Frederick Stephani

Frederick Stephani (June 13, 1903 – October 31, 1962)[1] was a screenwriter and film director. He is best known for co-writing and directing the 13-chapter science fiction serial Flash Gordon in 1936. The serial became Universal's second highest-grossing productions that year.[2] Despite its success, this was the first and only serial Stephani directed over the course of his career, possibly due to its shortcomings in special effects and overall production values, even by contemporary standards.[3] Stephani continued to write, produce and direct feature films and television episodes into the 1960s.

Frederick Stephani
Frederick Stephani
BornJune 13, 1903
DiedOctober 31, 1962 (aged 59)
Known forFilmmaking
Notable work
Flash Gordon

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony; Vitone, R.J. (2008). The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide. p. 13. ISBN 0786434708.
  2. ^ Fischer, Dennis (2000). Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 15. ISBN 0-7864-0740-9.
  3. ^ Fletcher, Anthony (2009). Don't Dare Miss the Next Thrilling Chapter. p. 97. ISBN 193610718X.

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1936 in science fiction

The year 1936 was marked, in science fiction, by the following events.

20th Academy Awards

No film received more than three awards at the 20th Academy Awards. This would not recur until the 78th Academy Awards.

Rosalind Russell was highly favored to win Best Actress her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra, but Loretta Young won instead for The Farmer's Daughter.

James Baskett received an Academy Honorary Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Song of the South, which made him the first African-American man and the first Walt Disney star to win an Academy Award for acting.At age 71, Edmund Gwenn was the oldest Oscar-winner to that time. The previous oldest was Charles Coburn, who was 66 at the time of his win. In 1976, George Burns would become the oldest Oscar-winner, at age 80.

Academy Award for Best Story

The Academy Award for Best Story was an Academy Award given from the beginning of the Academy Awards until 1956.

See also the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Between Two Women (1937 film)

Between Two Women is a 1937 American drama film directed by George B. Seitz and written by Frederick Stephani and Marion Parsonnet. The film stars Franchot Tone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Virginia Bruce, Leonard Penn and Cliff Edwards. The film was released on July 9, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Everybody Comes to Rick's

Everybody Comes to Rick's is an American play that was bought unproduced by Warner Brothers for a record figure of $20,000 (equivalent to $360,000 in 2018). It was adapted for the movie Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Written by Americans Murray Burnett and Joan Alison in 1940, prior to the United States' entry into World War II, the play was anti-Nazi and pro-French Resistance. The film became an American classic, highly successful and ranked by many as the greatest film ever made.

Feeling they had not received full recognition for their contributions, Burnett and Alison tried to regain control of the property, but the New York Court of Appeals ruled in 1986 that they had signed away their rights in their agreement with Warner Brothers. Under their threat not to renew the agreement when the copyright reverted to them, the film company paid them each $100,000 (equivalent to $230,000 in 2018) and the right to produce the original play. It was produced in 1991 at the Whitehall Theatre in London, where it ran for six weeks.

Fifteen Wives

Fifteen Wives is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Frank R. Strayer and starring Conway Tearle, Natalie Moorhead and Raymond Hatton. After arriving from South America, a man is murdered at a New York hotel. When the police investigate, they discover he has fifteen wives.

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars is a 1938 Universal Pictures 15–chapter movie serial, based on the syndicated newspaper comic strip Flash Gordon. It is the second of the three Flash Gordon serials made by Universal between 1936 and 1940. The main cast from the first serial reprise their roles: Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon, Jean Rogers as Dale Arden, Frank Shannon as Dr. Alexis Zarkov, Charles B. Middleton as Ming the Merciless, and Richard Alexander as Prince Barin. Also in the principal cast are Beatrice Roberts as Queen Azura, Donald Kerr as Happy Hapgood, Montague Shaw as the Clay King, and Wheeler Oakman as Ming's chief henchman.

The serial was followed by Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940).

