James Hilton

Novelist, Screenwriter


Life Events


Moved to Hollywood


Movie Clip

Rage In Heaven (1941) -- (Movie Clip) Nobody Is Afraid Of Me First architect Ward (George Sanders) swoons over European war refugee Stella (Ingrid Bergman) on the English estate belonging to his friend and her employer, son Philip (Robert Montgomery) and mother (Lucile Watson), who confer about them, though he’s a bit weird, early in MGM’s Rage In Heaven 1941.
Rage In Heaven (1941) -- (Movie Clip) She's A Refugee Director W.S. Van Dyke II, from a script by Christopher Isherwood and Robert Thoeren, introduces his three top-billed stars, after an opening in which a patient named Andrews, whom we never saw, escaped from an asylum in wartime England, we meet Robert Montgomery, George Sanders, then Ingrid Bergman, in Rage In Heaven 1941.
Lost Horizon (1937) -- (Movie Clip) Restoration, Opening Credits Opening credits for Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1937, include details of the restoration, a prologue from the James Hilton novel, and the brief introduction of Ronald Colman as hero Conway, amid a fictional Chinese revolution.
Lost Horizon (1937) -- (Movie Clip) If There Is A Prolonged Delay Nearly smarmy Chang (H.B. Warner) now feeds Conway (Ronald Colman), brother George (John Howard) and fellow plane crash survivors (Edward Everett Horton, Thomas Mitchell) and mentions their rescue from the Himalayan monastery community could take years, about which they speculate, in Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon, 1937.
Lost Horizon (1937) -- (Movie Clip) Where Civilization Ends Big special effects as Robert (Ronald Colman) and brother George (John Howard) Conway and cohorts (Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton and Isabel Jewell), evacuated from a crisis in China, crash land somewhere beyond Tibet in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1939.
Lost Horizon (1937) -- (Movie Clip) When He Glimpses The Eternal Conway (Ronald Colman) is introduced to the presence of the High Lama (Sam Jaffe) whose true identity he quickly deduces in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1937, from the James Hilton novel.
Lost Horizon (1937) -- (Movie Clip) Shangri La Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) and fellow crash survivors (Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard and Isabel Jewell) are led into Shangri-La by Chang (H.B. Warner) in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, 1937, from the James Hilton novel.
Random Harvest (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Down This Shadowed Path Director Mervyn Leroy’s opening, narration by James Hilton, author of the novel, we meet psychiatrist Dr. Benet (Philip Dorn), Arthur Space as patient Trempitt, and Ronald Colman as Smith, surely the handsomest amnesiac on the ward, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942, also starring Greer Garson.
Random Harvest (1942) -- (Movie Clip) You Are From The Asylum! In a fictional English town on the day of the armistice ending the the First World War, amnesiac soldier Ronald Colman has wandered free from the local psychiatric hospital, meeting shopkeeper Una O’Connor, then friendly co-star Greer Garson, her first scene, in MGM’s Random Harvest, 1942.
Random Harvest (1942) -- (Movie Clip) My Life Began With You Enjoying life in the English countryside, ex-showgirl Paula (Greer Garson) brings news to the amnesiac-soldier husband she calls “Smithy” (Ronald Colman) of his first payment for his experiments in journalism, Mervyn LeRoy directing from the James Hilton novel, in Random Harvest, 1942.
Knight Without Armor (1937) -- (Movie Clip) Countess Alexandra Moscow, 1913, the Countess Alexandra (Marlene Dietrich), just returned from a visit to England, is presented to the Czar, whose compliment she then passes along to her betrothed Col. Adraxine (Austin Trevor) in Knight Without Armor, 1937, from a James Hilton novel.
Knight Without Armor (1937) -- (Movie Clip) But She's Only A Woman! 1917, widowed Russian Czarist Countess Alexandra (Marlene Dietrich) awakens to find the servants gone and the estate deserted, and is quick to realize the proletariat has arrived in Alexander Korda's Knight Without Armor, 1937.


Alice Helen Brown
Married in 1935; divorced in 1937.
Galina Hilton
Married on April 30, 1937; divorced in 1945.