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Elliott Nugent



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Just for You
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet My Outlaw Brother
  • Director
1951
38% 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
No Score Yet 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 Love in Bloom
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Splendor
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not
  • 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
  • Hector McDonald
  • Screenwriter
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
  • Kempy
  • Screenwriter
1929
No Score Yet So This Is College
  • Eddie
1929

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