Maurice A. Hanline

Maurice A. Hanline (c. 1895 - 1964) was an American playwright, poet, novelist and screenwriter. He worked as a screenwriter for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer more than three decades.

Maurice A. Hanline
Bornc. 1895
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
EducationBaltimore City College
OccupationPlaywright, poet, novelist, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Patricia O'Brien

Early life

Hanline was born circa 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] He graduated from Baltimore City College.[2]


Hanline staged his own play, The Woman of Samaria, in Baltimore in 1921.[3] He worked in publishing in New York City for Horace Liveright in the 1920s, and he became a published poet.[2] In 1930, he began working as a screenwriter for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Los Angeles.[2][1] He published his first novel, Years of Indiscretion in 1935.[2] He worked for MGM until his death.[1]

Movies he worked on include Lottery Lover (1935), Four Wives (1939), and Steel Against the Sky (1941).

Personal life and death

Hanline married Patricia O'Brien.[1] He died in 1964, at age 69.[1][2]


  1. "M. A. Hanline Rites Today. Baltimore Poet, Novelist Was Living in California". The Baltimore Sun. September 15, 1964. p. 19. Retrieved February 18, 2019 via
  2. "M. A. Hanline, Poet, Novelist, Film Writer". The Evening Sun. September 14, 1964. p. 23. Retrieved February 18, 2019 via
  3. Goetz, George (December 11, 1921). "Introducing This Poet And Playwright, Who Is A Philosopher As Well". The Baltimore Sun. p. 71. Retrieved February 18, 2019 via
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