Mamoulian, Rouben.

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Theatrical and film director. Born 1897; died 1987.

From the description of Rouben Mamoulian papers, 1740-1987 (bulk 1906-1987). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132863

Stage and motion picture director; interviewee d.1987.

From the description of Reminiscences of Rouben Mamoulian : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122587306

Biographical Note

  • 1897, Oct. 8: Born, Tiflis (now Tiblisi), Georgia, Caucasus, Russia
  • circa 1906 - circa 1907 : Lived in Paris, France. Went by the name of Robert Mamouloff
  • circa 1915 - circa 1917 : Studied law, University of Moscow, Russia Studied at Vachtangov Studio, Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, Russia
  • 1920: Moved to London, England
  • 1922: Director, The Beating on the Door, a play by Austin Page
  • 1923: Emigrated to the United States
  • 1923 - 1925 : Vice director, Eastman School of Music operatic department, Rochester, N.Y. Directed operas performed by the American Opera Co., Eastman Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.
  • 1925 - 1926 : Director, Eastman School of the Dance and Dramatic Action, Rochester, N.Y.
  • 1926 - 1927 : Directed productions, Theatre Guild School, Scarborough, N.Y.
  • 1927: Director, Porgy, a play by Dorothy Heyward and Du Bose Heyward
  • 1928: Director, Marco Millions, a play by Eugene O'Neill Director, These Modern Women, a play by Lawrence Langner Director, Café Tomaza, a play by William Dubois Director, Women, a play by Edith Ellis and Edward Ellis Director, Congai, a play by Harry Hervey and Carleton Hildreth Director, Wings Over Europe, a play by Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne
  • 1929: Director, R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), a play by Karel Capek Director, Game of Love and Death, a play by Romain Rolland Director, Applause, a Paramount Pictures film
  • 1930: Granted U. S. citizenship through naturalization Director and adaptor, A Month in the Country, a play by Ivan Turgenev, adapted by Rouben Mamoulian Director, Die Gluckliche Hand, music by Arnold Schoenberg Director, Solid South, a play by Lawton Campbell Director, A Farewell to Arms, a play adapted by Laurence Stallings
  • 1931: Director, City Streets, a Paramount Pictures film Director, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a Paramount Pictures film
  • 1932: Director, Love Me Tonight, a Paramount Pictures film
  • 1933: Director, Song of Songs and Queen Christina, Paramount Pictures films
  • 1934: Director, We Live Again, a Samuel Goldwyn Co. film
  • 1935: Director, Becky Sharp, Pioneer Pictures, the first Technicolor feature film Director, Porgy and Bess, a folk opera with music by George Gershwin
  • 1936: Director, The Gay Desperado, a Pickford-Lasky Productions film
  • 1936 - 1939 : Board member, Directors Guild of America (originally Screen Directors Guild of America)
  • 1937: Director, High, Wide and Handsome, a Paramount Pictures film
  • 1938: Director, Porgy and Bess, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1939: Director, Golden Boy, a Columbia Pictures film
  • 1940: Director, The Mark of Zorro, a Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. film
  • 1941: Director, Blood and Sand, a Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. film
  • 1941 - 1942 : Director, Rings on Her Fingers, a Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. film
  • 1943: Director, Oklahoma!, a musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960)
  • 1944: Fired as director of Laura, a Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. film Director, Sadie Thompson, a musical play by Howard Dietz and Mamoulian with music by Vernon Duke
  • 1944 - 1946 : Board member, Directors Guild of America
  • 1945: Married Azadia Newman (died 1999) Director, Carousel, a musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960)
  • 1946: Director, St. Louis Woman, a play by Arna Bontemps and Countee Cullen with music by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer Director, Summer Holiday, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film
  • 1948 - 1949 : Director, Leaf and Bough, a play by Joseph Hayes
  • 1949: Director, Lost in the Stars, a play by Maxwell Anderson with music by Kurt Weill
  • 1950: Director, Arms and the Girl, a play by Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields, and Mamoulian with music by Morton Gould and Dorothy Fields
  • 1952 - 1953 : Board member, Directors Guild of America
  • 1953 - 1958 : Board member and first vice president, Directors Guild of America
  • 1954: Director, Carousel, Civic Light Opera, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1955: Director, Oklahoma!, Salute to France program, Paris, France and tour of Rome, Milan, Naples, and Venice, Italy
  • 1956 - 1957 : Director, Silk Stockings, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film
  • 1958: Fired as director of Porgy and Bess, a Samuel Goldwyn Co. film
  • 1959 - 1961 : First director of Cleopatra, a Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. film; resigned Jan. 1961
  • 1964: Published Abigayil: The Story of the Cat at the Manger. Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society
  • 1965: Published Shakespeare's Hamlet: A New Version. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Co.
  • 1987, Dec. 4: Died, Los Angeles, Calif.

