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Title: Charles MacArthur

Description: Charles MacArthur (Charles Gordon MacArthur; 1895-1956), American newspaperman, playwright and screenwriter, shown in 1935, husband, from 1928, of Academy Award winning actress Helen Hayes (First Lady of American Theater), and most often co-author with Ben Hecht in many plays (The Front Page, first produced in 1928 and brought to the screen in 1931, and remade as His Girl Friday in 1940) and screenplays, including Barbary Coast (1936); Gunga Din (1939); and Wuthering Heights (1939); Hecht and MacArthur became friends while working in the 1910s in Chicago on rival newspapers (Chicago Tribune; Chicago Daily News) as crime reporters (a genre which both would heavily employ in their plays and screenplays); the capricious MacArthur was forever playing pranks on his Chicago Tribune bosses and even got a condemned man to publicly denounce his editor before the felon fell through a gallows trapdoor; in a one wild scheme, Hecht and MacArthur, believing that an eccentric physician they knew could resurrect the dead by injections of adrenaline, convinced a condemned man, convicted murderer (of three persons during a robbery) and bootlegging gang leader Sam Cardinella, to leave his body to them, saying that the doctor (who had already been banished from the profession, his license revoked) could bring him back to life; with that thought in mind, the 26-year-old Cardinella stood on the gallows in Chicago, Illinois on April 15, 1921, laughing maniacally and shouting to the executioner: "You're in for a big surprise!" while Hecht, MacArthur and others witnessed his hanging; his body was then turned over to the two newspapermen and was rushed to a warehouse where the waiting doctor administered adrenaline injections into Cardinella's lifeless body, which nevertheless remained in that permanent condition; the disgusted but always enterprising Hecht and MacArthur turned this set-back into another front page story by immediately exposing the errant physician as a quack.

Category: Authors

Keywords: authors, bow ties, flowers, newspapermen, playwrights, reporters, screenwriters, tuxedoes

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1800 x 2468 (4.44 MPixels) (1.37)

Print Size: 15.2 x 20.9 cm; 6.0 x 8.2 inches

File Size: 12.74 MB (13,361,552 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000055395

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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