S. Sylvan Simon

S. Sylvan Simon (March 9, 1910 – May 17, 1951) was an American stage/film director and producer. He directed numerous Hollywood films in the late 1930s to 1940s, and was the producer of Born Yesterday (1950).

S. Sylvan Simon
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S. Sylvan Simon between Abbott (left) and Costello during the filming of Rio Rita in 1942
Born(1910-03-09)March 9, 1910
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedMay 17, 1951(1951-05-17) (aged 41)[1]
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s)Harriet Berk

Life and workEdit

Born in Chicago, Simon earned BA and MA degrees at the University of Michigan, and later attended Columbia Law School.[1]

Simon began his film career at Warner Bros. in 1935, directing screen tests. In 1937, he moved to MGM, where he worked on the Marx Brothers' The Big Store, supervising many of the slapstick sequences. He directed Red Skelton's first starring feature, 1941's Whistling in the Dark, and later worked on two more Skelton vehicles, A Southern Yankee and The Fuller Brush Man, in 1948. Simon also directed Wallace Beery in Bad Bascomb (1946), and a Glenn Ford western, Lust for Gold (1949).

Simon was the producer of Born Yesterday,[1] a 1950 comedy that was nominated for five Academy Awards.

He died of a heart attack, in Hollywood, California, at the age of 41.[1] His ashes were interred in a small unassuming bronze nameplate niche at Columbarium of Memory (Niche # 20174), in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California.

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