Cunningham, Jack, 1882-1941

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Birth 1882-04-01
Death 1941-10-04
Americans
English

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Jack Cunningham (1882-1941) was a Hollywood screenwriter and producer who worked primarily for Paramount Pictures, and developed material for many prominent stars, including Douglas Fairbanks, Barbara Stanwyck, W.C. Fields and Harold Lloyd. Cunningham began his career as a screenwriter in 1913, and had written over seventy screenplays before his epic Western THE COVERED WAGON, one of the biggest box office successes of the silent film era, brought him acclaim in 1923. In the years that followed he specialized in Westerns, and also wrote a number of swashbucklers for Douglas Fairbanks, such as THE BLACK PIRATE (1926) and THE IRON MASK (1929). In the mid-1930s Cunningham turned to comedy, writing several films for W.C. Fields including IT'S A GIFT and THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY (both 1934), MISSISSIPPI (1935), and POPPY (1936). Cunningham also wrote PROFESSOR BEWARE for Harold Lloyd in 1938 before returning to Westerns with the Cecil B. DeMille production UNION PACIFIC in 1939. Jack Cunningham died in Santa Monica, Calif, on Oct. 4, 1941, at the age of 59.

From the guide to the Jack Cunningham papers, 1922-1939, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Jack Cunningham (1882-1941) was a Hollywood screenwriter and producer who worked primarily for Paramount Pictures, and developed material for many prominent stars, including Douglas Fairbanks, Barbara Stanwyck, W.C. Fields and Harold Lloyd.

Cunningham began his career as a screenwriter in 1913, and had written over seventy screenplays before his epic Western THE COVERED WAGON, one of the biggest box office successes of the silent film era, brought him acclaim in 1923. In the years that followed he specialized in Westerns, and also wrote a number of swashbucklers for Douglas Fairbanks, such as THE BLACK PIRATE (1926) and THE IRON MASK (1929). In the mid-1930s Cunningham turned to comedy, writing several films for W.C. Fields including IT'S A GIFT and THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY (both 1934), MISSISSIPPI (1935), and POPPY (1936). Cunningham also wrote PROFESSOR BEWARE for Harold Lloyd in 1938 before returning to Westerns with the Cecil B. DeMille production UNION PACIFIC in 1939. Jack Cunningham died in Santa Monica, Calif, on Oct. 4, 1941, at the age of 59.

From the description of Jack Cunningham papers, 1922-1939. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517294

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  • Railroads--United States--History--19th century
  • Railroad construction workers--History--19th century
  • Railroad construction workers--United States--History--19th century
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Motion picture industry
  • Motion picture industry--California--Los Angeles
  • Railroads--History--19th century

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