Robert Maxwell (producer)

Robert Maxwell Joffe (January 31, 1908 – February 3, 1971) was an American radio and television producer, screenwriter, and entertainment executive. He was one of the producers (and a writer and director) of The Adventures of Superman radio show and a producer of several TV series, including the early episodes of both Adventures of Superman (1951–1954) and Lassie (1954–1957; executive producer 1957-1958). Maxwell acquired the rights to Lassie in 1953 for $2,000 and sold the popular television program starring the collie to Jack Wrather in 1956 for a reported $3.5 million.[1]

Robert Maxwell
Born
Robert Maxwell Joffe

(1908-01-31)January 31, 1908
DiedFebruary 3, 1971(1971-02-03) (aged 63)
Other namesRobert Joffe Maxwell
Robert J. Maxwell
Robert Maxwell
Bob Maxwell
Richard Fielding
OccupationRadio and television producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Jessica Fielding Maxwell
Dusty Bruce Maxwell
Barbara Maxwell

He also was the producer of Creeps by Night (1944) on the Blue Network.[2]

He also wrote episodes of the Superman radio and TV series as Richard Fielding (a pseudonym that he shared with fellow producers Whitney Ellsworth and Maxwell's then wife, Jessica Fielding Maxwell).

At the time of his death in Toronto, Canada, he was married to Barbara Maxwell and had two sons.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Robert Maxwell of 'Lassie' Series". NY Times. February 5, 1971. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-08. Creeps By Night, Robert Maxwell.
  • DeForest, Tim (2004). "Superman". Storytelling in the Pulps, Comics, and Radio: How Technology Changed Popular Fiction in America. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-1902-4.
  • Grossman, Gary H. (1976). Superman: Serial to Cereal. Popular Library.
  • Collins, Ace (1993). Lassie: A Dog's Life. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-023183-0.

External linksEdit