Oliver H.P. Garrett

Oliver H.P. Garrett (May 6, 1894 – February 22, 1952) was an American film director, writer, newspaperman, and rifleman.

Oliver H.P. Garrett
Born(1894-05-06)May 6, 1894
New Bedford, Massachusetts, US
DiedFebruary 22, 1952(1952-02-22) (aged 57)
New York City, US
OccupationFilm director, writer, newspaperman, rifleman


Oliver H.P. Garrett was born in Laurens County, South Carolina.[1]

By the fall of 1917 he was a rifleman who fought against the Germans, but he was wounded and won the Distinguished Service Cross.[2] He interviewed Al Capone and Adolf Hitler in 1923 after the failed Pusch and in the early 1930s.[2] He was a newspaperman for New York Sun in the 1920s,[2] and he was the only on board of the SS Morro Castle until his burning and sinking.[2] He was hired by David O. Selznick after writing the final script of Gone with the Wind (1939) because Scott Fitzgerald wanted a film of conventional length.[3]

Garrett was a close friend and next-door neighbour to Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg.[3] When Thalberg married movie star Norma Shearer, Oliver was the usher of the wedding.[3]


He directed and wrote the screenplay for Careful, Soft Shoulder (1942).[4] The script employs a first-person narrative and his direction is not imaginative and use a first-person camera.[5]

He wrote the story and dialogue for Street of Chance (1942),[6] based on the life of the gangster Arthur Rothstein and it is a remake of the 1930 film.[7] According to Louella O. Parsons, "Oliver H.P. Garrett has written a thriling story, but even so, much of the credit must go to John Cromwell, who directed the story with finesse and with a fine regard for detail.[8]

He wrote the story for the crime drama Her Husband Lies (1937), which was adapted and was also a remake of Street of Chance, starring William Powell and Kay Francis.[7] He wrote the screenplay and the dialogue of For the Defense (1930),[6] and Scandal Sheet (1931).[9] The Texan (1930) was based on an adaption of the story The Double-Eyed Deceiver.[10] City Streets (1931), directed by Rouben Mamoulian, was adapted by Max Marcin and Garrett wrote the script.[11][12] He wrote the screenplay for The Man I Married (1940).[13]



  1. Garrett, Edward Ray (1989). Garrett: 1000 years from Normandy. E.R. Garrett. p. 39.
  2. Bryer, Margolies & Prigozy 2012, p. 33.
  3. Bryer, Margolies & Prigozy 2012, p. 34.
  4. Reid, John (2004). Memorable Films of the Forties. Lulu.com. p. 40. ISBN 9781411614635.
  5. Reid, John Howard (2004). Hollywood's Classic Comedies Featuring Slapstick, Romance, Music, Glamour Or Screwball Fun!. Lulu.com. p. 49. ISBN 9781430314875.
  6. Kear & Rossman 2012, p. 38.
  7. Neste 2017, p. 152.
  8. Parsons, Louella O., Los Angeles Examiner, February 21, 1930
  9. Kear & Rossman 2012, p. 51.
  10. Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (January 7, 2013). The Films of Fay Wray. McFarland Publishing. p. 44. ISBN 9781476604152.
  11. Thomson, David (October 14, 2008). "Have You Seen . . . ?". Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 171. ISBN 9780307270528.
  12. Hammett, Dashiell (November 4, 2013). Rivett, Julie; Layman, Richard (eds.). The Hunter and Other Stories. Grove/Atlantic, Inc. p. 187. ISBN 9780802121585.
  13. Alpers, Benjamin L. (October 16, 2003). Dictators, Democracy, and American Public Culture: Envisioning the Totalitarian Enemy, 1920s–1950s. Univ of North Carolina Press. p. 368. ISBN 9780807861226.


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