Playwright Jane Murfin frequently worked in collaboration with stage actress Jane Cowl. The most famous of the Murfin-Cowl offerings, Smilin' Through, Daybreak, and Lilac Time, were duly filmed by Hollywood, sometimes more than once. Outside of her Broadway activities, Murfin scripted or co-scripted such films as RKO's Roberta and Alice Adams (both 1935), Goldwyn's Come and Get It (1936), and MGM's Pride and Prejudice and Dragon Seed. She briefly turned director in 1924, helming an adaptation of her own play Flaming Sign, trendily retitled Flapper Wives. From 1932 to 1944, Jane Murfin was married to actor Donald Crisp.