Ernest Pascal

Ernest Pascal (January 11, 1896 – November 4, 1966) was an English-born American screenwriter, author, playwright, and poet. Originally an author, he became involved in the film industry when his novels began to be optioned into films during the silent era of film, although his career was mostly during the sound era. In addition, he penned several Broadway plays as well.[1] He married the daughter of famed cartoonist George Herriman, Barbara, and they had one daughter prior to Barbara's death from complications from surgery in 1939.[2]

Ernest Pascal
Born(1896-01-11)January 11, 1896
London England, United Kingdom
DiedNovember 4, 1966(1966-11-04) (aged 70)
Bernardsville, New Jersey, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, author, poet, playwright
Years active1923–1941
Spouse(s)Barbara Herriman

In 1947, Pascal was hired by RKO Pictures to write a story based on the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804. However, Warner Brothers procured the rights to the script, but when production was delayed, it was eventually permanently shelved after Paramount produced their 1955 film based on the same event entitled, The Far Horizons.[3]


(Per AFI database)[4]


  1. "Ernest Pascal". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. McDonnell, Patrick; O'Connell, Karen; Havenon, Georgia Riley de (1986). Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman. Abrams Books. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-8109-9185-9.
  3. "Guide to a screenplay about Lewis and Clark by Ernest Pascal". NWDA. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  4. "Ernest Pascal". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 27, 2014.

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