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Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Hornblow-Loy-1936.jpg
Arthur Hornblow Jr. and Myrna Loy
soon after their marriage in 1936
Born (1893-03-15)March 15, 1893
New York City, New York, United States
Died July 17, 1976(1976-07-17) (aged 83)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Film producer
Spouse(s)
Juliette Crosby
(m. 1924; div. 1936)

Myrna Loy
(m. 1936; div. 1942)

Leonora Schinasi
(m. 1945)

Arthur Hornblow Jr. (March 15, 1893 – July 17, 1976) was an American film producer.

Biography

Hornblow was the son of Arthur Hornblow Sr. (1865–1942), a writer who edited Theatre Magazine in New York City. (He allowed a version of his last name be used by C. S. Forester for the fictional sea captain Horatio Hornblower after meeting writer Forester at a New York cocktail party.)

Hornblow graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City, in 1911, before studying at Dartmouth College and New York Law School, and was a member of the fraternity Theta Delta Chi. He served in counter-intelligence during World War I, and then tried his hand at playwriting. He was then hired as a production supervisor by Sam Goldwyn at Paramount in 1927.

Initially, he specialized in the popular screwball comedies, eventually giving Billy Wilder his first directing job, and producing several films starring Bob Hope. These included The Cat and the Canary (1939), The Ghost Breakers (1940) and Nothing But the Truth (1941). In 1942 he moved to MGM where he produced Gaslight and several film noir. In the 1950s, now an independent producer rather that a studio employee, he worked on the musical Oklahoma and the courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution, directed by his former Paramount colleague, Billy Wilder.

He gave aspiring actress Marie Windsor her first screen test, and Constance Ockelman her new name, Veronica Lake.

Oscar nominations

As a producer he was nominated for an Academy Award 'Best Picture' Oscar four times, but failed to win.

Selected filmography

Arthur Hornblow Jr.-Paulette Goddard in The Cat and the Canary
Hornblow and Paulette Goddard on the set of The Cat and the Canary (1939)
  • Four Hours to Kill! (1935)
  • The Princess Comes Across (1936)
  • Easy Living (1937)
  • High, Wide, and Handsome (1937)
  • Midnight (1939)
  • The Cat and the Canary (1939)
  • The Ghost Breakers (1940)
  • Arise, My Love (1940)
  • The Major and the Minor (1942)
  • Gaslight (1944)
  • Desire Me (1947)
  • The Hucksters (1947)
  • Cass Timberlane (1947 film)
  • The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
  • Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
  • Oklahoma! (1955)
  • The War Lover (1962)

Books by Arthur and Leonora Hornblow

  • Animals Do the Strangest Things, illus. Michael K. Frith (Random House, 1964), 62 pp.,

The Hornblows, Frith, and Random House collaborated to produce numerous sequels, Birds Do the Strangest Things (1965), and so on.

Books by Arthur Hornblow

  • A History of the Theatre in America From its Beginnings to the Present Time Vol. 1 (J.B. Lippincott Company, 1919),
  • A History of the Theatre in America From its Beginnings to the Present Time Vol. 2 (J.B. LIppincott Company, 1919),
  • (previous page of browse report, under 'Hornblow, Arthur, 1893–1976')
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