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MacArthur, Charles

(1895–1956) playwright, screenwriter, movie director; born in Scranton, Pa. (husband of Helen Hayes, father of James MacArthur). After working as a reporter, he collaborated with Ben Hecht on the classic newspaper play, Front Page (1928), and then on Twentieth Century (1932), both Broadway hits. He went on to write, alone or in collaboration, several other popular plays and screenplays, usually sophisticated comedies. He codirected several movies with Hecht.
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A smooth-talking newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter - and ex-wife - from remarrying in the Fred Crafts' Radio Redux production of this oft-filmed comedy classic from the typewriters of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.
Born in Los Angeles, James Gordon MacArthur was the adopted son of Helen Hayes, an actress who was dubbed the first lady of the American theatre, and Charles MacArthur, a playwright and screenwriter who co-wrote the play The Front Page.
Evisceration was the preferred form of humor by the likes (or rather, dislikes) of Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Robert Sherwood, Heywood Broun, Charles MacArthur, George Kaufman and Tallulah Bankhead, among others.
Also at the convention, a panel of writers who made the transition "From Reporter to Screenwriter" will tell how to make the switch from the newsroom to the screening room following the trail blazed by authors such as Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, writers of "The Front Page.
Also on that list is Charles MacArthur, who, along with Ben Heeht, wrote the Broadway play "The Front Page" based on his experience as a City News reporter.
James Edward Moir MacArthur has made a bid to be officially recognised as chief of the Clan Arthur after his ancestry was traced back to the last chief, Charles MacArthur, who died in the 1780s.
Originally a successful play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and adapted for the big screen first in 1931, then here and finally in 1988's Switching Channels, The Front Page is a great piece for actors, although Wilder's re-writes alongside IAL Diamond don't quite work in this version.
The previous occupants, actress Helen Hayes and her husband, Charles MacArthur, bought the house in 1931.
Hayes, often called the first lady of American theater, bought the house in 1931 with her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur.
Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, MacArthur was adopted by playwright Charles MacArthur and actress Helen Hayes.
It was based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur and Bruce Millholland that director Howard Hawks adapted into the 1934 film ``Twentieth Century,'' starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard.
Hayes is in a reflective mood and is shown recalling the richness of life with her late husband, playwright Charles MacArthur, and her work in the theater.