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Aeneas MacKenzie, or Æneas MacKenzie (August 15, 1889 in Stornoway, Scotland – June 2, 1962 in Los Angeles), was a Scottish-American screenwriter. MacKenzie wrote many notable Hollywood films, including: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), Ivanhoe (1952), and The Ten Commandments (1956).
In January 1938 he was under contract to Warner Bros to write what would become Juarez. In February 1939 he was working on a biopic of John Paul Jones for James Cagney. He also wrote a biopic of Disraeli for Claude Rains. Neither were made but by July 1940 he was working on a biopic of George Custer which became They Died with Their Boots On. MacKenzie wrote The Widow of Devil's Island for Bette Davis. In March 1942 he was working on a movie about Sing Sing prison.
In October 1943 RKO announced they would make a film from his original story, The Spanish Main.
In July 1946 he wrote a script of Ivanhoe for Paramount. The project was postponed due to the Palestine Cris and instead MacKenzie was assigned to do a biopic on Ludwig II for producer Robert Fellows. A year later his Ivanhoe script was sold to RKO. They sold it to MGM who successfully filmed it several years later.
He worked on the script for The Black Book (1949).
In January 1950 he sold a script to Douglas Fairbanks Jr which became Against All Flags. Several months later MacKenzie sold this story to Universal who hired him to write the script. Also at Universal he did The Prince Who Was a Thief.
MacKenzie later headed the script team on The Ten Commandments.
In July 1957 he was writing Peter and Catherine about Russia in the 18th century for Ross Hunter at Universal.
- Juarez (1939)
- The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
- They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
- The Navy Comes Through (1942)
- The Woman of the Town (1943)
- The Fighting Seabees (1944)
- Buffalo Bill (1944)
- Back to Bataan (1945)
- The Spanish Main (1945)
- Reign of Terror (1949)
- The Avengers (1950)
- Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
- The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)
- Ivanhoe (1952)
- Face to Face (1952)
- Against All Flags (1952)
- L'amante di Paride (Loves of Three Queens) (1954)
- The Ten Commandments (1956)
- The King's Pirate (1967)
- "Bobbing East Lynne". Variety. 30 July 1930. p. 3.
- MAXIMILIAN STORY IS IN LINE FOR MUNI New York Times 18 Jan 1938: 27.
- Karloff Plays Sorcerer in 'Witches' Sabbath': Los Angeles Times 9 Feb 1939: A18.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times]24 Mar 1939: 27.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 18 July 1940: 26.
- News From Hollywood Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. 4 Feb 1941: 19.
- Jean Arthur May Be Featured in 'Another Dawn New York Times 19 Mar 1942: 29.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 13 Oct 1943: 29.
- PARAMOUNT TO DO FILM ON 'IVANHOE' New York Times 19 July 1946: 13.
- Few Changes Made in Tailoring 'Mourning Becomes Electra' For the Camera New York Times 16 Feb 1947: X5.
- RANK-RKO TO FILM SCOTT'S 'IVANHOE' New York Times 17 June 1947: 30.
- Drama: Pirate Picture Shapes for Fairbanks Los Angeles Times 20 Jan 1950: 23.
- PRODUCTION CHIEF QUITS PARAMOUNT. New York Times 6 July 1950: 31.
- U.-I. WILL DO FILM ON GENGHIS KHAN New York Times 10 Aug 1950: 21.
- DeMille Scribes Scour History for Latest 'Commandments' By AENEAS MacKENZIE. New York Times 31 July 1955: X5.
- STAGE DIRECTOR SIGNS FILM PACT: Martin Ritt in Two-Picture Deal With Fox--Universal Reactivates 'Katrina' Pearl Buck to Visit Hollywood By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times. 22 July 1957: 15.
- EVYAN PERFUMES FORMS MOVIE FIRM New York Times 6 Oct 1958: 38.
- 'Tanglewood' Pair Chosen by Ephron: Los Angeles Times 22 Aug 1958: A9.
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