Benjamin Glazer

Active - 1924 - 1956  |   Born - May 7, 1887   |   Died - Jan 1, 1958   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Comedy, Musical

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Irish-born Benjamin Glazer was an attorney before turning to the written word to make a living. After several years as a newspaperman and playwright, Glazer entered the movies in 1921. A friend of director Erich von Stroheim, Glazer co-wrote the script of Stroheim's Merry Widow (1925) -- which proved, for various reasons, to be their only credited screen collaboration. Glazer became a producer with Beggars of Life (1928), a part-talkie starring Wallace Beery and Louise Brooks and directed by William Wellman. He was in charge of production at Pathe in the waning days of the silents, just before that company merged with RKO. From 1932 through 1940, Glazer was a producer and screenwriter at Paramount pictures, overseeing several of the Bing Crosby musicals. After several years away from filmmaking, Benjamin Glazer returned to the Studio System one last time in 1956 to adapt the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel for the screen.

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