Daniel Carson Goodman

Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman (August 24, 1881 May 16, 1957) was an American screenwriter and licensed physician.

Daniel Carson Goodman
Born(1881-08-24)August 24, 1881
DiedMay 16, 1957(1957-05-16) (aged 75)
OccupationScreenwriter, physician
Years active19131928
Alma Rubens
(m. 1923; div. 1925)


Goodman wrote the storyline for 28 silent films the first of them was Sapho (1913). He worked as miscellaneous crew in three films, produced two films and directed one film, Thoughtless Women (1920). He also achieved notoriety after the banning of a book he had written called Hagar Revelly, originally published in 1913. It became the subject of a lawsuit, United States v. Kennerley. H.L. Mencken wrote of this prudish state of affairs in 1917:

The action of the novels of the Howells school goes on within four walls of painted canvas; they begin to shock once they describe an attack of asthma or a steak burning below stairs; they never penetrate beneath the flow of social concealments and urbanities to the passions that actually move men and women to their acts, and the great forces that circumscribe and condition personality. So obvious a piece of reporting as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle or Robert Herrick’s Together makes a sensation; the appearance of a Jennie Gerhardt or a Hagar Revelly brings forth a growl of astonishment and rage.[1]

Goodman was apparently a licensed doctor in addition to his involvement in movie production, and he also worked for a time for Cosmopolitan Pictures, William Randolph Hearst's movie company, created to produce films for his mistress, Marion Davies. In 1924 he was embroiled in what became a scandal as producer Thomas Ince died under mysterious circumstances after a party aboard Hearst's yacht the Oneida. Goodman treated and accompanied a dying Ince to shore where physicians could attend him. Ince however died before reaching the hospital.

He was engaged to marry the actress Florence La Badie. In August 1917 they were involved in a car accident; Goodman escaped with minor injuries, but La Badie suffered more severe injuries and died several weeks later from a resulting infection. He was also married to actress Alma Rubens from November 1923 to January 1925, when they were divorced. She died of pneumonia in 1931.

Selected filmography


  1. H.L. Mencken, A Book of Prefaces (New York: Knopf, 1917) pp. 275-276.
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