Logan, Joshua

Logan, Joshua,

1908–88, American theatrical and film director and writer, b. Texarkana, Tex. He directed several successes in New York, including Knickerbocker Holiday (1938) and Annie Get Your Gun (1946). Later he was director, producer, and coauthor of Mr. Roberts (1948), South Pacific (1949; Pulitzer Prize; film, 1958), and Fanny (written with S. N. Behrman, 1954; film, 1961). His other films include Picnic (1955), Sayonara (1957), and Camelot (1967).


See his autobiography (1976).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

Logan, Joshua (Lockwood III)

(1908–88) theater/movie director, playwright; born in Texarkana, Texas. He studied at Princeton and in the late 1920s organized a summer stock company on Cape Cod that launched the careers of actors such as James Stewart and Henry Fonda. He then studied at the Moscow Art Theater under Constantin Stanislavsky and began to direct and act on Broadway as well as work on Hollywood movies. His schedule led to a nervous collapse in the early 1940s but he recovered and served with the U.S. Air Force Combat Intelligence in World War II. He returned to direct a series of hit plays and musicals including Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Mister Roberts (also cowrote stage version) (1948), South Pacific (also cowrote book) (1949); he also directed several successful movies including Picnic (1955), Bus Stop (1956), and Camelot (1967). In 1977 he acted and sang in his own nightclub show at the Rainbow Grill in New York City.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.