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.
Movies & TV shows
An actress becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming. Julie soon finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live. She decides to adopt the child so that her husband Bill w...
Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate..
Flesh and Fantasy
Three tales of the supernatural are contained in the film. The first story takes place at the New Orleans Carnival. A psychic is involved in the second case. The third is about a man who is in love wi...
His Butler's Sister
aspiring singer Ann Carter visits her stepbrother in New York, hoping to make it on Broadway
Phantom of the Opera
A pit violinist named Claudin secretly aids Christine Dubois, a rising opera singer, and Anatole, a police inspector. Claudin loses his touch and his job, murders a music publisher in a fit of madness...
Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy woman who has never married, invites several men her own age to her home to reminisce about the times when they were young and courted her. In memory, each romance seemed sp...
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone and creates a potion that allows his evil side, Mr. Hyde, to come to the fore. He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run amok.
The Voice of Bugle Ann
A Missouri farmer's (Lionel Barrymore) son (Eric Linden) loves the daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) of a neighbor who has killed the farmer's foxhound.
US engineer Tom is on his way to Spain to get the pearls out of France, when Madeleine uses him to steal a string of pearls in Paris. It is difficult to get the pearls back from him, without falling i...
Love Before Breakfast
Scott is a very rich businessman who hangs out with a snooty, silly Countess, but has the hots for Kay who is already engaged to Bill. Scott went so far as to buy Bill's oil company so that he could g...
Mrs. Lotty Wilkins is an unhappily wife whom's life husband and romance have departed. In order to possibly salvage some of the missing elements in her life she rents an old Italian mansion and sharin...
Paris in Spring
Afraid of marriage, Simone (Mary Ellis) breaks off her long term engagement with her fiancé Paul de Lille (Tullio Carminati). Paul heads to the top of The Eiffel Tower with thoughts of suicide. In ano...
Two for Tonight
A songwriter has to come up with a full-length theatrical piece within a few days.
On the wharfs of San Francisco, saloon girl Toy, also known as Mary, lives over Mother Bright's bar. When Como Murphy, a fugitive from the law, hides in her room, she falls in love with him. He explai...
The Gay Divorcee
A woman seeks a divorce from her husband and travels to an English seaside resort. She made a mistake when she hired her lawyer because she fell in love with Guy Holden.
Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer, is paroled to the castle of Baron Von Leyden and finds living there, but now married to ...
The Song of Songs
After her father's death, she moves to the city to live with her strict aunt. During the day, she works in her aunt's bookstore, and at night, she sneaks across the street to model for Richard, a scul...
Design for Living
An independent woman can't choose between her two loves.
Gong beaters turn on a ruthless jungle trader and the well-dressed blonde who travels with him.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. is based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson. There are two different sides to the man, according to Henry Jekyll. He believes that man can become liberated if he separates the two. He succeeds...
An American Tragedy
A social climber charms a debutante, seduces a factory worker and commits murder.
Once a Lady
A young Russian woman marries a wealthy Englishman, and has a daughter with him. After she has an affair with one of his friends, she is forced to leave Britain and moves to Paris. Many years later, h...
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