Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. After writing scripts for radio shows after college and training films for the U. S. Army during World War II, Laurents turned to writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that includes West Side Story and Hallelujah, Baby!, directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions. His early film scripts include Rope for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia, Bonjour Tristesse, The Way We Were, The Turning Point. Born Arthur Levine, Laurents was the son of middle-class Jewish parents, a lawyer and a schoolteacher who gave up her career when she married, he was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, New York, the elder of two children, attended Erasmus Hall High School. His sister Edith suffered from chorea as a child, his paternal grandparents were Orthodox Jews, his mother's parents, although born Jewish, were atheists. His mother kept a kosher home for her husband's sake, but was lax about attending synagogue and observing the Jewish holidays.
His Bar Mitzvah marked the end of Laurents's religious education and the beginning of his rejection of all fundamentalist religions, although he continued to identify himself as Jewish. However, late in life he admitted to having changed his last name from Levine to the less Jewish-sounding Laurents, "to get a job."After graduating from Cornell University, Laurents took an evening class in radio writing at New York University. William N. Robson, his instructor, a CBS Radio director/producer, submitted his script Now Playing Tomorrow, a comedic fantasy about clairvoyance, to the network, it was produced in the Columbia Workshop series on January 30, 1939, with Shirley Booth in the lead role, it was Laurents' first professional credit. The show's success led to him being hired to write scripts for various radio shows, among them Lux Radio Theater. Laurents' career was interrupted when he was drafted into the U. S. Army in the middle of World War II. Through a series of clerical errors, he never saw battle, but instead was assigned to the U.
S. Army Pictorial Service located in a film studio in Astoria, where he wrote training films and met, among others, George Cukor and William Holden, he was reassigned to write plays for Armed Service Force Presents, a radio show that dramatized the contributions of all branches of the armed forces. According to John Clum, "Laurents was always a mirror of his times. Through his best work, one sees a staged history of leftist and gay politics in the decades after World War II." After graduating from Cornell University in 1937, Laurents went to work as a writer for radio drama at CBS in New York. His military duties during World War II, which consisted of writing training films and radio scripts for Armed Service Force Presents, brought him into contact with some of the best film directors—distinguished director George Cukor directed his first script. Laurents's work in radio and film during World War II was an excellent apprenticeship for a budding playwright and screenwriter, he had the good fortune to be based in New York City.
His first stage play, Home of the Brave, was produced in 1945. The sale of the play to a film studio gave Laurents the entrée he needed to become a Hollywood screenwriter though he continued, with mixed success, to write plays; the most important of his early screenplays is his adaptation of Rope for Alfred Hitchcock. Soon after being discharged from the Army, Laurents met ballerina Nora Kaye, the two became involved in an on-again, off-again romantic relationship. While Kaye was on tour with Fancy Free, Laurents continued to write for the radio but was becoming discontented with the medium. At the urging of Martin Gabel, he spent nine consecutive nights writing a play In 1962, Laurents directed I Can Get It for You Wholesale, which helped to turn then-unknown Barbra Streisand into a star, his next project was the stage musical Anyone Can Whistle, which he directed and for which he wrote the book, but it proved to be an infamous flop. He had success with the musicals Hallelujah, Baby! and La Cage Aux Folles, which he directed, however Nick & Nora was not successful.
In 2008, Laurents directed a Broadway revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, in 2009, he tackled a bilingual revival of West Side Story, with Spanish translations of some dialogue and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. While preparing West Side Story, he noted, "The musical theatre and cultural conventions of 1957 made it next to impossible for the characters to have authenticity." Following the production's March 19 opening at the Palace Theatre, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the translations "an only successful experiment" and added, "Mr. Laurents has exchanged insolence for innocence and, as with most such bargains, there are dividends and losses." The national tour was directed by David Saint, Laurents' assistant director on the Broadway production. The Spanish lyrics and dialog were reduced from about 18% of the total to about 10%. Laurents' first Hollywood experience proved to be a frustrating disappointment. Director Anatole Litvak, unhappy with the script submitted by Frank Partos and Millen Brand for The Snake Pit, hired Laurents to rewrite it.
