the family drama, she having nearly offended his well-heeled mother, causing a more forthright discussion than she expected, in director John Cromwell’s The Silver Cord, 1933, from Jane Murfin’s script based on Sidney Howard’s hit play.
Ann Vickers (1933) - I Once Bit A Policeman Popular Settlement House worker Irene Dunne (title character) meets Captain Resnick (Bruce Cabot), about to ship off to war in Europe, John Cromwell directing, from the first novel published by Sinclair Lewis after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, in Ann Vickers, 1933.
Ann Vickers (1933) - Muck And Slime Of Life Following what in the original Sinclair Lewis novel is openly called an abortion, social worker Irene Dunne (title character) is more vague as she convalesces and reflects with doctor and friend Malvina (Edna May Oliver), in Ann Vickers, 1933, directed by John Cromwell.
Ann Vickers (1933) - You Look Reasonably Disillusioned A good four reels into the film, Irene Dunne (title character), now a famous author and social scientist, finally meets Walter Huston, her fellow above-the-title star, a leading judge who recently blurbed her book, in Ann Vickers, 1933, from the Sinclair Lewis novel.
Rockabye (1932) - Practically Engaged After the opening with racy headlines, showgirl Judy (Constance Bennett) on the stand, grilled by the D-A (Charles Middleton), denies any crooked doings with accused politician Howard (Walter Pidgeon), who appreciates, in Rockabye, 1932, directed in part by George Cukor.
What Price Hollywood? (1932) - Goodbye My Love Opening scenes from director George Cukor and producer David O. Selznick, their early portrait of the movie business, with Constance Bennett, and disembodied cameos from Clark Gable and Greta Garbo, in What Price Hollywood?, 1932.
What Price Hollywood? (1932) - Beef, Iron And Wine Lowell Sherman (actor turned director, here playing dissolute director "Max Carey") outside the Brown Derby, escorting waitress Mary (Constance Bennett) to his premiere, in George Cukor's What Price Hollywood?, 1932.
What Price Hollywood? (1932) - You Haven't Proposed On the MGM lot, pretty waitress Mary (Constance Bennett) arrives to shoot her bit part for her new customer pal, director Max Carey (Lowell Sherman), in George Cukor's What Price Hollywood?, 1932.
Romance In Manhattan (1935) - Let's See Your Money Sweeping introduction to New York for hunky Francis Lederer, Prague-born, already an international stage and screen star, in one of his first Hollywood roles as Czech immigrant Karel Novak, running into trouble with Immigration, opening Romance In Manhattan, 1934, also starring Ginger Rogers.
Romance In Manhattan (1935) - Fancies Himself A Clark Gable Well-intentioned Czech immigrant Karel (Prague-born Francis Lederer) hasn’t shared every detail about his arrival in New York with showgirl Sylvia (Ginger Rogers), who’s letting him stay at the apartment she shares with her brother (Jimmy Butler), dining out on her paycheck, in Romance In Manhattan, 1934.
Romance In Manhattan (1935) - Diet Or Necessity? Having dived out of the steamer shipping him back to Prague from New York because he was misinformed about immigration fees, Karel (Czech-born Francis Lederer) is running out of luck until he meets showgirl Syivia (Ginger Rogers), her first scene, in RKO’s Romance In Manhattan, 1934.

Trailer

Companions

Donald Crisp
Husband
Actor, director. Married in 1932; divorced in 1944.

Bibliography