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Samuel Hoffenstein

Samuel Hoffenstein

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1890-10-09 · Deathday: 1947-10-06 (56 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Kera, Russia

32 Movies

Also Known As: Sam Hoffenstein

Biography

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

1948.

1 Movie
Give My Regards to Broadway

Give My Regards to Broadway

1948
A family vaudeville act is threatened when the eldest son is offered a contract to play baseball. Musical.

1947.

1 Movie
Carnival in Costa Rica

Carnival in Costa Rica

1947
Two pairs of lovers try to thwart an arranged marriage at Costa Rican fiesta time.

1946.

2 Movies
Sentimental Journey

Sentimental Journey

1946
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...
Cluny Brown

Cluny Brown

6.67
1946
Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate..

1944.

1 Movie
Laura

Laura

5.17
1944
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

1943.

3 Movies
Flesh and Fantasy

Flesh and Fantasy

1943
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

His Butler's Sister

1943
aspiring singer Ann Carter visits her stepbrother in New York, hoping to make it on Broadway
Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

1943
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...

1942.

2 Movies
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe

1942
Biography of Edgar Allan Poe and the women in his life.
Tales of Manhattan

Tales of Manhattan

1942
A tailcoat cursed by its tailor has an effect on those who wear it. The video has a W.C. The original theatrical release did not include the Fields segment.

1941.

2 Movies
Lydia

Lydia

1941
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 and Mr. Hyde

1941
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.

1939.

1 Movie
Bridal Suite

Bridal Suite

1939
A carefree playboy with an aversion to marriage falls for a lass he meets in the French Alps.

1938.

1 Movie
The Great Waltz

The Great Waltz

2
1938
Composer Johann Strauss risks his marriage over his infatuation with a beautiful singer.

1937.

1 Movie
Conquest

Conquest

4
1937
A polish countess was dispatched by her country to become Napoleon Bonaparte's mistress at the urging of Polish leaders who thought she might influence him to make Poland independent.

1936.

3 Movies
The Voice of Bugle Ann

The Voice of Bugle Ann

1936
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.
Desire

Desire

1936
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

Love Before Breakfast

1936
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...

1935.

3 Movies
Enchanted April

Enchanted April

1935
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

Paris in Spring

1935
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

Two for Tonight

1935
A songwriter has to come up with a full-length theatrical piece within a few days.

1934.

3 Movies
Wharf Angel

Wharf Angel

1934
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

The Gay Divorcee

1934
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.
The Fountain

The Fountain

1934
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 ...

1933.

3 Movies
The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs

1933
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

Design for Living

1933
An independent woman can't choose between her two loves.
White Woman

White Woman

1933
Gong beaters turn on a ruthless jungle trader and the well-dressed blonde who travels with him.

1932.

2 Movies
Love Me Tonight

Love Me Tonight

6
1932
A Parisian tailor falls in love with a young princess after pretending to be a baron in order to get a large bill from an older person.
Sinners in the Sun

Sinners in the Sun

1932
A New York fashion model finds herself being pursued by a poor but honest garage mechanic and a rich philanderer.

1931.

3 Movies
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

6.17
1931
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

An American Tragedy

1931
A social climber charms a debutante, seduces a factory worker and commits murder.
Once a Lady

Once a Lady

1931
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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