Elliott Nugent


Director
Elliott Nugent

About

Birth Place
Dover, Ohio, USA
Born
September 20, 1898
Died
August 09, 1980

Biography

Playwright and stage performer who entered film with the coming of sound, first turning his hand to directing in 1932. Nugent proved a nimble orchestrator of breezy romances and comedies and enjoyed productive collaborations with such leading comic players as Danny Kaye, Harold Lloyd and Bob Hope. His parallel caareer as a playwright crested with the 1940 production of "The Male Animal,"...

Family & Companions

Norma Lee
Wife
Actor. Died in December 1980.

Bibliography

"Events Leading Up to the Comedy"
Elliot Nugent (1965)
"Of Cheat and Charmer"
Elliot Nugent (1962)

Biography

Playwright and stage performer who entered film with the coming of sound, first turning his hand to directing in 1932. Nugent proved a nimble orchestrator of breezy romances and comedies and enjoyed productive collaborations with such leading comic players as Danny Kaye, Harold Lloyd and Bob Hope. His parallel caareer as a playwright crested with the 1940 production of "The Male Animal," which he co-wrote with college friend James Thurber. Alcohol and mental problems conspired to end his career in the 1950s. Husband of actress Norma Lee and son of playwright John Charles Nugent.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Just for You (1952)
Director
The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)
Director
The Skipper Suprised His Wife (1950)
Director
Father Was a Fullback (1949)
Director
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
Director
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Director
My Girl Tisa (1948)
Director
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Director
Welcome Stranger (1947)
Director
Up in Arms (1944)
Director
The Crystal Ball (1943)
Director
The Male Animal (1942)
Director
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
Director
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Director
Never Say Die (1939)
Director
Give Me a Sailor (1938)
Director
Professor Beware (1938)
Director
It's All Yours (1937)
Director
Wives Never Know (1936)
Director
And So They Were Married (1936)
Director
Love in Bloom (1935)
Director
College Scandal (1935)
Director
Splendor (1935)
Director
Strictly Dynamite (1934)
Director
She Loves Me Not (1934)
Director
Two Alone (1934)
Director
Enter Madame! (1934)
Director
Three Cornered Moon (1933)
Director
Whistling in the Dark (1933)
Director
If I Were Free (1933)
Director
Life Begins (1932)
Co-Director
The Mouthpiece (1932)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

My Girl Tisa (1948)
Man on boat
Welcome Stranger (1947)
Dr. White
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
The Last Flight (1931)
Francis
The Virtuous Husband (1931)
Daniel Curtis
For the Love o' Lil (1930)
Sandy Jenkins
Not So Dumb (1930)
Gordon
Sins of the Children (1930)
Johnnie
The Unholy Three (1930)
Hector
Romance (1930)
Harry
So This Is College (1929)
Eddie
Wise Girls (1929)
Kempy
Headlines (1925)
Roger Hillman

Writer (Feature Film)

Whistling in the Dark (1941)
Contract Writer
Whistling in the Dark (1933)
Screenwriter
Sins of the Children (1930)
Dial
The Unholy Three (1930)
Cont and dial
Wise Girls (1929)
Adaptation
Navy Blues (1929)
Dial
Wise Girls (1929)
Dial

Music (Feature Film)

Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
Composer

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Not So Dumb (1930) - Sin Throughout The Ages Entertaining the big-shot out-of-town investor (William Holden), Dulcy (Marion Davies) turns the floor over to her new supposed screenwriter friend Leach (Franklin Pangborn), dramatizing his next feature, Van Dyke (Donald Ogden Stewart) on piano, Elliott Nugent her worried husband, in Not So Dumb, 1930.
Not So Dumb (1930) - Sunny California Opening with Marion Davies (as nutty Dulcy, the title role in the original George S. Kaufman-Marc Connelly play) and fiancè Gordon (Elliott Nugent) in the rain, awaiting potential investor Forbes (the other actor William Holden, 1862-1932), wife and daughter (Sally Starr, Julia Faye), with King Vidor directing, in Not So Dumb, 1930.
Unholy Three, The (1930) - You're Too Feminine It’s a little incoherent but Lon Chaney as “Professor Echo,” Harry Earles as “Willie” and Ivan Linow as “Hercules” have left the circus and formed a criminal band, now in disguise as they prevail on their ex-cohort Rosie (Lila Lee), who’s working a pet shop employee (co-writer Elliott Nugent), in The Unholy Three, 1930.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Psychology Of Fear Distant cousins Cicily (Nydia Westman) and actor Wally (Bob Hope) securing their ancestor's creepy bayou mansion, after learning that Joyce (Paulette Goddard), visited by the executor Crosby (George Zucco), got all his money, in the horror-comedy The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Sleep With Those Pebbles Distant relatives Joyce (Paulette Goddard) and radio-actor Wally (Bob Hope), at the spooky bayou mansion where everyone has just learned that she's the sole heir of the owner, are on the trail of jewels said to be stashed on the premises, in The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Unholy Three, The (1930) - Professor Echo His first spoken lines in Lon Chaney’s first and only talking picture, as Professor Echo at the carnival, practicing ventriloquism he learned for the picture, Richard Carle the barker, Lila Lee his partner in crime, Ivan Linow the strongman, in MGM’s five-years-later remake, The Unholy Three, 1930.
Cat And Canary, The (1939) - Psychology Of Fear Actor Wally (Bob Hope) and Cicily (Nydia Westman) are among the distant cousins securing their ancestor's spooky bayou mansion, after learning that Joyce (Paulette Goddard), visited by executor Crosby (George Zucco) was his sole heir, in the horror spoof The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - There Are Spirits All Around You Bob Hope as Wally joins fellow potential heirs at the spooky Louisiana mansion, George Zucco the lawyer, Gale Sondergaard the housekeeper, with Elizabeth Patterson, Nydia Westman, Douglass Montgomery and John Beal, then Paulette Goddard's entrance, in the horror-comedy The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Cat And The Canary, The (1939) - Is He A Dangerous Maniac? After the reading of their ancestor's will in his bayou home, Bob Hope as Wally, with Nydia Westman, George Zucco the lawyer, John Beal, Elizabeth Patterson, Paulette Goddard who got the money, Douglass Montgomery and John Wray, the guard bringing scary news, in the horror spoof The Cat And The Canary, 1939.
Up In Arms (1944) - This Brave Young Soldier Producer Samuel Goldwyn's opening for his first vehicle for newly-signed star Danny Kaye, which he begins as the hypochondriac elevator operator, haranguing doctors, patients and especially Higginbotham (Charles Arnt) in Up In Arms, 1944, with Dana Andrews, Dinah Shore and Constance Dowling.
Up In Arms (1944) - Theater Lobby Number His buddy Joe (Dana Andrews) and gals (Constance Dowling, Dinah Shore) are spectators for this fairly momentous scene, Danny Kaye's first song in his first feature film, known only as "Theater Lobby Number," by his wife Sylvia Fine, with Max Liebman, before anybody gets drafted, in Samuel Goldwyn's Up In Arms, 1944.
Up In Arms (1944) - Now I Know On leave from their base at a carnival, Danny (Kaye) has arranged for himself and Joe (Dana Andrews) to make a record, on which their nurse/officer dates Mary (Constance Dowling) and especially Virginia (Dinah Shore) excel, with a tune by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, in Samuel Goldwyn's Up In Arms, 1944.

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Family

John Charles Nugent
Father
Playwright, vaudevillian. Born in 1868; died in 1947.
Grace Mary Fertig
Mother
Died in 1930.
Barbara Nugent
Daughter
Died in 1974.

Companions

Norma Lee
Wife
Actor. Died in December 1980.

Bibliography

"Events Leading Up to the Comedy"
Elliot Nugent (1965)
"Of Cheat and Charmer"
Elliot Nugent (1962)