Julien Josephson

Active - 1918 - 1943  |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Comedy, Crime

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Biography by Hal Erickson

American screenwriter Julien Josephson's career spanned from 1921 to 1942. In the silent era, Josephson excelled in the art of adaptation, tailoring such theatrical works as Oscar Wilde's Lady Windemere's Fan (1925) and Crane Wilbur's The Bat (1926) to the confines of the screen. After earning an Academy Award nomination for his work on George Arliss' Disraeli (1929), Josephson was assigned to virtually every Arliss vehicle turned out by Warner Bros. between 1930 and 1932. At 20th Century-Fox from 1936 to 1939, he wrote or co-wrote such audience favorites as Shirley Temple's Heidi and Wee Willie Winkie (both 1937), Suez (1938) and Stanley and Livingstone (1939). Julien Josephson's final credit was the 1942 RKO programmer The Great Gildersleeve.

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