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Preston Sturges (29 August 1898 – 6 August 1959), originally Edmund Preston Biden, was a celebrated playwright, screenwriter and film director born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1941 he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty.

Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations.

In recent years, film scholars such as Alessandro Pirolini have also argued that Sturges' cinema anticipated more experimental narratives by contemporary directors such as Joel and Ethan Coen, Robert Zemeckis, and Woody Allen, along with prolific The Simpsons writer John Swartzwelder: "Many of [Sturges'] movies and screenplays reveal a restless and impatient attempt to escape codified rules and narrative schemata, and to push the mechanisms and conventions of their genre to the extent of unveiling them to the spectator. [See for example] the disruption of standardized timelines in films such as The Power and the Glory and The Great McGinty [or the way] an apparently classical comedy such as Unfaithfully Yours (1948) shifts into the realm of multiple and hypothetical narratives.

Prior to Sturges, other figures in Hollywood (such as Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Frank Capra) had directed films from their own scripts. However, Sturges is often regarded as the first Hollywood figure to be initially mainly successfully established as a screenwriter and then to subsequently move into directing his own scripts, at a time when those roles were mostly entrenched and separate. Famously, Sturges sold the story for The Great McGinty to Paramount Pictures for $1, in return for being allowed to direct the film; the sum was quietly raised to $10 by the studio for legal reasons.

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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Preston Sturges (29 August 1898 – 6 August 1959), originally Edmund Preston Biden, was a celebrated playwright, screenwriter and film director born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1941 he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty.

Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations.

In recent years, film scholars such as Alessandro Pirolini have also argued that Sturges' cinema anticipated more experimental narratives by contemporary directors such as Joel and Ethan Coen, Robert Zemeckis, and Woody Allen, along with prolific The Simpsons writer John Swartzwelder: "Many of [Sturges'] movies and screenplays reveal a restless and impatient attempt to escape codified rules and narrative schemata, and to push the mechanisms and conventions of their genre to the extent of unveiling them to the spectator. [See for example] the disruption of standardized timelines in films such as The Power and the Glory and The Great McGinty [or the way] an apparently classical comedy such as Unfaithfully Yours (1948) shifts into the realm of multiple and hypothetical narratives.

Prior to Sturges, other figures in Hollywood (such as Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Frank Capra) had directed films from their own scripts. However, Sturges is often regarded as the first Hollywood figure to be initially mainly successfully established as a screenwriter and then to subsequently move into directing his own scripts, at a time when those roles were mostly entrenched and separate. Famously, Sturges sold the story for The Great McGinty to Paramount Pictures for $1, in return for being allowed to direct the film; the sum was quietly raised to $10 by the studio for legal reasons.

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

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Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 36

Birthday 1898-08-29

Day of Death 1959-08-06

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby Screenplay
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Writer
1948 Unfaithfully Yours Screenplay
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Screenplay
1947 I'll Be Yours Screenplay
1944 The Great Moment Screenplay
1944 Hail the Conquering Hero Writer
1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Writer
1942 The Palm Beach Story Screenplay
1941 Sullivan's Travels Writer
1941 The Lady Eve Screenplay
1941 Safeguarding Military Information Writer
1940 Christmas in July Writer
1940 The Great McGinty Writer
1940 Remember the Night Screenplay
1939 Never Say Die Screenplay
1938 If I Were King Writer
1938 Port of Seven Seas Writer
1938 College Swing Screenplay
1937 Easy Living Screenplay
1937 Hotel Haywire Writer
1936 Love Before Breakfast Writer
1935 Diamond Jim Writer
1935 The Good Fairy Screenplay
1934 We Live Again Adaptation
1934 Thirty Day Princess Screenplay
1934 Twentieth Century Writer
1933 The Power and the Glory Screenplay
1933 Child of Manhattan Theatre Play
1931 Strictly Dishonorable Theatre Play
1930 The Big Pond Dialogue

Directing

1955 The Diary of Major Thompson Director
1950 Vendetta Director
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Director
1948 Unfaithfully Yours Director
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Director
1944 The Great Moment Director
1944 Hail the Conquering Hero Director
1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Director
1942 The Palm Beach Story Director
1941 Sullivan's Travels Director
1941 The Lady Eve Director
1941 Safeguarding Military Information Director
1940 Christmas in July Director
1940 The Great McGinty Director

Production

1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Producer
1948 Unfaithfully Yours Producer
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Producer
1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Producer
1942 I Married a Witch Producer

Acting

1958 Paris Holiday as Serge Vitry
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm as Preston Sturges
1940 Christmas in July as Man at Shoeshine Stand (uncredited)

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