Helen Logan

Helen Logan (December 13, 1906–January 15, 1989) was an American screenwriter active from 1935–1950.[1]

Helen Logan
BornDecember 13, 1906
DiedJanuary 15, 1989
Los Angeles, California
United States
EducationUniversity of California at Los Angeles
Years active1935–1950 (film)
Spouse(s)Robert Ellis


Helen Logan was born in Los Angeles, California, to William Edson Logan and Ida Jane Busick. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles and then went to work at Fox as a script reader before moving up the ranks to be a script clerk.[2][3] Eventually she began writing her own screenplays for Fox, working on two popular franchises, Charlie Chan and the Jones Family. Later she worked on wartime musical films.

She wrote many of her scripts in collaboration with writer-director-actor Robert Ellis, who she began working with around 1934 and married at some point after 1940.[3] In fact, in 1938, Ellis was sued by actress Vera Reynolds for $150,000; Reynolds alleged that Ellis had promised to marry her but instead took a trip to Mexico with Logan.[4] Ellis and Logan had separate contracts but made the same salary.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. Solomon p.359
  2. "Charlie Chan Gives Star Fat Income". The Tampa Tribune. February 2, 1936. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. "Another Team Succeeds". The Arizona Republic. June 8, 1941. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. "Sued by Blonde, He Admits Tour With Redhead". The New York Daily News. March 24, 1938. Retrieved January 11, 2019.


  • Solomon, Aubrey. The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography. McFarland, 2011.

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