Biography

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Samuel "Sam" Hoffenstein (October 8, 1890 - October 6, 1947) was a screenwriter and a musical composer. Born in Russia, he emigrated to the United States and began a career in New York City as a newspaper writer and in the entertainment business. In 1931 he moved to Los Angeles, where he lived for the rest of his life and where he wrote the scripts for over thirty movies. These movies included Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Miracle Man (1932), Phantom of the Opera (1943), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Tales of Manhattan (1942), Flesh and Fantasy (1943), Laura (1944), and Ernst Lubitsch's Cluny Brown (1946).

In addition, Hoffenstein, along with Cole Porter and Kenneth Webb, helped compose the musical score for Gay Divorce (1933), the stage musical that became the film The Gay Divorcee (1934).

He died in Los Angeles, California. A book of his verse, Pencil in the Air, was published three days after his death to critical acclaim. Another book of his work was published in 1928, titled Poems in Praise of Practically Nothing. The book contained some of his work that had been formerly published in the New York World, the New York Tribune, Vanity Fair, the D. A. C. News, and Snappy Stories.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Samuel "Sam" Hoffenstein (October 8, 1890 - October 6, 1947) was a screenwriter and a musical composer. Born in Russia, he emigrated to the United States and began a career in New York City as a newspaper writer and in the entertainment business. In 1931 he moved to Los Angeles, where he lived for the rest of his life and where he wrote the scripts for over thirty movies. These movies included Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Miracle Man (1932), Phantom of the Opera (1943), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Tales of Manhattan (1942), Flesh and Fantasy (1943), Laura (1944), and Ernst Lubitsch's Cluny Brown (1946).

In addition, Hoffenstein, along with Cole Porter and Kenneth Webb, helped compose the musical score for Gay Divorce (1933), the stage musical that became the film The Gay Divorcee (1934).

He died in Los Angeles, California. A book of his verse, Pencil in the Air, was published three days after his death to critical acclaim. Another book of his work was published in 1928, titled Poems in Praise of Practically Nothing. The book contained some of his work that had been formerly published in the New York World, the New York Tribune, Vanity Fair, the D. A. C. News, and Snappy Stories.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 32

Birthday 1890-10-09

Day of Death 1947-10-06

Place of Birth Kera, Russia

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Also Known As

  • Sam Hoffenstein

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1948 Give My Regards to Broadway Writer
1947 Carnival in Costa Rica Writer
1946 Cluny Brown Screenplay
1946 Sentimental Journey Screenplay
1944 Laura Screenplay
1943 His Butler's Sister Screenplay
1943 Flesh and Fantasy Screenplay
1943 Phantom of the Opera Screenplay
1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Writer
1942 Tales of Manhattan Writer
1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Screenplay
1941 Lydia Screenplay
1939 Bridal Suite Screenplay
1938 The Great Waltz Screenplay
1937 Conquest Writer
1936 Desire Screenplay
1936 Love Before Breakfast Writer
1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann Screenplay
1935 Two for Tonight Writer
1935 Paris in Spring Writer
1935 Enchanted April Screenplay
1934 The Gay Divorcee Adaptation
1934 The Fountain Screenplay
1934 Wharf Angel Screenplay
1933 Design for Living Screenplay
1933 White Woman Writer
1933 The Song of Songs Screenplay
1932 Love Me Tonight Screenplay
1932 Sinners in the Sun Writer
1932 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Screenplay
1931 Once a Lady Writer
1931 An American Tragedy Screenplay

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