Edwin Justus Mayer

Edwin Justus Mayer (November 8, 1896 September 11, 1960) was an American screenwriter. He wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for 47 films between 1927 and 1958.

Edwin Justus Mayer
Born(1896-11-08)November 8, 1896
DiedSeptember 11, 1960(1960-09-11) (aged 63)
New York, New York
Years active1927-1960
Spouse(s)Frances O'Neill McIntyre
ChildrenPaul Avila Mayer (son)
RelativesDaisy von Scherler Mayer (granddaughter)

Edwin Justus Mayer worked on many screenplays but he is remembered now for his work with Ernst Lubitsch. He worked with Lubitsch on the scripts for To Be or Not to Be (1942) and A Royal Scandal (1945). A Royal Scandal (1945) did poorly at the box office, but is considered by many as one of Lubitsch's finest films.

Personal life and family

Mayer was born at 71 W. 125th Street in New York City on November 8, 1896, the son of Paul, who was born in Karlovy Vary while the town was part of the Austrian Empire, and Isabella Mayer.[1][2] He had two siblings, sisters Olga and Estelle.[3] Mayer's draft card for World War I, filled out in either 1917 or 1918, shows that he and his mother lived together at 108 W. 95th Street and that he worked on Broadway in Manhattan. Additionally, the card described him as being of tall and slender build with brown hair and eyes while noting he was blind in his left eye.

Mayer was married to Frances O'Neill (b. ~1900 in Spain) and, by her, had at least two children, one of them being late TV writer and producer Paul Avila Mayer.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6J9-FF9 : 13 March 2018), Edwin Justus Mayer, 1917-1918; citing New York City no 129, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,766,253.
  2. "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-X52D : 16 March 2018), Edwin Justus Mayer, 1924; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #382326, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 2449, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "archives.nypl.org -- Edwin Justus Mayer papers". archives.nypl.org. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  4. "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGLW-F2PH : 18 January 2018), Paul Avila Mayer, 28 May 1928; citing Birth, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, California State Archives, Sacramento.
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