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Samson Raphaelson (March 30, 1894 in New York City – July 16, 1983 in New York City) was an American screenwriter and playwright.

Born in New York City, Raphaelson worked on nine films with Ernst Lubitsch, including Trouble in Paradise (1932), The Shop Around the Corner (1939), Heaven Can Wait (1943), and That Lady in Ermine (1948). He also collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock on Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941). He is the author of the play Day of Atonement, which was made into The Jazz Singer (1927), the first talking picture, produced by Warner Brothers in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc process. Samson Raphaelson was also Ernst Lubitsch's favorite screenwriter.

Samson Raphaelson considered Suspicion to be "in many ways my best screenplay." Raphaelson also co-wrote Lubitsch's only sound-era drama Broken Lullaby (The Man I Killed, 1932). Though praised by playwright Robert E. Sherwood as "the best talking picture that has yet been seen and heard," the film was a box office flop. Aside from his more popular work, Raphaelson also wrote the college fight song for the University of Illinois in 1921. Titled, "Fight, Illini!: The Stadium Song" the music was composed by Rose J. Oltusky.

In 1977 the Writers Guild of America Awards granted him the "Laurel" for lifetime achievement. He taught playwriting at Columbia University until the last years of his life. His wife Dorshka (Dorothy Wegman) (1904-2005) was the author of 'Morning Song' and, until her death in 2005, was the second oldest surviving Ziegfeld Follies dancer. His nephew is filmmaker Bob Rafelson, and his grandson is photographer Paul Raphaelson.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Samson Raphaelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Samson Raphaelson (March 30, 1894 in New York City – July 16, 1983 in New York City) was an American screenwriter and playwright.

Born in New York City, Raphaelson worked on nine films with Ernst Lubitsch, including Trouble in Paradise (1932), The Shop Around the Corner (1939), Heaven Can Wait (1943), and That Lady in Ermine (1948). He also collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock on Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941). He is the author of the play Day of Atonement, which was made into The Jazz Singer (1927), the first talking picture, produced by Warner Brothers in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc process. Samson Raphaelson was also Ernst Lubitsch's favorite screenwriter.

Samson Raphaelson considered Suspicion to be "in many ways my best screenplay." Raphaelson also co-wrote Lubitsch's only sound-era drama Broken Lullaby (The Man I Killed, 1932). Though praised by playwright Robert E. Sherwood as "the best talking picture that has yet been seen and heard," the film was a box office flop. Aside from his more popular work, Raphaelson also wrote the college fight song for the University of Illinois in 1921. Titled, "Fight, Illini!: The Stadium Song" the music was composed by Rose J. Oltusky.

In 1977 the Writers Guild of America Awards granted him the "Laurel" for lifetime achievement. He taught playwriting at Columbia University until the last years of his life. His wife Dorshka (Dorothy Wegman) (1904-2005) was the author of 'Morning Song' and, until her death in 2005, was the second oldest surviving Ziegfeld Follies dancer. His nephew is filmmaker Bob Rafelson, and his grandson is photographer Paul Raphaelson.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Samson Raphaelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 27

Birthday 1894-03-30

Day of Death 1983-07-16

Place of Birth New York City, New York,

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1980 The Jazz Singer Theatre Play
1959 But Not for Me Theatre Play
1956 Hilda Crane Theatre Play
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)Writer
1953 Main Street to Broadway Writer
1953 The Jazz Singer Theatre Play
1951 Bannerline Story
1949 In the Good Old Summertime Screenplay
1948 That Lady in Ermine Writer
1947 Green Dolphin Street Screenplay
1947 The Perfect Marriage Theatre Play
1946 The Harvey Girls Screenplay
1943 Heaven Can Wait Screenplay
1941 Suspicion Screenplay
1940 The Shop Around the Corner Screenplay
1937 Angel Screenplay
1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Screenplay
1935 Accent on Youth Theatre Play
1934 Caravan Writer
1934 The Merry Widow Screenplay
1934 Caravane Writer
1932 Trouble in Paradise Screenplay
1932 One Hour with You Writer
1932 The Broken Lullaby Screenplay
1931 The Smiling Lieutenant Screenplay
1927 The Jazz Singer Author

Acting

1982 A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson as Interviewee

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