(1939 to 1940 Winter) His play, "Firebrand," was performed at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California. Craig Noel was artistic director and also director.
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(From his autobiography) My going to Hollywood was inevitable. It was the bourn from which no artist ever returns, marked out on the day when I put aside my first poem, scribbled on the back of an envelope, to unwillingly pack underwear stock in cases. But I have not wanted to be poor - I will not be poor! I will force the world to take note of me.
Former journalist and playwright, active on and off-Broadway from the mid-1920's. Moved to Hollywood as a press agent for Samuel Goldwyn and then became a title writer for De Mille and Pathe. Wrote his first screenplays from 1929. He was under contract at Paramount from 1932 to 1938, associated with Ernst Lubitsch on a couple of noted comedies, particularly To Be or Not to Be