Sidney Buchman


Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Sidney Robert Buchman
Birth Place
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Born
March 27, 1902
Died
August 23, 1975

Biography

Screenwriter at Columbia who did sparkling work for directors including Frank Capra, Leo McCarey, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz. Buchman had begun a successful climb up the studio's corporate ladder when, in 1951, he was called to testify before HUAC. He admitted to having once been a member of the Communist Party but refused to "name names" and was blacklisted. Buchman moved to Fra...

Biography

Screenwriter at Columbia who did sparkling work for directors including Frank Capra, Leo McCarey, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz. Buchman had begun a successful climb up the studio's corporate ladder when, in 1951, he was called to testify before HUAC. He admitted to having once been a member of the Communist Party but refused to "name names" and was blacklisted. Buchman moved to France in the 1960s.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1976)
From Story
La Maison Sous les Arbres (1971)
Screenplay
The Group (1966)
Screenwriter
Cleopatra (1963)
Screenwriter
The Mark (1961)
Screenwriter
Saturday's Hero (1951)
Written for Screen by
Jolson Sings Again (1950)
Writer
A Song to Remember (1945)
Screenwriter
Over 21 (1945)
Screenwriter
The Talk of the Town (1942)
Screenwriter
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Screenwriter
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Screenwriter
Holiday (1938)
Screenwriter
Adventure in Manhattan (1936)
Screenwriter
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Screenwriter
The King Steps Out (1936)
Screenwriter
The Music Goes 'Round (1936)
Story
She Married Her Boss (1935)
Screenwriter
I'll Love You Always (1935)
Screenwriter
Love Me Forever (1935)
Screenwriter
Whom the Gods Destroy (1934)
Screenwriter
His Greatest Gamble (1934)
Screenwriter
All of Me (1934)
Screenwriter
Broadway Bill (1934)
Contr to Screenplay const
The Right to Romance (1933)
Screenwriter
From Hell to Heaven (1933)
Screenwriter
No One Man (1932)
Screenwriter
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Screenwriter
Thunder Below (1932)
Screenwriter
If I Had a Million (1932)
Contract Writer
The Beloved Bachelor (1931)
Dial
Daughter of the Dragon (1931)
Dial

Producer (Feature Film)

La Maison Sous les Arbres (1971)
Associate Producer
The Group (1966)
Producer
Jolson Sings Again (1950)
Producer
Over 21 (1945)
Producer
Cover Girl (1944)
Executive Producer
She Married an Artist (1937)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Composer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Mark (1961)
Company
Saturday's Hero (1951)
Company
The Harlem Globetrotters (1951)
Company
To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Company
A Song to Remember (1945)
Company

Life Events

1927

Debut as story writer, "Matinee Ladies"

1931

Signed three-year writing contract with Paramount

1931

Wrote first screenplay, "If I Had a Millon"

1934

Screenplay for "Whom the Gods Destroy" for Columbia led to studio contract

1937

Producing debut, "She Married an Artist"

1942

Began supervising Columbia's production; later became vice president and assistant production chief

1951

Cited for contempt of Congress by House Committee on Un-American Activities for refusing to co-operate; fined $150 and given one-year suspended sentence

Videos

Movie Clip

The Harlem Globetrotters (1950) — (Movie Clip) We’ve Got A College Man Catching up with Coach Abe Saperstein (Thomas Gomez) and the team after wrapping up his college affairs, new recruit Billy (pro-basketball player Billy Brown) gets introduced to the real-life stars, and a practice exhibition, directed by MGM shorts specialist Will Jason, in The Harlem Globetrotters, 1951.
The Harlem Globetrotters (1950) — (Movie Clip) What’s All The Fuss About College hoop star Billy (played by Billy Brown, a non-actor basketball pro at the time) tells his girlfriend Ann (Dorothy Dandridge, second-billed after Thomas Gomez, who pays the team founder Abe Saperstein, in her first speaking appearance) that he’s leaving to join the barnstorming title-team, in The Harlem Globetrotters, 1951.
Group, The (1966) - More Pantheistic After the rushed wedding of a fellow 1933 graduate of an un-named New England ladies' college, Dottie (Joan Hackett) with Dick (Richard Mulligan), artist and bohemian pal of the groom, in The Group, 1966, Sidney Lumet's film from Vassar grad Mary McCarthy's novel.
Group, The (1966) - Dottie Renfrew Is Engaged Director Sidney Lumet resumes his narrative device with Kathleen Widdoes as college “class scribe” Helena typing, Joan Hackett as Dottie on the train, to a 1930-something New York party hosted by Kay and her boozy playwright husband (Joanna Pettet, Larry Hagman), Jessica Walter, Shirley Knight, et al conversing, in The Group, 1966.
Group, The (1966) - Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl Somewhat bawdy English traditional song Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl among several choral pieces opening Sidney Lumet's The Group, 1966, introducing classmates Joan Hackett, Candice Bergen, Shirley Knight, Joanna Pettet et al, and their valedictorian Kathleen Widdoes.
Group, The (1966) - Not To The Manor Born New England ladies' college graduates led by "Lakey" (Candice Bergen) at the speedily arranged New York wedding of classmate Kay (Joanna Pettet) to aspiring playwright Harald (Larry Hagman) in Sidney Lumet's The Group, 1966, from the Mary McCarthy novel.
Holiday (1938) - Your Nose Is Frozen Johnny (Cary Grant), having discovered that his newly betrothed Julia (Doris Nolan), whom he just met on vacation, is one of the super-rich Setons, meets her sister Linda (Katharine Hepburn, her first scene), in George Cukor's Holiday, 1938.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) - Sexy Trash Rebecca (Spring Byington) leads the ladies in denouncing a novel serialized in the town paper, editor Jed (Thomas Mitchell) and incognito author Theodora (Irene Dunne) playing along, in Richard Boleslawski's Theodora Goes Wild, 1936.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) - You Ought To Meet Me Theodora (Irene Dunne) worrying with publisher Stevenson (Thurston Hall) about her racy novel ruining her reputation, meets his wife (Nana Bryant) and artist Michael (Melvyn Douglas), in Richard Boleslawski's Theodora Goes Wild, 1936.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) - Eve And The Serpent Innocent Theodora (Irene Dunne), aiming to prove she's as worldly as the author of her racy novel would be, in the apartment of handsome artist Michael (Melvyn Douglas), in Richard Boleslawski's Theodora Goes Wild, 1936.
Talk Of The Town, The (1942) - Such Monumental Inefficiency Law professor Lightcap (Ronald Colman) expresses his displeasure with his reception then dismisses his new landlord Nora (Jean Arthur), whom he still doesn't know has escaped accused killer Dilg (Cary Grant) hidden upstairs, in George Stevens' The Talk Of The Town, 1942.
Talk of the Town, The (1942) - That's The Gardener, Joseph Escaped convict Dilg (Cary Grant) reveals himself to vacationing Professor Lightcap (Ronald Colman) but is rescued by landlord Nora (Jean Arthur) who announces that he's only Joseph, the gardener, in George Stevens' The Talk of the Town, 1942.

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Family

Amanda Silver
Granddaughter
Screenwriter. Wrote debut screenplay for "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992).

Bibliography