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Elliott Nugent (September 20, 1896 in Dover, Ohio – August 9, 1980 in New York City) was an American actor, playwright, writer, and film director.

Elliott Nugent
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Nugent in a 1947 publicity photo
BornSeptember 20, 1896
Dover, Ohio
DiedAugust 9, 1980 (aged 83)



Nugent, the son of actor J. C. Nugent,[1] successfully made the transition from silent film to sound. He directed The Cat and the Canary (1939), starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. He also directed the Hope films Never Say Die (1939) and My Favorite Brunette (1947).[2]

Nugent was a college classmate (and lifelong friend) of fellow Ohioan James Thurber. Together, they wrote the Broadway play The Male Animal (1940)[1] in which Nugent starred with Gene Tierney. He also directed the 1942 Warner Bros. film version of The Male Animal, starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.[citation needed]

Nugent was the brother-in-law of actor Alan Bunce of Ethel and Albert fame.

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  1. ^ a b Cullen, Frank; Hackman, Florence; McNeilly, Donald (2007). Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America. Psychology Press. p. 838. ISBN 9780415938532. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ Elliott Nugent on IMDb

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