HOME

TheInfoList




Jules Furthman (March 5, 1888 – September 22, 1966) was an American magazine and newspaper writer before working as a screenwriter.


Biography

Furthman was born in Chicago. His brother was the writer Charles Furthman. During World War I he wrote under the pen name "Stephen Fox" as he thought Furthman sounded too German. He wrote screenplays for a number of important or popular films, including ''The Docks of New York'' (1928), ''Thunderbolt (1929 film), Thunderbolt'' (1929), ''Merely Mary Ann'' (1931), ''Shanghai Express (Film), Shanghai Express'' (1932), ''Bombshell (1933 film), Bombshell'' (1933), ''Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 film), Mutiny on the Bounty'' (1935), ''Come and Get It (1936 film), Come and Get It'' (1936), ''Only Angels Have Wings'' (1939), ''To Have and Have Not (film), To Have and Have Not'' (1944), ''The Big Sleep (1946 film), The Big Sleep'' (1946), and ''Nightmare Alley (1947 film), Nightmare Alley'' (1947). He wrote credited screenplays for eight films directed by Josef Von Sternberg and an equal number for Howard Hawks. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for ''Mutiny on the Bounty''. In 1920, he married the actress Sybil Seely, who played in five films directed by Buster Keaton. She and Furthman had a son in 1921, and she retired from acting in 1922. They remained together until his death. Furthman died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1966 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. His remains were brought home and interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


Legacy

Pauline Kael once wrote that Furthman "has written about half of the most entertaining movies to come out of Hollywood." On the UK television program ''Scene By Scene'', host Mark Cousins (film critic), Mark Cousins said, "Furthman wrote some of your best lines and he also wrote for her (Marlene Deitrich), those sort of, sexy and ambiguous lines." Lauren Bacall replied, "He did? Well, that I didn't know. I asked Howard Hawks once, why he used Furthman; as he didn't write the entire screenplay. And he (Hawks) said, 'If there are five ways to play a scene, he (Furthman) will write a sixth way.' And of course, that makes perfect sense and that's exactly what Furthman did. He always came around the back way and suddenly there was a little surprise there."


