Leonard Spigelgass


Playwright, Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Leonard Spiegelgass
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
November 26, 1908
Died
February 15, 1985

Family & Companions

Brandon Toomey
Companion
Actor.

Bibliography

"I Wasn't Born Yesterday"
Leonard Spigelgass
"Million Dollar Baby"
Leonard Spigelgass
"The Scuttle Under The Bonnet"
Leonard Spigelgass
"Fed to the Teeth"
Leonard Spigelgass

Notes

Served three terms as vice president and five terms as treasurer of the Writers Guild of America.

Founder and chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Council (1957-58)

Biography

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

Gypsy (1962)
Screenwriter
A Majority of One (1962)
Screenwriter
Pepe (1961)
Screenplay story
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Writer
Silk Stockings (1957)
Screenwriter
Athena (1954)
Writer
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Screenwriter
Scandal at Scourie (1953)
Screenwriter
Because You're Mine (1952)
Screenwriter
Night into Morning (1951)
Writer
The Law and the Lady (1951)
Screenwriter
Mystery Street (1950)
Story
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Screenwriter
The Accused (1949)
Contract Writer
So Evil My Love (1948)
Screenwriter
The Perfect Marriage (1947)
Screenwriter
They Got Me Covered (1943)
Original Story
The Youngest Profession (1943)
Screenwriter
Butch Minds the Baby (1942)
Screenwriter
All Through the Night (1942)
Screenwriter
All Through the Night (1942)
Story
The Big Street (1942)
Screenwriter
Tight Shoes (1941)
Screenwriter
Million Dollar Baby (1941)
Story
The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
Screenwriter
Private Affairs (1940)
Screenwriter
Unexpected Father (1939)
Original Screenplay
Letter of Introduction (1938)
Screenwriter
Service De Luxe (1938)
Screenwriter
Stingaree (1934)
Adaptation
I'll Fix It (1934)
Story
Hello, Sister! (1933)
Cont and dial
Cheaters at Play (1932)
Contract Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

One Night in the Tropics (1940)
Associate Producer
Princess O'Hara (1935)
Associate Producer

Writer (Special)

The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1976)
Writer

Special Thanks (Special)

The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1976)
Writer

Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)

Cyrano (1974)
Translation

Life Events

1930

Began career in film industry as reader and story editor

1933

Wrote the last film (and only sound picture) to be directed by Erich von Stroheim, "Hello, Sister"

1938

Signed as writer at Universal

Videos

Movie Clip

Gypsy (1962) - Let Me Entertain You Early days, Karl Malden as Herbie (stage name Uncle Jocko) intervenes somewhat to do the right thing for young June (Suzanne Cupito) and Louise (Diane Pace), a Styne/Sondheim tune getting murdered, and Mama Rose (Rosalind Russell) storms in, 1920’s vaudeville, in Gypsy, 1962.
All Through The Night (1942) - Miracle On 48th Street Future TV stars William Demarest, Phil Silvers and Jackie Gleason in the opening scene, when their ringleader Gloves (Humphrey Bogart) appears, sidekick Barney (Frank McHugh) joining, ex-actor Vincent Sherman directing, in Warner Bros' gangster-comedy-propaganda hybrid All Through The Night, 1942.
Pepe (1960) - How Humiliatin'! Cantinflas (title character), seeking his beloved horse, has reached Las Vegas, where director George Sidney lays down another barrage of cameos, this time including Frank Sinatra, Cesar Romero, Jimmy Durante and just the start of Dean Martin's bit (Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. done earlier), in Pepe, 1960.
Stingaree (1934) - I Wasn't Supposed To Meet You Richard Dix (the bandit title character, in colonial Australia) cannily assumes the identity of a visiting English composer, pretty, talented but indentured Hilda (Irene Dunne) having presumed incorrectly, in RKO's Stingaree, 1934, restored by TCM.
Scandal At Scourie (1953) - Best Ones Were Taken First On an Ontario stopover, traveling west with guardian nuns seeking homes for their charges after a fire, orphan Patsy (Donna Corcoran), hoping to save her goldfish from her bully friends, meets local Mrs. McChesney (Greer Garson, her first scene), in MGM's Scandal At Scourie, 1953.
Scandal At Scourie (1953) - Dictated By Rome Mrs. McChesney (Greer Garson) has not quite convinced her prominent Ontario Protestant storekeeper and mayor husband Patrick (Walter Pidgeon) that they should adopt just-arrived Catholic Quebecois orphan Patsy (Donna Corcoran) permanently, early in MGM's Scandal At Scourie, 1953.
Law And The Lady (1951) - Chemin de Fer On their first adventure in Monte Carlo, ex-servant Jane (Greer Garson) poses as "Lady Loverly," easily causing her newfound escort (Holmes Herbert) to lose at cards, her new partner Nigel (Michael Wilding) collecting, in The Law And The Lady, 1951.
Law And The Lady, The (1951) - One Stone At A Time We know that butler “Hoskins” (Michael Wilding) is really Nigel, con-man partner of Greer Garson, who’s just arrived at his new San Francisco situation posing as “Lady Loverly,” discussing their plot, drawing the attention of neighbor Dinas (Fernando Lamas), in The Law And The Lady, 1951.
Scandal At Scourie (1953) - Because I'm A Protestant? Irish-born Ontarian Mrs. McChesney (Greer Garson) has just failed in her scheme to cause Quebec orphan Patsy (Donna Corcoran) to miss her train west with the nuns, so she makes a spontaneous offer to Sister Josephine (Agnes Moorehead), Arthur Shields the local priest, in MGM's Scandal At Scourie, 1953.
Law And The Lady, The (1951) - Stop Being Witty Domestic "girl" Jane (Greer Garson) is just being accused of stealing by Lord and Lady Minden (Michael Wilding, Phyllis Stanley), when his twin Nigel (also Wilding) appears, the police inspector (Rhys Williams) baffled, early in The Law And The Lady, 1951.
I Was A Male War Bride (1949) - Such A Dull Story Cary Grant as French officer Rocard in post-war Germany, at the American HQ approaches Lt. Gates (Ann Sheridan), with whom he evidently has a history, and together they meet Lt. Billings (Randy Stuart), opening Howard Hawks I Was A Male War Bride, 1949.
I Was A Male War Bride (1949) - Grab An Oar! Making their way across post-war Germany on an assignment, French officer Rocard (Cary Grant), in the sidecar because only American WAC Catherine (Ann Sheridan), an ex-girlfriend, is authorized to drive, in Howard Hawks' I Was A Male War Bride, 1949.

Family

Beulah Roth
Sister
Active in politics; speechwriter for Franklin D. Roosevelt and Adlai Stevenson.

Companions

Brandon Toomey
Companion
Actor.

Bibliography

"I Wasn't Born Yesterday"
Leonard Spigelgass
"Million Dollar Baby"
Leonard Spigelgass
"The Scuttle Under The Bonnet"
Leonard Spigelgass
"Fed to the Teeth"
Leonard Spigelgass

Notes

Served three terms as vice president and five terms as treasurer of the Writers Guild of America.

Founder and chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Council (1957-58)