Partos and Brand insisted the bulk of the shooting script was theirs, produced carbon copies of many of the pages Laurents had written to bolster their claim. Having destroyed the original script and all his notes and rewritten pages after completing the project, Laurents had no way to prove most of the work was his, the Writers Guild of America denied him scre
Louella Parsons was the first American movie columnist and a screenwriter. She was retained by William Randolph Hearst because she had praised Hearst's mistress Marion Davies. At her peak, her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide, she remained Queen of Hollywood until the arrival of flamboyant Hedda Hopper, who displayed similar talents, with whom she feuded viciously for years. Louella Parsons was born Louella Rose Oettinger in Freeport, the daughter of Helen and Joshua Oettinger, her father was of German Jewish descent, as was her maternal grandfather, while her maternal grandmother, Jeanette Wilcox, was of Irish origin. During her childhood, her parents attended an Episcopal church, she had two brothers and Fred, a sister, Rae. In 1890, her widowed mother married John H. Edwards, they lived in Dixon, hometown of Ronald Reagan. Parsons decided to become a reporter during high school. On June 4, 1901, at her high school graduation, she gave a foretelling speech, entitled "Great Men", after which her principal announced that she would become a great writer.
After high school, Parsons enrolled in a teacher’s course at a local Dixon college. She received a financial contribution from a distant German relative. While still in college, Parsons obtained her first newspaper job as a part-time writer for the Dixon Star. In 1902, she became the first female journalist in Dixon, where she gossiped about Dixon social circles, making a step towards her Hollywood career, she and her first husband, John Parsons, moved to Iowa. Her only child, who grew up to become a film producer, was born there. While in Burlington, Parsons saw The Great Train Robbery; when her marriage broke up, Parsons moved to Chicago. In 1912, she had her first taste of the movie industry by selling a script for $25 to the Essanay Company, which would soon be employing Charlie Chaplin, her small daughter, was billed as "Baby Parsons" in several movies, which included The Magic Wand, written by Louella Parsons. She wrote a book titled How to Write for the Movies. In 1914, Parsons began writing the first gossip column in the United States for the Chicago Record Herald.
William Randolph Hearst bought that newspaper in 1918 and Parsons was out of a job, as Hearst had not yet discovered that movies and movie personalities were news. Parsons moved to New York City and started working for the New York Morning Telegraph writing a similar movie column, which attracted the attention of Hearst. In 1923, after shrewd bargaining on both sides, she signed a contract and joined the Hearst newspaper the New York American. There was persistent speculation that Parsons was elevated to the Hearst chain's lead gossip columnist because of a scandal she didn't write about. Director Thomas Ince died aboard Hearst's yacht in 1924 under murky circumstances. Hearst newspapers falsely claimed that Ince had not been aboard the boat at all and had fallen ill at Hearst's home. Charlie Chaplin's secretary reported seeing a bullet hole in Ince's head when his body was carried off the yacht, it has been written that Chaplin was conducting an affair with Hearst's mistress, that an attempt to shoot Chaplin may have caused Ince's death.
Aboard the yacht that night was Parsons, who ignored the story in her columns. In 1925, Parsons was told she had six months to live, she moved to Arizona for the dry climate to Los Angeles, where she decided to stay. With the disease in remission, she went back to work, becoming a syndicated Hollywood columnist for Hearst; as she and the publishing mogul developed an ironclad relationship, her Los Angeles Examiner column came to appear in over six hundred newspapers the world over, with a readership of more than twenty-million, Parsons became one of the most powerful voices in the movie business with her daily allotment of gossip. According to Hearst's mistress and protégé Marion Davies, Parsons had encouraged readers to "give this girl a chance" while the majority of critics disparaged Davies. Beginning in 1928, she hosted a weekly radio program featuring movie star interviews, sponsored by SunKist. A similar program in 1931 was sponsored by Charis Foundation Garment. In 1934, she signed a contract with the Campbell's Soup Company and began hosting a program titled Hollywood Hotel, which showcased stars in scenes from their upcoming movies.
