Monckton Hoffe

Monckton Hoffe (1880–1951) was an Irish playwright and screenwriter.[1]

Reaney Monckton Hoffe-Miles
Born1880 (1880)
Connemara, Ireland
Died(1951-11-04)November 4, 1951
London, England
OccupationPlaywright and screenwriter
GenreRomantic comedy
Years active1903—1941
SpouseBarbara Conrad

Early lifeEdit

On 26 December 1880, Hoffe was born in Connemara, Ireland.[2] His full name was Reaney Monckton Hoffe-Miles.[3][4]


Hoffe was known for his romantic comedies and was well known in commercial theatre in London in the 1920s.[5][4] He wrote more than 20 plays.[3]

He was initially an actor who wrote his first play, The Lady Who Dwelt in the Dark, in 1903.[5] He became more widely known with The Little Damozel in 1909 in which Charles Hawtrey appeared. He wrote for films and broadcasting, and continued to act on stage and in films intermittently throughout his life.[4]

Hoffe was married to Barbara Conrad but the marriage was dissolved in 1923.[4]

He died on 4 November 1951 in London.[1]

Selected playsEdit

Selected ScreenplaysEdit

Honors and awardsEdit

Hoffe was nominated in 1941 for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story for the Preston Sturges comedy The Lady Eve. The winner was Here Comes Mr. Jordan.


  1. ^ a b "Monckton Hoffe". BFI. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. ^ Sturges, Preston; Henderson, Brian (1985). Five screenplays. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 384. ISBN 0-520-05442-3. OCLC 11728327.
  3. ^ a b Nicoll, Allardyce (1973). English drama, 1900–1930; the beginnings of the modern period. Cambridge [England]: University Press. pp. 727. ISBN 0-521-08416-4. OCLC 588815.
  4. ^ a b c d "Mr Monckton Hoffe. A skilful playwright". The Times (London) (52151). 6 November 1951. p. 8.
  5. ^ a b "Obituary. Monckton Hoffe". The Stage: 7. 8 November 1951.

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