Edmund Hartmann arrived in Hollywood as a contract screenwriter in the early 1930s, and by the next decade had become producer of his own screenplays for Universal. He oversaw feature films for such diverse talents as John Carradine, Eve Arden, Jane Russell, Basil Rathbone, Hedy Lamarr, Victor McLaglen, Bob Cummings, Don Ameche, Ann Miller, Jackie Cooper, and Joan Fontaine.
Donald W. McCaffrey is Professor Emeritus, English Department, at the University of North Dakota. He is the author of Four Great Comedians: Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, and Langdon, The Golden Age of Sound Comedy, Assault on Society: Satirical Literature to Film (Scarecrow, 1992) and The Road to Comedy: The Films of Bob Hope.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction-A Recognition of His Talent Chapter 4 1. He Wrote for the Stars but Didn't Want to Direct Them Chapter 5 2. In the Beginning Hartmann Gave Birth to Princess Nita Chapter 6 3. Creative Independence at Universal Chapter 7 4. Don't Let the Fat Lady Sing: The Writers Chapter 8 5. Send in the Clowns Chapter 9 6. Thanks for the Memories: There was Hope Chapter 10 7. Of Songs, Music Men, and Hartmann Chapter 11 8. Bound and Gagged: The Censored and Damned Chapter 12 9. Much ado about Family on TV Chapter 13 10. Rolling the Final Credits Part 14 Appendixes Part 15 Bibliography Part 16 Index