List of screenplays

*''Steady Company (1915 film), Steady Company'' (1915) (story) (as Julius G. Furthman) *''Bound on the Wheel'' (1915) (story) (as Julius G. Furthman) *''Chasing the Limited'' (1915) (scenario) *''Mountain Justice (1915 film), Mountain Justice'' (1915) (story) (as Julius G. Furthman) *''A Fiery Introduction'' (1915) (story) (as Julius G. Furthman) *''Quits'' (1915) (as Julius G. Furthman) *''The Little Blonde in Black'' (1915) *''High Play'' (1917) (scenario) (as Jules Grinnell Furthmann) *''The Frame-Up'' (1917) *''The Shackles of Truth'' (1917) (story) (as Julius Grinnell Furthman) *''The Masked Heart'' (1917) (story) (as Julius Grinnell Furthmann) *''Souls in Pawn'' (1917) (story) *''The Mantle of Charity'' (1918) (as Stephen Fox) *''A Camouflage Kiss'' (1918) (as Stephen Fox) * ''Hearts or Diamonds?'' (1918) * ''Up Romance Road'' (1918) (as Stephen Fox) * ''A Japanese Nightingale'' (1918) * ''Hobbs in a Hurry'' (1918) (scenario) (as Stephen Fox) * ''All the World to Nothing'' (1918) (as Stephen Fox) *''Wives and Other Wives'' (1918) (as Stephen Fox) *''When a Man Rides Alone'' (1919) (as Stephen Fox) * ''Where the West Begins (1919 film), Where the West Begins'' (1919) * ''Brass Buttons'' (1919) (as Stephen Fox) * ''Some Liar'' (1919) (scenario) (as Stephen Fox) *''A Sporting Chance (1919 Pathe film), A Sporting Chance'' (1919) (as Stephen Fox) * ''This Hero Stuff'' (1919) (story) (as Stephen Fox) * ''Six Feet Four'' (1919) (as Stephen Fox) *''Victory (1919 film), Victory'' (1919) (as Stephen Fox) *''The Lincoln Highwayman'' (1919) (adaptation) * ''The Beloved Cheater'' (1919) (story) (as Steven Fox) *''Would You Forgive?'' (1920) *''The Valley of Tomorrow'' (1920) (as Stephen Fox) *''Treasure Island (1920 film), Treasure Island'' (1920) (as Stephen Fox) *''Leave It to Me'' (1920) (scenario) *''Twins of Suffering Creek'' (1920) (scenario) *''A Sister to Salome'' (1920) *''The Great Redeemer'' (1920) (adaptation) *''The White Circle'' (1920) *''The Man Who Dared'' (1920) (as Julius G. Furthman) *''The Skywayman'' (1920) *''The Texan (1920 film), The Texan'' (1920) (scenario) * ''The Iron Rider'' (1920) (scenario) *''The Land of Jazz'' (1920) *''High Gear Jeffrey'' (1921) *''The Cheater Reformed'' (1921) *''The Big Punch'' (1921) *''The Blushing Bride'' (1921) *''Colorado Pluck'' (1921) * ''Singing River (film), Singing River'' (1921) *''The Last Trail'' (1921) *''The Roof Tree'' (1921) * ''Pawn Ticket 210'' (1922) *''Gleam O'Dawn'' (1922) * ''The Ragged Heiress'' (1922) *''Arabian Love'' (1922) *''The Yellow Stain'' (1922) *''Strange Idols'' (1922) * ''Calvert's Valley'' (1922) *''The Love Gambler'' (1922) *''A California Romance'' (1922) *''Lovebound'' (1923) *''St. Elmo (1923 American film), St. Elmo'' (1923) *''North of Hudson Bay'' (1923) *''The Acquittal'' (1923) * ''Condemned (1923 film), Condemned'' (1923) * ''Try and Get It'' (1924) (adaptation) *''Call of the Mate'' (1924) *''Romola (film), Romola'' (1924) (titles) *''Sackcloth and Scarlet'' (1925) *''Any Woman'' (1925) * ''Before Midnight (1925 film), Before Midnight'' (1925) * ''Big Pal'' (1925) *''The Wise Guy'' (1926) *''You'd Be Surprised (film), You'd Be Surprised'' (1926) *''Hotel Imperial (1927 film), Hotel Imperial'' (1927) *''The Love Wager'' (1927) *''Casey at the Bat (1927 film), Casey at the Bat'' (1927) *''Fashions for Women'' (1927) *''The Way of All Flesh (1927 film), The Way of All Flesh'' (1927) *''Barbed Wire (1927 film), Barbed Wire'' (1927) *''The City Gone Wild'' (1927) *''Abie's Irish Rose (1928 film), Abie's Irish Rose'' (1928) *''The Drag Net'' (1928) *''The Docks of New York'' (1928) *''The Case of Lena Smith'' (1929) *''Thunderbolt (1929 film), Thunderbolt'' (1929) (story) *''New York Nights'' (1929) (adaptation) *''For the Defense'' (1930) (story) *''Common Clay (1930 film), Common Clay'' (1930) *''Renegades (1930 film), Renegades'' (1930) (adaptation) *''Morocco (1930 film), Morocco'' (1930) (adaptation) *''Body and Soul (1931 film), Body and Soul'' (1931) *''Cuerpo y alma'' (1931) *''Merely Mary Ann'' (1931) *''The Yellow Ticket'' (1931) *''Over the Hill (1931 film), Over the Hill'' (1931) *''Shanghai Express (film), Shanghai Express'' (1932) *''Blonde Venus'' (1932) (story) (uncredited) *''Bombshell (1933 film), Bombshell'' (1933) *''China Seas (film), China Seas'' (1935) *''Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 film), Mutiny on the Bounty'' (1935) *''Come and Get It (1936 film), Come and Get It'' (1936) *''Spawn of the North'' (1938) *''Only Angels Have Wings'' (1939) *''Zaza (1939 film), Zaza'' (1939) (uncredited) *''The Way of All Flesh (1940 film), The Way of All Flesh'' (1940) (story) *''The Shanghai Gesture'' (1941) *''The Outlaw'' (1943) *''To Have and Have Not (film), To Have and Have Not'' (1944) *''The Big Sleep (1946 film), The Big Sleep'' (1946) *''Moss Rose (film), Moss Rose'' (1947) *''Nightmare Alley (1947 film), Nightmare Alley'' (1947) *''Pretty Baby (1950 film), Pretty Baby'' (1950) (story) *''Peking Express (film), Peking Express'' (1951) *''Jet Pilot (film), Jet Pilot'' (1957) *''Rio Bravo (film), Rio Bravo'' (1959)


References


External links

*
Jules Furthman papers
Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Matthew J. Bruccoli collection of Jules Furthman
at the University of South Carolina Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Jules Furthman screenplay collection
at the University of South Carolina Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. {{DEFAULTSORT:Furthman, Jules 1888 births 1966 deaths American male journalists American male screenwriters Writers from Chicago Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Furtham, Jules Deaths by intracerebral hemorrhage Screenwriters from Illinois 20th-century American male writers 20th-century American screenwriters