Arthur Sheekman

Screenwriter, Film writer

1901 – 1978

11 Views

Who was Arthur Sheekman?

Arthur Sheekman, a graduate from the University of Minnesota, started his career as columnist and drama critic during the 1920s and the early 1930s for the Manhattan Newspaper. He then entered the film industry in 1931 when he became a scenarist for the Marx Brothers' movie Monkey Business where he befriended Groucho Marx. Groucho first found out about Arthur Sheekman while reading Sheekman's show business column on the Chicago Sunday Times and wrote a guest column replying to Sheekman saying that he liked his style and wanted him to help work on his productions in Hollywood. From then on it was known throughout the film production business during that time that Groucho detested the other writers and favored Sheekman over them. This was seen in the movie Monkey Business where Groucho rejected S. J. Perelman's script which he complained was too literary. Groucho also rejected Ned Tennant's script and instead chose to use Sheekman's script in the end.

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Arthur Sheekman." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 18 Nov. 2019. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/arthur_sheekman>.


Discuss this Arthur Sheekman biography with the community:


We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Feb 5, 1901
Chicago
Also known as
  • Arthur Grant Sheekman
  • Sheek
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Minnesota
Died
Jan 12, 1978
Chicago

Submitted
on July 23, 2013