Elliott Nugent

Elliott Nugent

  • Highest Rated: 80% Up in Arms (1944)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% The Great Gatsby (1949)
  • Birthday: Sep 20, 1896
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of American actor/producer/playwright J.C. Nugent, Elliott Nugent began walking in his dad's mocassins from childhood. Elliott appeared with his parents and his sister Ruth in vaudeville, taking time off for his college career at Ohio State University, where he befriended future humorist James Thurber. Making his Broadway debut in the 1921 George S. Kaufman/Marc Connelly play Dulcy, Nugent followed this personal triumph with the 1922 production Kempy, which he co-authored with his father J.C. Ten more Elliott/J.C. Nugent collaborations followed throughout the '20s; Elliott capped the decade by making his film bow in 1929's So This is College, with his old friend Robert Montgomery. In the first few years of talking pictures, Nugent showed up in intriguing juvenile roles: He was wrongly accused of murder in Lon Chaney Sr.'s The Unholy Three (1930), and tooled around Paris ingesting mysterious "controlled substance" pills in The Last Flight (1931). He tired of film acting in the early '30s and decided to concentrate on writing and directing, though he'd occasionally play cameo roles in the films he directed (e.g. Welcome Stranger [1947]). Preferring to make comedies, Nugent became one of Bob Hope's favorite directors, and also guided Danny Kaye through his feature film debut, Up in Arms (1944); he got along less well with "control freak" Harold Lloyd, whom he directed in Professor Beware (1938). On the Broadway stage, Nugent continued his acting career throughout the '30s; he starred in 1940's The Male Animal, which he co-wrote with college chum James Thurber and which he'd direct for the movies in 1942, with Henry Fonda in the lead. Retiring in 1957, Elliott Nugent spent his last years with his wife Norma Lee in their posh Manhattan apartment; in 1965, he wrote a frank, no-holds-barred autobiography, Events Leading Up to the Comedy.

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No Score Yet Just for You Director 1952
No Score Yet My Outlaw Brother Director 1951
No Score Yet The Skipper Surprised His Wife Director 1950
33% The Great Gatsby Director 1949
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa Director 1948
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger Director Dr. White 1947
71% My Favorite Brunette Director 1947
80% Up in Arms Director 1944
No Score Yet The Crystal Ball Director 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet The Male Animal Director 1942
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth Director 1941
No Score Yet The Cat and the Canary Director 1939
No Score Yet Never Say Die Director 1939
No Score Yet Give Me A Sailor Director 1938
No Score Yet Professor Beware Director 1938
No Score Yet Thunder in the City Casey 1937
No Score Yet And So They Were Married Director 1936
No Score Yet Wives Never Know Director 1936
No Score Yet Love in Bloom Director 1935
No Score Yet Enter Madame Director 1935
No Score Yet Splendor Director 1935
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not Director 1934
No Score Yet Strictly Dynamite Director 1934
No Score Yet Three Cornered Moon Director Broker 1933
No Score Yet The Mouthpiece Director 1932
No Score Yet The Last Flight Francis 1931
No Score Yet Romance Harry 1930
No Score Yet The Unholy Three Screenwriter Hector McDonald 1930
No Score Yet The Sins of the Children Screenwriter Johnnie 1930
No Score Yet Not So Dumb Gordon 1930
No Score Yet Navy Blues Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Wise Girls Screenwriter Kempy 1929
No Score Yet So This Is College Eddie 1929


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