Lew Lipton

Lew Lipton (February 23, 1897 – December 27, 1961), was an American screenwriter who was active during the latter part of the silent era and the beginning of the talking picture era. During his brief 15-year career, he penned the scripts for 24 films, as well as producing over 20 film shorts.[1] In 1935, he began work on a script entitled Harlem Cavalcade. He authored another half-dozen films during the remaining years of the 1930s, before devoting his efforts full-time to this manuscript. Harlem Cavalcade was an epic story of life among Black-Americans, beginning with their relationship to the Dutch community of New Amsterdam in 1626, through 1938. A series of vignettes, it incorporated the real-life stories of such notable Americans as Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglas, George Washington Carver, Joe Lewis, Satchel Paige, and Cab Calloway. Lipton worked on the script right up until his death in 1961.[2] Lipton died on December 27, 1961, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[3]

Lew Lipton
Born(1897-02-23)February 23, 1897
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedDecember 27, 1961(1961-12-27) (aged 64)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Years active1925–1939


(Per AFI database)[1]


  1. Lew Lipton&SortType=ASC&SortCol=RELEASE_YEAR "Lew Lipton" Check |url= value (help). American Film Institute. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  2. "Lipton, Lew, 1893-1961" (PDF). University of Delaware. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 23, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  3. "Lew Lipton". Find a Grave. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.

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