Robert E. Sherwood


Playwright, Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Robert Emmet Sherwood, Robert Sherwood
Birth Place
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Born
April 04, 1896
Died
November 12, 1955
Cause of Death
Complications After A Kidney Operation

Biography

Intelligent, witty film critic and editor of the original LIFE magazine of the 1920s, motion picture editor of the NEW YORK HERALD and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright ("Idiot's Delight," "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" and "There Shall Be No Night") whose plays were frequently adapted for film (such as the thrice-filmed "Waterloo Bridge" and "Petrified Forest"). Sherwood also co-w...

Family & Companions

Mary Brandon
Wife
Married in October 29, 1922; divorced in June 1934.
Madeline Hurlock
Wife
Actor. Second wife; was previously married to playwright Marc Connelly when she met Sherwood on an ocean liner; former Mack Sennett bathing beauty.

Bibliography

"Roosevelt and Hopkins"
Robert E Sherwood

Biography

Intelligent, witty film critic and editor of the original LIFE magazine of the 1920s, motion picture editor of the NEW YORK HERALD and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright ("Idiot's Delight," "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" and "There Shall Be No Night") whose plays were frequently adapted for film (such as the thrice-filmed "Waterloo Bridge" and "Petrified Forest"). Sherwood also co-wrote screenplays for such films as "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1935), "The Divorce of Lady X" (1938), "Rebecca" (1940) and "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) for which he won an Oscar.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

No Time for Sergeants (1958)
Lieutenant
Trail Guide (1952)
Kenny Masters
The Great Caruso (1951)
Cub reporter
Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
Benson
The Magnificent Yankee (1951)
Drake
Grounds for Marriage (1951)
Petie
Little Big Horn (1951)
Pvt. David Mason
Two Dollar Bettor (1951)
Phillip Adams
20,000 Men a Year (1939)
Dispatcher
The Millionaire Baby (1915)

Writer (Feature Film)

The Preacher's Wife (1996)
From Story
Man on a Tightrope (1953)
Screenwriter
Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Story
The Bishop's Wife (1948)
Screenwriter
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Screenwriter
Rebecca (1940)
Screenwriter
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Screenwriter
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Contract Writer
Over the Moon (1940)
Story
Idiot's Delight (1939)
Screenwriter
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
Screenwriter
Thunder in the City (1937)
Screenplay
The Ghost Goes West (1936)
Film play by
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)
Scen, cont & dial
Roman Scandals (1933)
Original Story
Cock of the Air (1932)
Story
Around the World in Eighty Minutes with Douglas Fairbanks (1931)
Dial
The Age for Love (1931)
Dial
The Lucky Lady (1926)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

Adam Had Four Sons (1941)
Producer

Sound (Feature Film)

The Flying Matchmaker (1970)
Sound Engineer
I Spit on Your Grave (1962)
Re-rec for u. s. vers
Black Sunday (1961)
Sound for U.S. version
The Trapp Family (1961)
Sound for U.S. version

Cast (Special)

Dateline (1954)

Writer (Special)

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1964)
Play As Source Material ("Abe Lincoln In Illinois")
The Petrified Forest (1955)
Play As Source Material ("The Petrified Forest")
Reunion in Vienna (1955)
From Comedy
Backbone of America (1953)
Writer
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1945)
Play As Source Material

Special Thanks (Special)

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1964)
Play As Source Material ("Abe Lincoln In Illinois")
The Petrified Forest (1955)
Play As Source Material ("The Petrified Forest")
Reunion in Vienna (1955)
From Comedy
Backbone of America (1953)
Writer
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1945)
Play As Source Material

