Wanda Tuchock


Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Pueblo, Colorado, USA
Born
March 20, 1898
Died
February 10, 1985

Biography

Veteran Hollywood writer whose screenplays include "Hallelujah" (1929), "Susan Lennox: Her Rise and Fall" (1931) and "The Foxes of Harrow" (1947). Tuchock was one of the few women to receive directorial credit on major studio features--as co-director with George Nicholls Jr on "Finishing School" and as director of "Ready For Love" (both 1934; also writer of both)....

Family & Companions

George DeNormand
Husband
Actor, director. Born on September 22, 1903 in New York; died on December 23, 1976 in California.

Biography

Veteran Hollywood writer whose screenplays include "Hallelujah" (1929), "Susan Lennox: Her Rise and Fall" (1931) and "The Foxes of Harrow" (1947). Tuchock was one of the few women to receive directorial credit on major studio features--as co-director with George Nicholls Jr on "Finishing School" and as director of "Ready For Love" (both 1934; also writer of both).

Life Events

1929

Penned screenplay for "Hallelujah", directed by King Vidor

1931

Wrote the Garbo vehicle "Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise"

1932

Scripted "Little Orphan Annie"

1934

With George Nichols Jr, co-directed "Finishing School"

1940

Wrote "Youth Will Be Served"

1947

Penned screenplay for "The Foxes of Harrow"

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.
Hallelujah! (1929) - And Zekiel Became A Preacher Zekiel (Daniel L. Haynes) in a wrathful public mourning, over the death of his brother brought about by his own sinful behavior, Harry Gray as Pappy the preacher, ending with the spiritual by Henry Thacker Burleigh, from King Vidor's Hallelujah, 1929.
Hallelujah! (1929) - Waiting At The End Of The Road Leading man Daniel L. Haynes (as "Zekiel") with the younger brother he calls "Spunk" (Everett McGarrity), in another of director King Vidor's impressive location shots, with another Irving Berlin original, the Dixie Jubilee Singers also credited, early in MGM's Hallelujah!, 1929.
Finishing School (1934) - So Smart And Proper Forceful opening credits and harsh, if humorous take on society mom Billie Burke, delivering top-billed Frances Dee to the school run by Miss Van Alstyne (Beulah Bondi), in RKO’s Finishing School, 1934, co-directed and co-written by Wanda Tuchock, with Ginger Rogers and Bruce Cabot.
Finishing School (1934) - The Gentile Racketeering The school head (Beulah Bondie) introduces new girl Virginia (Frances Dee) to roommate Celeste (a.k.a. "Pony," Ginger Rogers) who immediately takes over the movie, Ruth and Maggie (Marjorie Lytell, Adalyn Doyle) trying to keep up, early in Finishing School, 1934.
Finishing School (1934) - Virginia's Going To Get Fried Savvy “Pony” (Ginger Rogers) and novice pal Virginia (Frances Dee) from boarding school, having deployed a fake chaperone, arrive at their New York hotel for weekend partying, where waiter Mac (Bruce Cabot) soon becomes more relevant than their frat-boy dates, in Finishing School, 1934.
Billy The Kid (1930) - Killin' Rats Comes Natural Righteous landowner Tunston (Wyndham Standing) is having it out with scofflaw sheriff Donovan (James A. Marcus) in 1880’s Lincoln County, NM, when star John Mack Brown (title character) make his entrance, Chris-Pin Martin his sidekick, in Billy The Kid, 1930, from MGM and director King Vidor.
Billy The Kid (1930) - Throw Away That Tin Star The arrival of Claire (Kay Johnson), fiancée of benevolent rancher Tunston (Wyndham Standing), gets the attention of gunslinger Grant (Frank Hagney), the title character (John Mack Brown) intervening and Wallace Beery making his first appearance as lawman Pat Garrett, in Billy The Kid, 1930.
Show People (1928) - That's John Gilbert! Joining director King Vidor's opening, star Marion Davies (as "Peggy Pepper") and her father the colonel (Dell Henderson) arrive in Hollywood, spying the real John Gilbert entering the fictional "Mammoth" Studios, in the hit comedy Show People, 1928, also starring William Haines.
Show People (1928) - The Various Moods Just arrived from Georgia, Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) mugs an audition at the "Mammoth Studios" casting office, encouraged by her father (Dell Henderson), soon hired and being not-charmed by Billy (William "Billy" Haines) in the cafeteria, in Show People, 1928.
Show People (1928) - Who's That Little Guy? Maybe the most obvious cameo gag possible at the time, still funny, Peggy (Marion Davies) and Billy (William Haines) leave the screening of her comic-hit first picture (Harry Gribbon her director), catch a trailer for another King Vidor film, then meet Chaplin outside, in Show People, 1928.

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Companions

George DeNormand
Husband
Actor, director. Born on September 22, 1903 in New York; died on December 23, 1976 in California.

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