Claude Binyon

Claude Binyon (October 17, 1905 Chicago, Illinois – February 14, 1978 Glendale, California) was a screenwriter and director. His genres were comedy, musicals, and romances.

As a Chicago-based journalist for the Examiner newspaper, he became city editor of the show business trade magazine Variety in the late 1920s. According to Robert Landry, who worked at Variety for 50 years including as managing editor,[1] Binyon came up with the famous 1929 stock market crash headline, "Wall Street Lays An Egg."[2] (However, writer Ken Bloom ascribes the headline to Variety publisher Sime Silverman.)[3]

He switched from writing about movies for Variety to screenwriting for the Paramount Studio with 1932's If I Had A Million; his later screenwriting credits included The Gilded Lily (1935), Sing You Sinners (1938), and Arizona (1940). Throughout the 1930s, Binyon's screenplays were often directed by Wesley Ruggles, including the "classic" True Confession (1938).[4] Fourteen feature films by Ruggles had screenplays by Binyon. Claude Binyon was also the scriptwriter for the second series of the Bing Crosby Entertains radio show (1934-1935).

In 1948, Binyon made his directorial bow with The Saxon Charm (1948), for which he also wrote the screenplay. He went on to write and direct the low-key comedy noir Stella (1950), Mother Didn't Tell Me (1950), Aaron Slick of Pun'kin Crick (1952), and the Clifton Webb farce Dreamboat (1952). He directed, but didn't write, Family Honeymoon (1949) as well as Bob Hope's sole venture into 3-D, Here Come the Girls (1953).

After his death on February 14, 1978, he was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[5]

Selected filmography


  1. "Robert John Landry, Editor, 87 (obituary)". New York Times. May 25, 1991. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  2. "The Americanization of English". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. March 17, 1977. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  3. Bloom, Ken (2003). Broadway: An Encyclopedia. Routledge. p. 539. ISBN 978-0415937047. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  4. Milberg, Doris (2013). The Art of the Screwball Comedy: Madcap Entertainment from the 1930s to Today. McFarland. p. 23. ISBN 9780786467815. Producer and director are two of the hats he wore, but he is best known for his credits as a writer. For several films, he teamed with director Wesley Ruggles. ...The Ruggles-Binyon team produced such classics as The Gilded Lady, The Bride Comes Home, True Confession, I Met Him in Paris, You Belong to Me, and Too Many Husbands.
  5. Claude Binyon at Find a Grave

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