She was associated with various Hearst enterprises for the rest of her career. Parsons saw herself as the moral arbiter of Hollywood, her judgments were considered the final word in many cases, many feared her disfavor more than that of movie critics. Parson's daily gossip column appeared in more than 400 newspapers, read by 20 million people around the world, her unofficial title ‘Queen of Hollywood’ was challenged in 1938 by newcomer Hedda Hopper, to whom she was friendly and helpful. But they became Hopper being classed as the more vicious and unforgiving of the two. Parsons appeared in numerous cameo spots in movies, including Hollywood Hotel, Without Reservations, Starlift. In 1944, she wrote her memoirs, The Gay Illiterate, published by Doubleday and Company, which became a bestseller; that was followed by another volume in 1961, Tell It to Louella, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. After the 1950s, Parsons's influence diminished, she continued her column until December 1965 when it was taken over by her assistant, Dorothy Manners, writing the column for more than a year.
Parsons was married three
20th Century Fox
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is an American film studio, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is located on its namesake studio lot in the Century City area of Los Angeles. For over 84 years, it was one of the "Big Six" major American film studios. In 1985, the studio was acquired by News Corporation, succeeded by 21st Century Fox in 2013 following the spin-off of its publishing assets. In 2019, The Walt Disney Company acquired 20th Century Fox through its merger with 21st Century Fox. Starting with Breakthrough, all studio releases will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Disney now owns the rights to the studio's pre-merger film library. Twentieth Century Pictures' Joseph Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck left United Artists over a stock dispute, began merger talks with the management of financially struggling Fox Film, under President Sidney Kent. Spyros Skouras manager of the Fox West Coast Theaters, helped make it happen.
The company had been struggling since founder William Fox lost control of the company in 1930. The new company, 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, began trading on May 31, 1935. Kent remained at the company, joining Zanuck. Zanuck replaced Winfield Sheehan as the company's production chief; the company established a special training school. Lynn Bari, Patricia Farr and Anne Nagel were among 14 young women "launched on the trail of film stardom" on August 6, 1935, when they each received a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox after spending 18 months in the school; the contracts included a studio option for renewal for as long as seven years. For many years, 20th Century Fox claimed to have been founded in 1915, the year Fox Film was founded. For instance, it marked 1945 as its 30th anniversary. However, in recent years it has claimed the 1935 merger as its founding though most film historians agree it was founded in 1915; the company's films retained the 20th Century Pictures searchlight logo on their opening credits as well as its opening fanfare, but with the name changed to 20th Century-Fox.}
After the merger was completed, Zanuck signed young actors to help carry 20th Century-Fox: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Sonja Henie, Betty Grable. Fox hired Alice Faye and Shirley Temple, who appeared in several major films for the studio in the 1930's. Higher attendance during World War II helped Fox overtake RKO and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to become the third most profitable film studio. In 1941, Zanuck was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Signal Corps and assigned to supervise production of U. S. Army training films, his partner, William Goetz, filled in at Fox. In 1942, Spyros Skouras succeeded Kent as president of the studio. During the next few years, with pictures like The Razor's Edge, Gentleman's Agreement, The Snake Pit and Pinky, Zanuck established a reputation for provocative, adult films. Fox specialized in adaptations of best-selling books such as Ben Ames Williams' Leave Her to Heaven, starring Gene Tierney, the highest-grossing Fox film of the 1940s.
