Monday, June 12, 2017

Born Today June 12: Roi Cooper Megrue


Broadway mover and shaker Roi Cooper Megrue was born on this day in New York City.  He started out as a writer specializing in dramatic plays.  As many of his plays were staged, he got deeper into the world of Broadway, becoming a producer and a director (usually as a co-director)--often getting his newest plays on the street as soon as they were finished.  His years active on Broadway spanned between 1912 and 1921.  Eventually the successes of the staged plays lead to interest in the film business to use his plays for scenarios in motion pictures. The first of these came in 1916 with Under Cover, produced by the Famous Players.  In all, 5 films using his work for screenplays were made during the silent era.  The first sound film to use his work came in 1931 with It Pays To Advertise.  The most recent film to use his work is The Bachelor in 1999.  Megrue died young in his birth city of New York on the 27th of February 1927 at the age of 44.  He is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx next to his mother.

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