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Felix Jackson (June 5, 1902 – December 7, 1992) was a German-born American screenwriter and film producer. He was born in Hamburg as Felix Joachimson. Jackson was a city editor in Germany at 21, then a dramatic and music critic, and helped manage three theaters in Berlin. He joined Joe Pasternak as a producer in Budapest in 1933.[1] He began working in the German film industry, before relocating after the rise of the Nazi party. He moved to Austria and Hungary in the mid-1930s where he frequently collaborated with the director Henry Koster. His screenplay for the 1935 film Little Mother served as the basis for a Hollywood remake Bachelor Mother (1939) which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Felix Jackson
Felix Jackson by Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez for Re Form School (5071557217).jpg
Felix Jackson by Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez for Re:Form School
Felix Joachimson

(1902-06-05)June 5, 1902
DiedDecember 7, 1992(1992-12-07) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesFelix Joachimson
OccupationScreenwriter, film producer
Spouse(s)Ellen Levy (19? – 192?) divorced one son Ralph Jackson (formerly Joachimson); Licci Balla (?–1940; divorced)
Jill Jackson (1940–44; divorced; 2 children)
Deanna Durbin (1945–49; divorced; 1 child)
Ilka (?–1992; his death) one son

Jackson moved to Hollywood in the late 1930s, writing the screenplay for Destry Rides Again (1939) a western starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich.[2] Naturalised U.S. citizen december 13, 1940, he was active in the European Film Fund, which provided support to European emigre filmmakers. He produced several Deanna Durbin films for Universal Pictures and they married in 1945. He joined the advertising agency Young and Rubicam in 1946, heading up its dramatic-television department. He served as executive producer of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse which aired on the ABC television network.[3]

In his fifties, Felix Jackson published a few novels.[4]


Selected filmographyEdit


  • So Help Me God (1955)
  • Maestro (1957).


  1. ^ The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, December 7, 1952
  2. ^ Bach p.246
  3. ^ The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, December 7, 1952
  4. ^ Felix Jackson Is Dead; Film Producer Was 90, in: The New York Times, December 16, 1992


  • Bach, Stephen. Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

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