Fox produced film versions of Broadway musicals, including the Rodgers and Hammerstein films, beginning with the musical version of State Fair, the only work that the partnership wrote for films. After the war, with the advent of television, audiences drifted away. 20th Century-Fox held on to its theaters until a court-mandated "divorce". That year, with attendance at half the 1946 level, 20th Century-Fox gambled on an unproven gimmick. Noting that the two film sensations of 1952 had been Cinerama, which required three projectors to fill a giant curved screen, "Natural Vision" 3D, which got its effects of depth by requiring the use of polarized glasses, Fox mortgaged its studio to buy rights to a French anamorphic projection system which gave a slight illusion of depth without glasses. President Spyros Skouras struck a deal with the inventor Henri Chrétien, leaving the other film studios empty-handed, in 1953 introduced CinemaScope in the studio's groundbreaking feature film The Robe. Zanuck announced in February 1953.
To convince theater owners to install this new process, Fox agreed to help pay conversion costs. Seeing the box-office for the first two CinemaScope features, The Robe and How to Marry a Millionaire, Warner Bros. MGM, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Disney adopted the process. In 1956 Fox engaged Robert Lippert to establish a subsidiary company, Regal Pictures Associated Producers Incorporated to film B pictures in CinemaScope. Fox produced new musicals using the CinemaScope process including Carousel and The King and I. CinemaScope brought a brief upturn in attendance; that year Darryl Zanuck announced his resignation as head of production. Zanuck moved to Paris, setting up as an independent producer being in the United States for many years. Zanuck's successor, producer Buddy Adler, died a year later. President Spyros Skouras brought in a series of production executives, but none had Zanuck's success. By the early 1960s, Fox was in trouble. A new version of Cleopatra had begun in 1959 with Joan Collins in the
Alfred Newman (composer)
Alfred Newman was an American composer and conductor of film music. From his start as a music prodigy, he came to be regarded as a respected figure in the history of film music, he was nominated forty-three times. In a career spanning more than four decades, Newman composed the scores for over 200 motion pictures; some of his most famous scores include Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Mark of Zorro, How Green Was My Valley, The Song of Bernadette, Captain from Castile, All About Eve, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, The Diary of Anne Frank, How The West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told, his final score, all of which were nominated for or won Academy Awards. He is best known for composing the fanfare which accompanies the studio logo at the beginning of 20th Century Fox's productions. Newman was highly regarded as a conductor, arranged and conducted many scores by other composers, including George Gershwin, Charlie Chaplin, Irving Berlin, he conducted the music for many film adaptations of Broadway musicals, as well as many original Hollywood musicals.
He was among the first musicians to compose and conduct original music during Hollywood's Golden Age of movies becoming a respected and powerful music director in the history of Hollywood. Newman and two of his fellow composers, Max Steiner and Dimitri Tiomkin, were considered the "three godfathers of film music". Newman was born on March 17, 1900, in New Haven, the eldest of ten children to Russian Jewish parents who emigrated shortly before his birth. Although many sources show a birth year of 1901, musicologist and composer Fred Steiner revealed that Alfred was born in 1900, his father, Michael Newman, was a produce dealer and his mother, took care of the family. Her father had been a cantor in Russia, she sent her first born, to a local piano teacher to begin lessons when he was five. At one point, in order to take lessons, he walked a ten-mile round trip. With enough to live on, his parents once had to sell their dog to make ends meet. By the age of eight he had become known locally as a piano prodigy.
His talent led virtuoso Ignacy Jan Paderewski to arrange a recital for him in New York, where Sigismund Stojowski and Alexander Lambert, at different periods, took him as a pupil. To save Newman commuting cost, Stojowski convinced a ticket inspector to let young Newman sometimes travel free. Stojowski offered him a scholarship, after which Newman won a silver medal and a gold medal in a competition, he studied harmony and composition with Rubin Goldmark and George Wedge. By the time Newman was 12, his parents' meager income was not enough to support his large family, which led to him searching for ways to earn an income from music to help his family, he began playing in theaters and restaurants, including the Strand theater and the Harlem Opera House, with a schedule that had him playing five shows a day. During the shows, he accompanied singers as pianist. Grace La Rue, star of one the shows, was taken by Newman's talent and signed him on as her regular accompanist. Newman, at 13 attracted the attention of author Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who wanted to promote him to those who could further his music ambition.