From the guide to the Rouben Mamoulian Papers, 1740-1987, (bulk 1906-1987), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Sadie Thompson / music by Vernon Duke, lyrics by Howard Dietz, book by Howard Dietz and Rouben Mamoulian, base on the story "Rain" by W. Somerset Maugham and the play "Rain" by Coulton and Clemence Randolph, adapted by Paul Sportelli and Christopher Newton ; directed by Christopher Newton, 2000 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Ussher, Bruno David. Bruno David Ussher collection of photographs, 1892-1957 (bulk 1922-1935). University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Webb, Mary Gladys Meredith, 1881-1927. Dialogue script for Gypsy blood, 1952, Jan. 2. University of North Texas Library, UNT
referencedIn Drawings for theater productions, 1926-1945. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Mamoulian, Rouben. Rouben Mamoulian papers, 1740-1987 (bulk 1906-1987). Library of Congress
referencedIn American Museum of the Moving Image. New York motion picture industry oral history project, 1963-1985, 1979-1985 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn De Mille, Agnes,. An oral history interview with Agnes de Mille / conducted by Peggy Sherry for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Weill-Lenya Research Center, 1991 Aug. 9 : recording and transcript. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990. Ernst Bacon collection, 1931-1990. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf Mamoulian, Rouben. Typewritten letter signed, dated : Beverly Hills, Ca., 25 January 1972, to Phillip Bloom, 1972 Jan. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Mamoulian, Rouben. Reminiscences of Rouben Mamoulian : oral history, 1958. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Duncan, Todd,. An oral history interview with Todd Duncan / conducted by Peggy Meyer Sherry for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Weill-Lenya Research Center, Washington, DC, 1991 May 2 : recording and transcript. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. The papers of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 1890-1984 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Wachsman, Robert A. Papers, [ca. 1933-ca. 1942]. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Register to the Papers of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 1890-1984, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Souvenir programs of motion pictures, 1915-1978. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Rouben Mamoulian Papers, 1740-1987, (bulk 1906-1987) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Mamoulian, Rouben. Hollywood needs a laboratory ; What makes a critic ; Colour and light in films from 1946 to 1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. The papers of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 1890-1984 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Bruno David Ussher collection of photographs, Bulk, 1922-1935, 1892-1957 USC Libraries Special Collections
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Relation Name
associatedWith American Museum of the Moving Image. corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Astaire, Fred. person
correspondedWith Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990. person
associatedWith Bailey, Pearl. person
associatedWith Bailey, Pearl. person
associatedWith Bennett, Richard, 1873-1944. person
associatedWith Bloom, Phillip, person
associatedWith Charisse, Cyd. person
associatedWith Chevalier, Maurice, 1888-1972. person
associatedWith Clayton, Jan. person
associatedWith Clayton, Jan. person
associatedWith Cooper, Gary, 1901-1961. person
associatedWith Darnell, Linda, 1921-1965. person
associatedWith Davis, Bette, 1908-1989. person
associatedWith De Mille, Agnes, person
associatedWith Dietrich, Marlene. person
associatedWith Directors Guild of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Drake, Alfred, 1914-1992. person
associatedWith Duncan, Todd, person
associatedWith Duncan, Todd. person
associatedWith Dunne, Irene, 1898-1990. person
associatedWith Eastman School of Dance and Dramatic Action. corporateBody
associatedWith Eastman School of Music. corporateBody
associatedWith Fabray, Nanette. person
associatedWith Fabray, Nanette. person
associatedWith Franklin, Joan, person
associatedWith Franklin, Robert, person
associatedWith Garbo, Greta, 1905-1990. person
associatedWith Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. person
associatedWith Harvey, Georgette. person
associatedWith Havoc, June. person
associatedWith Havoc, June. person
associatedWith Hecht, Ben, 1893-1964. person
associatedWith Holden, William, 1918-1981. person
associatedWith Hopkins, Miriam, 1902-1972. person
associatedWith Horgan, Paul, 1903-1995. person
associatedWith Landi, Elissa, 1904-1948. person
associatedWith Lenya, Lotte person
associatedWith Lunt, Alfred. person
associatedWith Lupino, Ida, 1918-1995. person
associatedWith MacArthur, Charles, 1895-1956. person
associatedWith MacDonald, Jeanette, 1903-1965. person
associatedWith Mamoulian, Azadia. person
associatedWith Mamoulian, Virginie. person
associatedWith March, Fredric, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Nazimova, 1879-1945. person
associatedWith Power, Tyrone, 1869-1931. person
associatedWith Raitt, John, 1917-2005. person
associatedWith Roberts, Joan, 1917-2012 person
associatedWith Roberts, Joan, 1922 July 15- person
associatedWith Rooney, Mickey. person
associatedWith Rooney, Mickey. person
associatedWith Saroyan, William, 1908-1981. person
associatedWith Scott, Randolph, 1898-1987. person
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Soudeikine, Serge. person
associatedWith Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011. person
associatedWith Theatre Guild. corporateBody
associatedWith Tierney, Gene. person
associatedWith Ussher, Bruno David. person
associatedWith Wachsman, Robert A. person
associatedWith Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. person
associatedWith Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946. person
associatedWith Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California
Georgia (Republic)--Tʻbilisi
United States
Social life and customs
Subject
Film criticism
Colors in motion pictures
Theater--Georgia (Republic)--Tʻbilisi
Motion picture industry
Color motion pictures
Motion pictures--Production and direction
Armenians--Social life and customs
Motion pictures--Research
Motion pictures
Arts
Motion picture producers and directors--Interviews
Armenian Americans
Film festivals
Flowers--Collection and preservation
Armenians
Armenians--United States
Cats
Theater
Armenians--California
Performing Arts
Cinematography--Lighting
Sound in motion pictures
Theatrical producers and directors--Interviews
Cinematography--Research
Theater--Production and direction
Portrait painting
Motion picture cameras
Occupation
Motion picture directors
Theatrical directors
Function

Person

Birth 1898-10-08

Death 1987-12-04

Americans

English,

Russian,

Armenian

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