Ernest Vajda


Screenwriter

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Also Known As
Erno Vajda, Sidney Garrick
Birth Place
Hungary

Biography

During his Hollywood career, Ernest Vajda wrote a variety of screenplays. Vajda earned a film writing career following such successful contributions to titles such as "The Cat's Pajamas" (1926), "Love's of an Actress" (1928) and "Manhattan Cocktail" (1928). He also appeared in the adaptation "The Love Parade" (1929) with Maurice Chevalier. In the latter part of his career, Vajda wro...

Biography

During his Hollywood career, Ernest Vajda wrote a variety of screenplays. Vajda earned a film writing career following such successful contributions to titles such as "The Cat's Pajamas" (1926), "Love's of an Actress" (1928) and "Manhattan Cocktail" (1928). He also appeared in the adaptation "The Love Parade" (1929) with Maurice Chevalier. In the latter part of his career, Vajda wrote "A Woman Rebels" (1936), the Brian Aherne biopic "The Great Garrick" (1937) and "Personal Property" (1937). He also appeared in "Dramatic School" (1938) and the Norma Shearer dramatic period piece "Marie Antoinette" (1938). Vajda last worked on "Stars and Stripes Forever" (1952) with Clifton Webb. Vajda passed away in April 1954 at the age of 68.

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Marie Antoinette (1938) - I Shall Be Queen By a mile the largest thing W.S. ("One-Take Woody) Van Dyke II ever directed, Norma Shearer in the title role nothing but charming, Cecil Cunningham her aide "Feldy," Alma Kruger her mother the Austrian empress, ambassador Henry Stephenson making a bow, opening MGM's lavish Marie Antoinette, 1938, co-starring Tyrone Power.
Merry Widow, The (1934) - Vilia First proper number for the wealthy, reclusive widow Sonia (Jeanette MacDonald), witty staging from director Ernst Lubitsch, Danilo (Maurice Chevalier) among the onlookers, the song by Franz Lehar and Lorenz Hart, in MGM's The Merry Widow, 1934.
Merry Widow, The (1934) - In The Mood For A Banker Count Danilo partying at Maxim's in Paris, summoned by night-lifer Marcelle (Minna Gombel), and quite unaware that the new girl Fifi (Jeanette MacDonald) is the tax-fugitive widow he's supposed to be capturing, in Ernst Lubitsch's The Merry Widow, 1934.
Merry Widow, The (1934) - Girls! Girls! Girls! Maurice Chevalier as "Danilo" with the opening number by Franz Lehar and Lorenz Hart, Jeanette MacDonald slipping in as the mysterious widow, from Ernst Lubitsch's celebrated 1934 version of The Merry Widow.
Barretts Of Wimpole Street, The (1934) -- This Amazing Imprudence! Suitor Robert Browning (Fredric March) encourages heretofore invalid fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer) in making her way around her London home until her father (Charles Laughton), less supportive of her recovery, interrupts, in The Barretts Of Wimpole Street, 1934.
Barretts Of Wimpole Street, The (1934) -- Your Brave And Lovely Verses London, 1845, Anabel and Henrietta (Katharine Alexander, Maureen O’Sullivan) persuade their invalid poet sister Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer) to receive admiring fellow poet Robert Browning (Fredric March), calling for the first time, in MGM’s The Barretts Of Wimpole Street, 1934.
Smilin' Through (1932) - Rather Sweet Of Me MGM travels through time, as Carteret (Leslie Howard) and Owen (O.P. Heggie) join Kathleen (first Cora Sue Collins then Norma Shearer) for her 5th and 21st birthdays, then with suitor Willie (Ralph Forbes), in director Sidney Franklin's Smilin' Through, 1932.
Smilin' Through (1932) - Just Ghastly Stuffy boyfriend Willie (Ralph Forbes) and Kathleen (Norma Shearer) have been hiding from a storm in the old mansion, not realizing that the guy who just turned up (Fredric March) is rightful owner Kenneth, in MGM's Smilin' Through, 1932.
Payment Deferred (1932) -- Is It True He's A Banker? Framing device from the original play, Billy Bevan a neighbor and Halliwell Hobbes a prospective tenant, as we meet the Marble family of London, Dorothy Peterson, Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Sullivan as Annie, Willie and Winnie, in MGM’s grim Payment Deferred, 1932.
Payment Deferred (1932) -- Rough Luck And No Mistake Insolvent Londoners Willie and Annie Marble (Charles Laughton) are certain the caller (Ray Milland) greeted by daughter Winnie (Maureen O’Sullivan) will be a bailiff with bad news, and stunned to discover he’s a well-heeled long-lost relative, early in MGM’s Payment Deferred, 1932.
Payment Deferred (1932) -- Perhaps Your Father Needs A Rest After his barely off-screen murder of his wealthy nephew who appeared from Australia, we surmise that broke London bank clerk Willie (Charles Laughton) has buried him in the back yard, his wife and daughter (Dorothy Peterson, Maureen O’Sullivan) in the dark, in Payment Deferred, 1932.
Barretts Of Wimpole Street, The (1934) -- I Am Most Displeased! All siblings here, Norma Shearer as invalid poet Elizabeth Barrett (later Browning), Maureen O’Sullivan lively sister Henrietta, Matthew Smith, Neville Clark among brothers when their autocratic father (Charles Laughton) appears, framing the story, early in MGM’s The Barretts Of Wimpole Street, 1934.

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