She admired his ability to play Mendelssohn, Liszt and other composers, with equal skill, in her opinion, as Paderewski. She said he "possessed most unusual moral qualities and characteristics": He is a beautiful looking boy, gentle and wholly unspoiled. I am not interested in him because he renders the great masters marvelously and composes wonderfully, but rather because he has such a rare and interesting nature, his father is a poor Russian fruit dealer and Alfred is the oldest of eight children. The mother is a beautiful woman, both parents show good blood and breeding despite their humble position and lack of means; the family has made every possible sacrifice in order to educate this boy in music, he has a most deep-seated sense of noblesse oblige. His whole desire for success seems based upon his anxiety to make his parents happy and to repay them for what they have done for him, he began traveling the vaudeville circuit with La Rue's show when he was 13, where she billed him as "The Marvelous Boy Pianist".
While on tours, he was sometimes allowed to conduct the orchestras. This led to him making conducting his career goal, an ambition furthered by William Merrigan Daly, an experienced music director and composer who taught Newman the basics of conducting. By the time he was fifteen, he was conducting performances for matinee shows. Cincinnati Symphony conductor Fritz Reiner was so impressed by Newman, he invited him to be a guest conductor; when he was nineteen, he began conducting full-time in New York City, the beginning of a ten-year career on Broadway as the conductor of musicals by composers such as George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern. He conducted George White's Scandals in 1919, Funny Face in 1927 and Treasure Girl in 1929. Newman said he was always happiest as a conductor: "I studied music composition and counterpoint because I wanted to be a good conductor."In 1930 songwriter and composer Irving Berlin invited him to Hollywood to conduct his score for the film Reaching for the Moon.
Although the musical film was planned to include songs written by Berlin, problems developed between him and director Edmund Goulding, which led to most of his songs being taken out. Newman was kept on and received credit for directing the mus
Leonard Michael Maltin is an American film critic and film historian, as well as an author of several mainstream books on cinema, focusing on nostalgic, celebratory narratives. Maltin created the Walt Disney Treasures, a series of compilations of Disney cartoons and episodes released to mark the centenary of the birth of Walt Disney, he is best known for his eponymous annual book of movie capsule reviews, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, published from 1969 to 2014. Maltin was born in New York City, son of singer Jacqueline, Aaron Isaac Maltin, a lawyer and immigration judge. Maltin was raised in a Jewish family, grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, he graduated from Teaneck High School in 1968. Maltin lives in Los Angeles, he is married to researcher and producer Alice Tlusty, has one daughter, who works with him. In July 2018, Maltin announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease three and a half years prior. Maltin began his writing career at age fifteen, writing for Classic Images and editing and publishing his own fanzine, Film Fan Monthly, dedicated to films from the golden age of Hollywood.
After earning a journalism degree at New York University, Maltin went on to publish articles in a variety of film journals and magazines, including Variety and TV Guide. In the 1970s Maltin reviewed recordings in the jazz magazine, Downbeat. Maltin wrote Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, a compendium of synopses and reviews that first appeared in September 1969 and was annually updated from October 1987 until September 2014, each edition having the following year's date, its original title was TV Movies, some editions were Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide. In 2005, coverage of many films released no than 1960 was moved into a spin-off volume, Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide, to allow the regular book to cover a larger number of more recent titles, he has written several other works, including Behind the Camera, a study of cinematography, The Whole Film Sourcebook, Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia, Our Gang: The Life and Times of the Little Rascals, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons.
Starting on May 29, 1982, Maltin was the movie reviewer on the syndicated television series Entertainment Tonight for 30 years. He appears on the Starz cable network, hosted his own syndicated radio program, Leonard Maltin on Video, as well as the syndicated TV show Hot Ticket with Boston film critic Joyce Kulhawik; as of 2018, Maltin hosts. He spearheaded the creation of the Walt Disney Treasures collectible DVD line in 2001, continues to provide creative input and host the various sets. Maltin appeared on Pyramid twice as a celebrity player, in 1987 on the CBS $25,000 version, in 1991 on the John Davidson version, he appeared on Super Password as a celebrity guest in 1988. During the 1980s and 1990s Maltin served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute. In the mid-1990s, Maltin became the president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and is on the Advisory Board of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. For nearly a decade, Maltin was on the faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City.
