Arthur Hornblow Jr.

Arthur Hornblow Jr. (March 15, 1893 – July 17, 1976) was an American film producer.

Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Arthur Hornblow Jr. and Myrna Loy
soon after their marriage in 1936
Born(1893-03-15)March 15, 1893
New York City, New York, United States
DiedJuly 17, 1976(1976-07-17) (aged 83)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationFilm producer
Juliette Crosby
(m. 1924; div. 1936)

(m. 1936; div. 1942)

(m. 1945)


Hornblow was the son of Arthur Hornblow Sr. (1865–1942), a writer who edited Theatre Magazine in New York City.

Hornblow graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City, in 1911, before studying at Dartmouth College and New York Law School,[1] and was a member of the fraternity Theta Delta Chi. He served in counter-intelligence during World War I,[1] and then tried his hand at playwriting. He was then hired as a production supervisor by Sam Goldwyn at Paramount in 1927.[1]

Initially, he specialized in the popular screwball comedies, eventually giving Billy Wilder his first directing job, and producing several films starring Bob Hope.[1] These included The Cat and the Canary (1939), The Ghost Breakers (1940) and Nothing But the Truth (1941).[2] In 1942 he moved to MGM where he produced Gaslight and several film noir. In the 1950s, now an independent producer rather that a studio employee, he worked on the musical Oklahoma and the courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution, directed by his former Paramount colleague, Billy Wilder.

He gave aspiring actress Marie Windsor her first screen test, and Constance Ockelman her new name, Veronica Lake.

Oscar nominationsEdit

As a producer he was nominated for an Academy Award 'Best Picture' Oscar four times, but failed to win.


He allowed a version of his last name be used by C. S. Forester (who, together with Niven Busch, was a scriptwriter for one of the films he directed[3]) for the fictional sea captain Horatio Hornblower.[4][5]

Selected filmographyEdit

Hornblow and Paulette Goddard on the set of The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Books by Arthur and Leonora HornblowEdit

The Hornblows, Frith, and Random House collaborated to produce numerous sequels, Birds Do the Strangest Things (1965), and so on.

Books by Arthur HornblowEdit

  • A History of the Theatre in America From its Beginnings to the Present Time Vol. 1 (J.B. Lippincott Company, 1919), ISBN 9781628452334
  • A History of the Theatre in America From its Beginnings to the Present Time Vol. 2 (J.B. LIppincott Company, 1919), ISBN 9781628452594


  1. ^ a b c d "Arthur Hornblow Jr". IMDB. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Hal Erickson (2016). "Arthur Hornblow Jr". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ Sanford Sternlicht (1 November 1999). C. S. Forester and the Hornblower Saga: Revised Edition. Syracuse University Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-8156-0621-5.
  4. ^ Nicholas Meyer (20 August 2009). The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. Penguin Publishing Group. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-101-13347-7.
  5. ^ Stefan Rabitsch (6 December 2018). Star Trek and the British Age of Sail: The Maritime Influence Throughout the Series and Films. McFarland. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-4766-3419-7.

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