Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Film producer
Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Arthur Hornblow, Jr. was an American film producer. His father, Arthur Hornblow (1865–1942), was a noted playwright.
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  • 1976
    Age 82
    Died on July 17, 1976.
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  • 1962
    Age 68
    After retiring from the film business in 1962 he devoted his time to writing children's books with his third wife Leonora Schinasi.
    More Details Hide Details He notably gave aspiring actress Marie Windsor her first screen test, and Constance Ockelman her new name – Veronica Lake. His father the writer and editor of The Theatre magazine Arthur Hornblow Sr. allowed a version of his last name be used by C. S. Forester for the fictional sea captain Horatio Hornblower after meeting writer C. S. Forester at a cocktail party in New York. As a producer he was nominated for an Academy Award 'Best Picture' Oscar four times, but failed to win.
  • 1942
    Age 48
    In 1942 he moved to MGM where he produced several film noir.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1950s, now an independent producer rather that a studio employee, he worked on musicals and other films. Notably Oklahoma, Ruggles of Red Gap and Gaslight.
  • 1936
    Age 42
    He married the actress Myrna Loy in 1936. On their divorce in 1942 they threw a lavish party at the Mocambo club.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • 1927
    Age 33
    He was then hired as a production supervisor by Sam Goldwyn at Paramount in 1927.
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  • 1911
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He served in counter-intelligence during World War I, and then tried his hand at playwriting.
  • 1893
    Born on March 15, 1893.
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