As of 2018, Maltin teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. In 1998, Maltin settled a libel suit brought by former child star Billy Gray, of Father Knows Best fame, who Maltin identified in his review of the film Dusty and Sweets McGee as a real-life drug addict and dealer; the statement had appeared in print in Maltin's annual movie guide for nearly 25 years before Maltin publicly apologized for the error. As of 2018, Maltin hosts The Maltin Minute for DirecTV customers. With his daughter Jessie Maltin, he co-hosts Maltin on Movies, a long-form interview podcast for the Nerdist Industries network, he wrote the introduction for The Complete Peanuts: 1983–1984. In 1990, he took a look at the MGM years of The Three Stooges in a film called The Lost Stooges, available on a made-to-order DVD through the Warner Archive Collection, he was the host of Treasures From the Disney Vault on Turner Classic Movies. Maltin was portrayed in an episode of the animated comedy South Park called "Mecha-Streisand" where he, along with actor Sidney Poitier and singer Robert Smith, fight Barbra Streisand, who has assumed the form of Mecha-Streisand, a giant, Godzilla-like robot version of herself.
His own gigantic form was reminiscent of Ultraman with his initials on his chest. He appeared as himself in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, playing a film critic who blasts the first Gremlins film, only to get attacked by Gremlins; this was spoofed in the Mad magazine parody of Gremlins 2, where he protests being eaten as Roger Ebert gave a worse review of the film, only for the Gremlins to remark they are waiting until Thanksgiving to find Ebert, as "he will feed a family of 15!" Maltin made an appearance on the cartoon show Freakazoid! where he voiced himself, only to be abducted by monsters. Maltin starred on an episode of Entertainment Tonight, where he was presenting a time machine akin to one in the film The Time Machine, he sits in the machine and vanishes, as does the character in the film. Maltin is one of the few people to appear as a "guest star" on Mystery Science Theater 3000, he was mocked on the show for giving the film Laserblast a rating of 2.5 stars. After Mike and the Bots finish watching the movie, they express amazement at the rating while Mike reads off
Leopold John "Leo" Genn was an English actor and barrister. He is best known for his role as Petronius in the 1951 film Quo Vadis, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. Genn was born at 144 Kyverdale Road, Stamford Hill, London, the son of Woolfe Genn, a jewellery salesman, Rachel Genn, his parents were both Jewish. Genn attended the City of London School and studied law at St Catharine's College, qualifying as a barrister in 1928, he ceased practising as a lawyer soon after World War II. On 14 May 1933, Genn married a casting director at Ealing Studios, they had no children. Leon M. Lion offered him a contract, his theatrical debut was in 1930 in A Marriage has been Disarranged at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne and at the Royalty Theatre in Dean Street, London. Actor/manager Leon M. Lion had engaged him as an actor and attorney. In 1933 he appeared in Ballerina by Rodney Ackland. Between September 1934 and March 1936, Leo Genn was a member of the Old Vic Company where he appeared in many productions of Shakespeare.
In 1934 he featured in R. J. Minney's Clive of India. In 1937 he was Horatio in Tyrone Guthrie's production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet, in Elsinore, Denmark. In 1938, Genn appeared in the theatrical hit, The Flashing Stream by Charles Langbridge Morgan and went with the show to America and Broadway, his many other stage performances included Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest, 12 Angry Men, The Devil's Advocate, Maugham's The Sacred Flame. In 1959 Genn gave a reading in Chichester Cathedral. Genn's first film role was as Shylock in a biography of Shakespeare. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. hired Genn as a technical advisor on the film Accused. He was subsequently given a small part in the film on the strength of a "splendid voice and presence". Genn received another small role in Alexander Korda's The Drum and was the young man who danced with Eliza Doolittle at the duchess's ball in Pygmalion, a film made in the same year, although he was uncredited. With war approaching, Genn joined the Officers' Emergency Reserve in 1938.
