Willis Goldbeck

Willis Goldbeck (October 24, 1898 – September 17, 1979) was an American screenwriter, film director and producer.[1] He wrote for 40 films between 1923 and 1962. He also directed ten films between 1942 and 1951. Willis graduated from Worcester Academy.

Willis Goldbeck
Born(1898-10-24)October 24, 1898
DiedSeptember 17, 1979(1979-09-17) (aged 80)
  • Screenwriter
  • film director
  • film producer
  • journalist
Years active1923–62


Willis Goldbeck was born in New York City. A former journalist, Goldbeck entered films as a screenwriter in the early 1920s. He wrote most of the "Dr. Kildare" series for MGM, starting with the first one, Young Dr. Kildare (1938), and directed several of them. Although he directed several more films after that—including one of Burt Lancaster's early swashbucklers, Ten Tall Men (1951)—he mainly concentrated on screenwriting, and in the mid-1950s turned to producing. He retired from films in 1962. He died September 17, 1979 in Sag Harbor, New York, a month before his 81st birthday.

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  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2016). "Willis Goldbeck". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2011.

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