George Froeschel

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George Froeschel
Native name
Georg Fröschel
Born(1891-03-09)9 March 1891
Died22 November 1979(1979-11-22) (aged 88)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
OccupationNovelist & Screenwriter
Years active1919–1960

George Froeschel (9 March 1891 – 22 November 1979) was an Austrian-American novelist and screenwriter. In 1943, he received two Academy Award nominations for co-writing screenplays for Mrs. Miniver and Random Harvest, winning for the former of which.

Biography[edit]

Georg Froeschel was born in 1891, the son of a Jewish banker in Vienna. He wrote his first novel during his time at grammar school, Ein Protest (A Protest). After his postgraduate studies he was Doctor of Laws. In World War I he wrote reports for the k.u.k. army. Following he wrote several novels, of which some were adapted for films in the 1920s. In the 1920s he worked for the Ullstein-Verlag in Berlin.

In 1936 he emigrated to the United States, where he first worked in the editorial office of Chicago's Coronet magazine. His efforts to find a job in Hollywood's film industry were not successful until April 1939, when Sidney Franklin of MGM engaged him as screenwriter.

Films[edit]

  • 1921: Roswolsky's Mistress (GER, Felix Basch; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1921: Der Schlüssel zur Macht (AUT, ? ; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1927: Der Anwalt des Herzens (GER, Wilhelm Thiele; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1928: Weib in Flammen (GER, Max Reichmann; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1929: Skandal in Baden-Baden (GER, Erich Waschneck; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)

Screenwriter[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1943 15th Academy Awards Best Screenplay (shared with James Hilton, Claudine West and Arthur Wimperis)
Mrs. Miniver
Won
Best Screenplay (shared with Claudine West and Arthur Wimperis)
Random Harvest
Nominated
1949 1st Writers Guild of America Awards Best Written Film Concerning American Scene (shared with William R. Laidlaw)
Command Decision
Nominated
Best Written Drama (shared with William R. Laidlaw) Nominated
1959 11th Writers Guild of America Awards Best Written American Comedy (shared with S. N. Behrman)
Me and the Colonel
Won

References[edit]

  • Rudolf Ulrich: Österreicher in Hollywood. Verlag Filmarchiv Austria, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-901932-29-1, p. 148 and 149 (German)

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