Fort Algiers

Fort Algiers is a 1953 American action film directed by Lesley Selander and written by Theodore St John. The film reused action sequences from Outpost in Morocco (1949) and starred Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Raymond Burr, Leif Erickson, Anthony Caruso, John Dehner, Robert Boon and Henry Corden. The film was released on July 15, 1953, by United Artists.

Herbert Clyde Lewis

Herbert Clyde Lewis (15 August 1909 - 17 October 1950) was an American novelist.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) is a motion picture comedy, directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Victor Moore, Ann Harding, Don DeFore, Charles Ruggles and Gale Storm. Herbert Clyde Lewis and Frederick Stephani were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story, losing to Valentine Davies and another Christmas-themed story, Miracle on 34th Street.

It was remade in Hindi twice in India: Pugree (1948) and Dil Daulat Duniya (1972).

Johnny Holiday (film)

Johnny Holiday is a 1949 American crime film directed by Willis Goldbeck and written by Jack Andrews, Willis Goldbeck and Frederick Stephani. The film stars William Bendix, Stanley Clements, Hoagy Carmichael, Allen Martin Jr., Greta Granstedt and Herbert Newcomb. The film was released on November 18, 1949, by United Artists.

List of American superhero films

This is a list of superhero films produced by American film studios by year to date.

List of German film directors

This is a list of notable German film directors related to the cinema of Germany.

List of film serials

A list of film serials by year of release.

List of film serials by studio

A List of film serials by studio, separated into five major studios and the remaining minor studios.

The five major studios produced the greater number of serials. Of these the main studios are considered to be Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures and Republic Pictures. All three were active during the 1930s and 1940s. The other two major studios are Mascot Pictures, which was later taken over and merged with other companies to form Republic, and Pathé Exchange, which ceased serial production before the age of sound.

List of science fiction films of the 1930s

This is a list of science fiction films that premiered between 1 January 1930 and 31 December 1939. In Phil Hardy's book Science Fiction (1983), the 1930s were described as a period where both science fiction literature and cinema were "in turmoil" and that by examining films of decade that "it is clear that Science Fiction, in no sense, can be seen as an ongoing genre in the thirties".In the United States, films would use a science fiction plot device or character such as a mad scientist, but more closely resembled contemporary genres like horror, thriller and detective films. The films enhanced other genres such as melodrama (Six Hours to Live), Westerns (The Phantom Empire) and most predominantly horror films such as Frankenstein or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Towards the middle of the decade, science fiction was prominent in low budget Poverty Row films and film series. European films such as End of the World and F.P.1 antwortet nicht and Things to Come continued the line of prophetic speculation of Fritz Lang's film Metropolis. Towards the end of the 1930s as political climate was changing in Europe, films such as Bila Nemoc used science fiction elements to imagine the horrors of World War II.Few films from the era have been nominated or won awards, these include Fredric March winning an Academy Award for Best actor for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while the film received nominations for best writing and cinematography. Gilbert Kurland was nominated for Best Sound Recording for Bride of Frankenstein.

Paul Pettit

George William Paul Pettit (born November 29, 1931 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951 and 1953.

Sweet Rosie O'Grady

Sweet Rosie O'Grady is a 1943 Technicolor musical film about an American singer who attempts to better herself by marrying an English duke, but is harassed by a reporter. Directed by Irving Cummings, it stars Betty Grable and Robert Young.

Tarzan's New York Adventure

Tarzan's New York Adventure (a.k.a. Tarzan Against the World) is a 1942 black-and-white adventure film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer, produced by Frederick Stephani, directed by Richard Thorpe, that stars Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. This was the sixth and final film in MGM's Tarzan series and was the studio's last Tarzan feature until 1958's Tarzan's Fight for Life. AlthoughTarzan's New York Adventure includes scenes set New York, as well as the customary jungle sequences, it is yet another Tarzan production primarily shot on MGM's back lots.

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