Guide to the Papers of Arthur Hornblow, 1916 - 1952Manuscript MS-1205

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Guide to the Papers of Arthur Hornblow, 1916 - 1952

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1205

Collection Dates:

1916 - 1952

Size of Collection:

4 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)


Film producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr., was born in New York City in 1893. After attending Dartmouth College, New York Law School and admission to the Bar of New York, he served in the U.S. Army during World War I. After discharge, he began his career producing plays in New York, and then as a film producer in Hollywood. he died in 1976. The papers of Arthur Hornblow comprise film scripts, his N.Y. Bar certificate, and his translation of Edouard Bourdet's La Prisonniere (The Captive).

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Arthur Hornblow, Jr., was born in New York City, March 15, 1893. He entered Dartmouth College as a member of the Class of 1915, leaving before graduating to study law. He served in the Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army during World War I, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and was decorated for his service by the French government. After the war, Mr. Hornblow was employed as the editor of Theatre Magazine and produced plays in New York, until becoming a writer for Samuel Goldwyn in 1926.

The majority of Mr. Hornblow's career was as a film producer, for Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and as an independent producer, forming his own production company. Among the films he produced are Ruggles of Red Gap, Gaslight, Oklahoma, Asphalt Jungle and Witness for the Prosecution. Arthur Hornblow died in New York City, July 17, 1976.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Film scripts, 1931-1952

Studio and post-production scripts for films produced by Arthur Hornblow

Box: 1, Dates: 1931-1950

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Arrowsmith, 1931

    Screenplay by Sidney Howard, adapted by Sidney Howard from the novel by Sinclair Lewis; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

  • Folder: 2, Arise My Love, 1940

    Screenplay by Charles brackett and Billy Wilder, adaptation by Jacques Thery; Paramount Pictures. Review clipping laid in.

  • Folder: 3, Artists and Models Abroad, 1938

    Screenplay by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse and Ken Englund, Paramount Pictures. Hollywood Reporter review laid in

  • Folder: 4, The Asphalt Jungle, 1950

    Screenplay by Ben Maddow and John Huston, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

  • Folder: 5, Cass Timberlane, 1947

    Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, adaptation by Donald Ogden Stewart and Sonya Levien; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Review from Variety laid in.

  • Folder: 6, The Cat and the Canary, 1939

    Screenplay by Walter DeLeon and Lynn Starling, Paramount Pictures

  • Folder: 7, Conspirator, 1949

    Screenplay by Sally Benson, adaptation by Sally Benson and Gerard Fairlie; Metro-Goldwym-Mayer

  • Folder: 8, Easy Living, 1937

    Screenplay by Preston Sturges; Paramount Pictures

  • Folder: 9, Four Hours to Kill, 1935

    Screenplay by Norman Krasna; Paramount Pictures

  • Folder: 10, Gaslight, 1944

    Screenplay by John Van Druten, Walter Reisch and John Balderston; Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. Pages with main title billing laid in.

  • Folder: 11, The Ghost Breakers, 1940

    Screenplay by Walter DeLeon; Paramount Pictures. Review laid in.

Box: 2, Dates: 1935-1952

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, The heavenly Body, 1944

    Screenplay by Michael Arlen and Walter Reisch, adaptation by Harry Kurnitz; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

  • Folder: 2, High, Wide and Handsome, 1937

    Original story and screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II, additional dialogue by George O'Neil, music by Jerome Kern; Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 3, Hold Back the Dawn, 1941

    Screenplay by Charles Bracket and Billy Wilder, Paramount Pictures. Reviews laid in.

  • Folder: 4, The Hucksters, 1947

    Screenplay by Luther Davis, adaptation by Edward Chodorov and George Wells; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Reviews laid in.

  • Folder: 5, I Wanted Wings, 1951

    Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, Beirne Lay, Jr., and Sig Herzig; Paramount Pictures. Reviews laid in.

  • Folder: 6, Limehouse Blues, 1934

    Screenplay by Arthur Phillips and Cyril Hume, Paramount Pictures

  • Folder: 7, The Major and the Minor, 1942

    Screenplay by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, Paramount Pictures. Reviews laid in.

  • Folder: 8, Man About Town, 1939

    Screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 9, Midnight, 1939

    Screenplay by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder; Paramount Pictures. Reviews laid in.

  • Folder: 10, Million Dollar Mermaid, 1952

    Screenplay by Everett Freeman; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

  • Folder: 11, Mississippi, 1935

    Screenplay by Francis Martin and Jack Cunningham, adapted by Herbert Fields and Claude Binyon; Paramount Pictures.

Box: 3, Dates: 1934-1944

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Nothing But the Truth, 1941

    Screenplay by Don Hartman and Ken Englund; Paramount Pictures. Reviews laid in.

  • Folder: 2, The Princess Comes Across, 1936

    Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, et al. Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 3, The Pursuit of Happiness , 1934

    Screenplay by J.P. McEvoy and Virginia Van Upp, adaptation by Stephen Morehouse Avery and Jack Cunningham, Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 4, Ruggles of Red Gap, 1935

    ,Screenplay by Harry Leon Wilson, screenplay by Walter DeLeon and Harlan Thompson, adapted by Humphrey Pearson; Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 5, Street Scene, 1931

    Screenplay by Elmer Rice; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

  • Folder: 6, Swing High, Swing Low, 1937

    Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp and Oscar Hammerstein II, Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 7, Three Married Men, 1936

    Screenplay by Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell, based on a story by Owen Davis, Sr; Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 8, Tropic Holiday, 1938

    Screenplay by Don Hartman and Frank Butler, Paramount Pictures. Reviews laid in.

  • Folder: 9, Waikiki Wedding, 1937

    Screenplay by frank Butler, et al., Paramount Pictures.

  • Folder: 10, Weekend at the Waldorf, 1944

    Screenplay Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack, adaptation by Guy Bolton, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

  • Folder: 11, Wings in the Dark, 1935

    Screenplay by Jack Kirkland and Frank Partos, adaptation by Dale Van Every and E.H. Robinson, Paramount Pictures.

Series 2, Personal papers, 1919

Typescript and translation of La Prisonniere by Edouard Bourdet and certificate of admission to the New York bar.

Box: 4

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, New York Supreme Court, certificate of admission to the Bar, Nov. 10, 1919

    Printed form completed in manuscript.

  • Folder: 2, La Prisonniere, by Edouard Bourdet, undated


  • Folder: 3, The Captive, by Edouard Bourdet, translated by Arthur Hornblow, undated

    Typescript with holograph corrections. Perhaps prepared for the New York Production of the play in 1926

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