Elliott Nugent

Elliott Nugent (September 20, 1896 in Dover, Ohio August 9, 1980 in New York City) was an American actor, playwright, writer, and film director.

Elliott Nugent
Nugent in a 1947 publicity photo
BornSeptember 20, 1896
Dover, Ohio
DiedAugust 9, 1980 (aged 83)


Nugent, the son of actor J. C. Nugent,[1] successfully made the transition from silent film to sound. He directed The Cat and the Canary (1939), starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.[2] He also directed the Hope films Never Say Die (1939) and My Favorite Brunette (1947).[3][4]

Nugent was a college classmate (and lifelong friend) of fellow Ohioan James Thurber.[5] Together, they wrote the Broadway play The Male Animal (1940)[1] in which Nugent starred with Gene Tierney. He also directed the 1942 Warner Bros. film version of The Male Animal, starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.[6]

Nugent was the brother-in-law of actor Alan Bunce of Ethel and Albert fame.[7]

Partial filmography


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