Agnes Christine Johnston

Agnes Christine Johnston (January 11, 1896  July 19, 1978) was an American screenwriter. She wrote for 84 films between 1915 and 1948.

Agnes Christine Johnston
Johnston in 1919
Born(1896-01-11)January 11, 1896
DiedJuly 19, 1978(1978-07-19) (aged 82)
San Diego, California, United States
OccupationScreenwriter
Years active1915–1948
Spouse(s)Frank Dazey
RelativesIsabel Johnston (sister)

Biography

Johnston was born in Swissvale, Pennsylvania; she later attended the Horace Mann School.[1] She had intended to go to college, but was sufficiently proficient in writing scenarios for films following graduating from high school that she ended up taking just a single course in writing plays at Harvard in 1918.[2] When Vitagraph Studios gave her an assignment to write a scenario for a James Oliver Curwood novel God's Country and the Woman, she completed the scenario for the William Duncan and Nell Shipman 1916 film within 24 hours.[2]

A number of Andy Hardy films starring Mickey Rooney were written by Johnston, among them The Hardys Ride High, Life Begins for Andy Hardy, The Courtship of Andy Hardy, Andy Hardy's Double Life and Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble. Her other films included the coming-of-age comedy Seventeen, the romantic comedy Janie and its sequel, Janie Gets Married, plus the 1946 adaptation of the classic Black Beauty.

She also wrote the screenplays for the 1946 musical comedy The Time, the Place and the Girl and the 1948 film Stage Struck.

Johnston died in San Diego, California, in 1978.

Partial filmography

References

  1. "Scenario Writers and Editors". Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual: 289. 1921 via Ancestry.com.
  2. "Agnes Johnston, Scenarist". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (6): 744. February 8, 1919. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  3. Milne, Peter (March 9, 1918). "Screen Examinations". Motion Picture News: 1467.
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