Balderston, John L. (John Lloyd), 1889-1954

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Journalist and playwright of Beverly Hills, Calif.

From the description of John L. Balderston papers, 1915-1950. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80158323

Playwright and screenwriter, John L. Balderston was born in Philadelphia, but lived for many years in England.

He trained as a journalist, was a war correspondent during World War I and in the early 1920s worked as a journalist in London. As a playwright, Balderston often worked in collaboration and specialized in horror, fantasy and romantic adventure scripts.

From the description of John L. Balderston papers, 1915-1950. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 86164371

John L. Balderston was born in Philadelphia and began his newspaper career in 1912 while still a student at Columbia University as the New York correspondent for The Philadelphia Record . He was a war correspondent for the McClure Newspaper Syndicate during World War I and then director of information in England and Ireland for the U.S. Committee on Public Information. In the early 1920s he was editor of Outlook Magazine in London and then head of the London bureau for the New York World . Balderston retired from the newspaper field when The World went out of business in 1931.

Balderston had had his first success as a playwright with the 1926 London production of Berkeley Square that he wrote with Jack Squire, the editor of The London Mercury . The play was not produced in the U.S. until 1929 with Leslie Howard in the lead. He also wrote books and screenplays. Balderston often worked in collaboration and specialized in horror, fantasy and romantic adventure scripts. Scripts he worked on include Dracula, Frankenstein, Red Planet, Gone with the Wind and Gaslight .

From the guide to the John L. Balderston papers, 1915-1950, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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referencedIn Review of Reviews (New York, N. Y.), Golden Book Magazine, editorial correspondence, 1921-1935. Houghton Library
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Berkeley Square / by John L. Balderston ; directed by Neil Munro, 1989 - performance file. University of Guelph
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Berkley Square / by John L. Balderston ; directed by Neil Munro, 1989 - production photos. University of Guelph
creatorOf John L. Balderston papers, 1915-1950 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Berkeley Square / by John Lloyd Balderston ; directed by Neil Munro, technical drawings by Cameron Porteous, 1989. University of Guelph
creatorOf Balderston, John L. (John Lloyd), 1889-1954. John L. Balderston papers, 1915-1950. Library of Congress
creatorOf Zilahy, Lajos, 1891-1974. Farewell performance; a play in three acts, from the Hungarian; adapted into English, by John L. Balderston. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Brunius, Jacques-B. Jacques-B. Brunius papers, 1929-1967. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Morgan, Louise. Louise Morgan and Otto Theis papers 1903-1983 (bulk 1930-1960). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Levien, Sonya, 1898-1960. Papers of Sonya Levien, 1908-1960. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Berkeley Square / by John L. Balderston ; directed by Neil munro, 1989 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Louise Morgan and Otto Theis papers, 1903-1983 (inclusive, 1930-1960 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Fort, Garrett. "Frankenstein" : screenplay / by Garrett Fort, Francis Edwards Faragoh. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1921-1951. Houghton Library
creatorOf Balderston, John L. (John Lloyd), 1889-1954. John L. Balderston papers, 1915-1950. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Balderston, John L. (John Lloyd), 1889-1954. Red planet. Act I. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Berkeley Square / by John L. Balderston ; directed by Neil Munro, 1989 - videotape. University of Guelph
creatorOf Moore, George, 1852-1933. The brook Kerith, a spiritual drama in four acts and seven scenes; scenario, by George Moore and John Lloyd Balderston. Arizona State University Libraries
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correspondedWith Bell, Ulric, 1891-1960 person
associatedWith Brunius, Jacques-B. person
associatedWith Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies. corporateBody
associatedWith David O. Selznick person
associatedWith Fort, Garrett. person
associatedWith George Moore person
correspondedWith Harwood, Friniwyd Tennyson person
associatedWith Hoare, John Edward, 1886- person
associatedWith Jack Squire person
associatedWith Leach, Henry Goddard, 1880-1970 person
correspondedWith Lee, Jennie, 1904- person
associatedWith Levien, Sonya, 1898-1960. person
correspondedWith Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974 person
associatedWith Moore, George, 1852-1933. person
associatedWith Morgan, Louise. person
associatedWith Review of Reviews (New York, N. Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Russell, Alys Whitall Pearsall, d.1951 person
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
correspondedWith Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946 person
associatedWith Squire, John Collings, Sir, 1884-1958. person
correspondedWith Street, Julian, 1879-1947 person
correspondedWith Streit, Clarence K. (Clarence Kirshman), 1896-1986 person
correspondedWith Swing, Raymond, 1887-1968 person
associatedWith White, William Allen, 1868-1944. person
associatedWith William Allen White Committee News Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Zilahy, Lajos, 1891-1974. person
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United States
Subject
World War, 1939-1945--Journalists
Screenwriters
World War, 1914-1918--Journalists
Playwriting
Occupation
Journalists
Dramatists
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Birth 1889-10-22

Death 1954-03-08

English

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