Sam B. Jacobson

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Sam B. Jacobson
Sam B. Jacobson as a lieutenant during World War I
BornJuly 4, 1893
Brooklyn, New York
DiedDecember 31, 1946
Catskill, New York
Occupationfilm editor and producer
Known forediting Frank Buck’s second movie, Wild Cargo
Spouse(s)never married

Sam B. Jacobson (born July 4, 1893, Brooklyn, New York; died December 31, 1946, Catskill, New York, age 53) was the editor of Frank Buck’s second film, Wild Cargo.[1]

Early years[edit]

Sam B. Jacobson was born in Brooklyn, New York, son of Max W Jacobson, a Russian immigrant insurance agent, and Stella Jacobson. Sam B. Jacobson served in World War I as a lieutenant responsible for providing troop entertainment.[2]

Motion Pictures[edit]

In 1928, Jacobson, as publicity director at Universal Pictures, created the Laemmle Novelties, a series of thirteen one-reel-silent films. Jacques Rollens directed.[3] Surprising for the time, the films had no beautiful faces. In Wooden Soldier the characters are toys. The heroine of Rag Doll is just what the title implies and Wax Figures reveals the astounding adventures of a group of store window dummies. Monkey Shines sees life through the eyes of a pair of monkeys at the zoo. In Wash Line Romance a wash line is the title character; the people who wear what is hanging on the wash line do not appear except as hands and feet. The hero of Prodigal Pup is a dog. Other titles in the series: Footprints, Faces, Bottles, Handicapped, Shadows, Daydreams, and Half Holiday. [4][5] Subsequently, Jacobson originated and produced the Universal Newspaper Newsreel.[6]

Jacobson was a vice president of First National Pictures in 1929.[7] In the 1930s he served as General Production Manager for Van Beuren Studios, where he edited Frank Buck’s second film, Wild Cargo, and another movie, Adventure Girl with Joan Lowell. Jacobson was associate producer of Cross Country Cruise, Ladies Must Love, and Love, Honor, and Oh! Baby. He also wrote film criticism for a Los Angeles Jewish newspaper.[8]

Later life[edit]

For 13½ years, Jacobson was the owner of a weekly newspaper, the Hunter (NY) Review.[9] He died of heart disease and pneumonia in 1946 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Jewett, New York.[10] His parents, a brother, and two sisters survived him.


  1. ^ Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. x–xi. ISBN 0-89672-582-0.
  2. ^ Harry David Kroll. Kelly field in the great world war. San Antonio 1919 p 58.
  3. ^ Jacques (Jack) Rollens on Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Faces Play Small Part In This Movie Series. Baltimore Sun. Sep 30, 1928; p MR6.
  5. ^ Catalog of copyright entries, Part 1, Volumes 1-2; Library of Congress. Copyright Office. U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1929, p 285
  6. ^ Eileen S. Quigley. International motion picture almanac, Volume 48. Quigley Publications, 1938 p 394.
  7. ^ Terry Ramsaye. Motion picture almanac: Volume 38. Quigley Publications. 1929 p 165.
  8. ^ Ted Merwin. In their own image: New York Jews in Jazz Age popular culture. Rutgers University Press 2006 p 143.
  9. ^ Sam Jacobson. New York Times. January 1, 1947, p 33.
  10. ^ Maplewood Cemetery burials

External links[edit]

Sam B Jacobson on the Internet Movie Database [1]