He was commissioned in the Royal Artillery on 6 July 1940 and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1943. In 1944, the actor was given official leave to appear as the Constable of France in Laurence Olivier's Henry V. Genn was awarded the Croix de guerre in 1945, he was part of the British unit that investigated war crimes at Belsen concentration camp and was an assistant prosecutor at the trial for Belsen in Lüneburg, Germany. He was in Green for The Snake Pit. After his Academy Award-nominated success as Petronius in Quo Vadis he appeared in John Huston's Moby Dick. Genn appeared in some rather forgettable American films, such as The Girls of Pleasure Island, Plymouth Adventure, a fictionalised, but entertaining soap opera treatment of the Pilgrims' landing at Plymouth Rock, he fared far better in Personal Affair, starring opposite Gene Tierney. He played Major Michael Pemberton in Roberto Rossellini's Era Notte a Roma. Leo Genn narrated the coronation programmes of both 1937 and 1953, the King George VI Memorial Programme in 1952, the United Nations ceremonial opening in 1947.
Genn was trustee of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. He was council member of the Arts Educational Trust, he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of Theatre Arts, Pennsylvania State University, 1968 and Visiting Professor of Drama, University of Utah, 1969. Genn died in London on 26 January 1978; the immediate cause of death was a heart attack, brought on by complications of pneumonia. Genn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Petronius in Quo Vadis. 1930 A Marriage Has Been Disarranged, Devonshire Park Theatre, Royalty Theatre appearances in: No 17. H. M. S. 1934–36 Old Vic Company:1934–35 Old Vic Season Much Ado About Nothing Henry IV Part 2 Major Barbara Hippolytus by Euripides The Two Shepherds by Sierra Othello The Taming of the Shrew, Sadler's Wells Saint Joan, Old Vic/Sadler's Wells Richard II Antony and Cleopatra Hamlet Shakespeare Birthday Festival- 23 April 1935 Last Night of Shakespeare Season: scenes from Hamlet, Richard II, Taming of The Shrew, 20 May 19351935–36 Old Vic Season Julius Caesar Macbeth Richard III King Lear Saint Helena by R.
C. Sherriff Peer Gynt The School for Scandal 1936 St Helena, Dalys Theatre1936–37 Old Vic Season Twelfth Night Henry V 1937 Shakespeare Birthday Festival: excerpts from Shakespeare, 23 April 1937, Old Vic 1937 Hamlet as Horatio, at Elsinore 1938 Shakespeare Birthday Festival: excerpts from Shakespeare, 25 April 1938, Old Vic 1938 The Flashing Stream, Lyric Theatre & New York 1939 1946 Another Part of the Forest, New York 1948 Jonathan, Aldwych 1951 The Seventh Veil, Prince's Theatre 1953 Henry VIII, Old Vic 1954 The Bombshell, Westminster Theatre 1957 Small War on Murray Hill, New York 1959 The Hidden River, Cambridge Theatre 1961 The Devil's Advocate, New York 1964 Fair Game for Lovers, New York 1964 12 Angry Men, Queen's Theatre 1967 The Sacred Flame, Duke of York's Theatre 1968 The Only Game in Town, New York 1968 Caesar and Cleopatra, US 1969 Doctor Faustus, US 1955 Omnibus: "Herod" 1955 Screen Director's Playhouse: "Titanic Incident" 1960 Mrs Miniver with Maureen O'Hara as Mrs Miniver and Leo Genn as Clem Miniver, CBS 1961 The Defenders 1961 The Jack Paar Show, 1961 The Life of Adolf Hitler written & directed by Paul Rotha, commentary by Leo Genn & Marius Goring 1962 An