Luther Reed

Luther Reed (July 14, 1888 November 16, 1961) was an American screenwriter and film director.[1]

Luther Reed
Luther A. Reed
Luther Reed

(1888-07-14)July 14, 1888
Berlin, Wisconsin, United States
DiedNovember 16, 1961(1961-11-16) (aged 73)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationDirector, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Naomi Childers; Jocelyn Lee


Reed was born in 1888 in Berlin, Wisconsin, and graduated from Columbia University. He worked as a journalist and the music and theater critic for the New York Herald before his film career.[1] Reed directed such films as Convention Girl, Dixiana and Hit the Deck. He also worked with Howard Hughes on the film Hell's Angels.[2]

Reed was married to actress Naomi Childers until their divorce in 1929. They had one son together. He then married the actress Jocelyn Lee (born Mary Alice Simpson, 1902–1980) on June 15, 1930, but separated from her after three months and divorced her in 1931 after she attacked him in a Mexican hotel.[3][4][5][6]

Reed died in New York City in 1961.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. "Luther Reed". The New York Times.
  2. "Hell's Angels". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. "She Scratched". The Post-Crescent. September 23, 1930. p. 5. Retrieved February 22, 2018 via
  4. "Actress-Wife Hit Him with Money, Is Charge". The Journal Times. March 31, 1931. p. 9. Retrieved February 22, 2018 via
  5. "Director Actress Marriage Failure". Marshfield News-Herald. March 31, 1931. p. 2. Retrieved February 22, 2018 via
  6. "Jocelyn Lee Gets Divorce and $100 a Week Alimony". Salt Lake Telegram. April 4, 1931. p. 3. Retrieved February 22, 2018 via
  7. "Luther A. Reed". Wellsville Daily Reporter. November 18, 1961. p. 1. Retrieved February 21, 2018 via

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