Life Events

1919

Was dramatic editor, VANITY FAIR

Videos

Movie Clip

Man On A Tightrope (1953) - There'll Be Plenty Of Charges Notable in that director Elia Kazan had recently surrendered names of Communist Party members to congress, and actor Adolphe Menjou was one of Hollywood’s leading anti-Communists, here playing a Czechoslovak propaganda officer, collared by a superior (Philip Kenneally) for going soft on a wayward circus troupe, in Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Man On A Tightrope (1953) - Czechoslovakia, 1952 Opening with noise and some scale, shooting on location in Bavaria, Germany, director Elia Kazan introduces leading man Fredric March as circus boss Cernik, Gloria Grahame his wife, Paul Hartman his aide, Terry Moore his daughter, Cameron Mitchell her friend, in the feature Kazan made after Viva Zapata! but before On The Waterfront, Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Man On A Tightrope (1953) - Show Your Teeth! Ever-interesting work by director Elia Kazan, Gloria Grahame as the maybe-straying circus manager’s wife Zama, determined to flirt with the worried lion tamer (Alex D’Arcy), then another relationship emphasizing idyllic Bavarian locations, with the manager’s daughter Terry Moore and boyfriend Cameron Mitchell, in Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Man On A Tightrope (1953) - This Is Considered Amusing? Summoned by officials of the communist Czechoslovak government, circus manager Cernik (Fredric March) explains to interrogator John Dehner about his staff, and his difficulty in presenting politically skewed skits, with propagandist Adolphe Menjou listening, in Elia Kazan’s Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Best Years Of Our Lives, The (1946) - He's Home! Among the most famous, and probably best scenes Myrna Loy ever played, as Milly, wife of WWII veteran Al Stephenson (Fredric March), surprising her and the kids (Teresa Wright, Michael Hall) with his slightly-early return home, in William Wyler's The Best Years Of Our Lives, 1946.
Best Years Of Our Lives, The (1946) - Wanna See The Freak? Big moment for novice actor Harold Russell, in the role that won him two Academy Awards, as veteran Homer, some weeks into his return home, girlfriend Wilma (Cathy O'Donnell) insisting nothing has changed, Marlene Aames his young sister, in William Wyler's The Best Years Of Our Lives, 1946,
Waterloo Bridge (1931) - This Your First Air Raid? On the titular bridge from the same angle seen in MGM's better-known remake, American working-girl Myra (Mae Clarke) meets a dotty pedlar (Rita Carlisle) then Roy (Kent Douglass), an American serving with the Canadians, during a WWI London Zeppelin raid, in James Whale's Waterloo Bridge, 1931.
Waterloo Bridge (1931) - Nothing Will Come Of It Roy (Kent Douglass) is an American stationed in England during WWI, visiting the country home of his mother (Enid Bennett) and English stepfather (Frederick Kerr) but the scene belongs to his sister, Bette Davis, in her last of three films for Universal, the original Waterloo Bridge, 1931.
Abe Lincoln In Illinois (1940) - Get Them Pigs! Offut (Harlan Briggs) with Abe (Raymond Massey) and pals guiding their boat downriver with pigs, a mishap, and the hero meets Ann Rutledge (Mary Howard), a citizen of New Salem, early in Abe Lincoln In Illinois, 1940, from Robert E. Sherwood's play and screenplay.
Abe Lincoln In Illinois (1940) - Ignorance Is No Obstacle Mourning Abe (Raymond Massey) departs New Salem to begin his legislative career, ending it in the following scene which introduces friendly rival Stephen Douglas (Gene Lockhart), in director John Cromwell's Abe Lincoln In Illinois, 1940, from Robert E. Sherwood's play and screenplay.
Abe Lincoln In Illinois (1940) - New Champion Town bully Jack (Howard da Silva) struts before citizens including Ann Rutledge (Mary Howard), eventually luring new-in-town Abe (Raymond Massey) into fisticuffs, early in Abe Lincoln In Illinois, 1940, from the Robert E. Sherwood play.
Abe Lincoln In Illinois (1940) - Self Made Man At a party hosted by the Edwards (Harvey Stephens, Dorothy Tree), we meet Mary Todd (Ruth Gordon), pursued by Douglas (Gene Lockhart), until Abe (Raymond Massey), with Joshua Speed (Minor Watson), arrives, in Abe Lincoln In Illinois, 1940.

Trailer

Companions

Mary Brandon
Wife
Married in October 29, 1922; divorced in June 1934.
Madeline Hurlock
Wife
Actor. Second wife; was previously married to playwright Marc Connelly when she met Sherwood on an ocean liner; former Mack Sennett bathing beauty.

Bibliography

"Roosevelt and Hopkins"
Robert E Sherwood