James Ashmore Creelman

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James Ashmore Creelman
King Kong (1933) was written by James Ashmore Creelman
Born James Ashmore Creelman
(1894-09-21)September 21, 1894
Marietta, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died September 18, 1941(1941-09-18) (aged 46)
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Nationality American
Education Yale University
Occupation Screenwriter
Employer RKO
Known for The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
King Kong (1933)
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Dancers in the Dark (1932)
The Untamed Lady (1926)
Parents James Creelman

James Ashmore Creelman (September 21, 1894 in Marietta, Ohio – September 18, 1941 in New York City, New York) was an early Hollywood film writer. Born in the hometown of his mother, Creelman lived in New York City and Washington, D.C. where his father worked as a journalist. He was a graduate of Yale University, where he edited campus humor magazine The Yale Record, the oldest humor magazine in the world.[1]

Pre-Code film The Most Dangerous Game (1932) was written by James Ashmore Creelman.

Creelman worked for RKO studios from 1929 and contributed to the storyline of many of the studios's early adventure / thriller films including The Untamed Lady, The Most Dangerous Game, King Kong,[2] Dancers in the Dark and The Last Days of Pompeii.[3]

Creelman began working in Hollywood in 1924 and wrote for 30 films before stopping in 1935. He also directed the 1927 film High Hat.


Creelman was the second son of famous American yellow journalist James Creelman. His father's father was born to Scots-Irish migrants to Montreal while his father's mother was of Scottish descent. His mother was Marietta native Alice Leffingwell Buell. Creelman's sister Eileen married Frederick Morgan Davenport Jr., son of New York congressman Frederick Morgan Davenport.

Creelman committed suicide in 1941 by jumping off the top of a building.


  1. ^ "James Ashmore Creelman". Obituary Record of Graduates Of Yale University: Deceased During the Year 194I-1942. New Haven: Yale University. January 1, 1943. pp. 222-223.
  2. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (March 3, 1933). "Movie Review KING KONG". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Sennwald, Andre (October 17, 1935). "The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) 'The Last Days of Pompeii,' a Historical Fable, With Preston Foster, at the Center Theatre -- 'Shipmates Forever,' at the Strand.". The New York Times. 

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