William Scott Darling

Screenwriter, Film writer

1898 – 1951

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Who was William Scott Darling?

William Scott Darling was a Canadian-born writer and a pioneer screenwriter and film director in the Hollywood motion picture industry.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Scott Darling embarked on a career as a writer, primarily doing humor stories for magazines. He married Eleanor Fried with whom he had a daughter Gretchen who became a stage actress and playwright.

In 1914, Scott Darling was hired by the Kalem Company of New York City to work at their California studios writing the scripts for the adventure film serial The Hazards of Helen. So successful were the short films that the job would last more than two years with Darling writing 119 episodes of what became the longest serial ever made at 23.8 hours. When finished writing the exhausting serial he took a year off then in 1918 accepted an offer from fellow Ontarians Charles and Al Christie to write short comedy films for their Christie Film Company.

In 1921, Carl Laemmle at Universal Studios lured Scott Darling away from Christie Films with the promise of an opportunity to direct in addition to writing screenplays.

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Born
May 28, 1898
Toronto
Also known as
  • W.S. Darling
  • Scott Darling
  • W. Scott Darling
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Canada
Profession
Lived in
  • Toronto
Died
Oct 29, 1951
California

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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