Louis Sarecky

Louis Sarecky (January 26, 1886 – March 4, 1946) was an American film producer and screenwriter at the very beginning of the sound era of motion pictures. Born in 1886 in Odessa in what was then the Russian Empire (today now part of Ukraine), he began his career in the last year of silent film, 1928, working on five films that year, four as screenwriter and one as producer. While he is only credited with working on 26 films, some of those were among the most popular films at that time: The Vagabond Lover (1929), Rudy Vallée's screen debut; The Cuckoos, starring the comedy team of Wheeler & Woolsey; and Friends and Lovers in 1931, starring Adolphe Menjou and Laurence Olivier. His crowning achievement would be the Academy Award-winning 1931 film Cimarron. Sarecky was the associate producer on the film, as well as helping adapt the screenplay, although he was uncredited for the latter. Since the film won the Oscar for both outstanding production and best adapted screenplay, he would have the dubious distinction of contributing in both those fields, yet not receiving an Academy Award himself (William LeBaron would receive the Outstanding Production Oscar, while Howard Estabrook would get the writing statue).[1]

Louis Sarecky
Born(1886-01-26)January 26, 1886
Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire
DiedMarch 4, 1946(1946-03-04) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationProducer, screenwriter
Years active1928–1941

Sarecky was the brother to the more well-known writer and producer, Barney Sarecky. Louis would die in Los Angeles California in 1946.


(as per AFI's database)[2]

Year Title Role Notes
1928 Stocks and Blondes Producer
1928 Blockade Screenplay
1928 Hey Rube! Screenplay
1928 His Last Haul Original story
1928 Legionnaires in Paris Original story
1929 Night Parade Associate producer
1929 Street Girl Associate producer
1929 Tanned Legs Producer
1929 The Vagabond Lover Associate Producer
1929 Love in the Desert Original story
1930 The Cuckoos Associate Producer
1930 Leathernecking Associate Producer
1930 Shooting Straight Producer
1931 Cimarron Associate Producer, screenplay
1931 Are These Our Children? Associate Producer
1931 Friends and Lovers Producer
1931 Everything's Rosie Associate Producer
1931 Kept Husbands Associate Producer, screenplay
1931 The Public Defender Associate Producer
1931 Secret Service Associate Producer
1931 The Runaround Associate Producer
1931 Young Donovan's Kid Associate Producer
1932 The Lost Squadron Associate Producer
1932 Girl of the Rio Associate Producer
1934 Gridiron Flash Associate Producer
1941 Kansas Cyclone Original story


  1. ^ "The 4th Academy Awards - 1932". Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Retrieved October 10, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Louis Sarecky". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 10, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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