Biography and History

Novelist and storywriter F. Scott Fitzgerald first went to Hollywood in 1927, when he was hired to write an original flapper comedy for United Artists. He returned in 1931 to work for Irving Thalberg on the Jean Harlow classic Red-Headed Woman. His third sojourn in Hollywood lasted from 1937 to his death in December of 1940. Though he worked on several projects, Fitzgerald's only screenwriting credit was for Three Comrades, which was based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel. Starring Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, and Robert Young, it was considered to be one of the top ten films for 1938. Normally the studios owned or had a proprietary interest in all creative works produced by staff writers while under contract, but Fitzgerald's agent H. N. Swanson was careful to obtain "layoff periods," gaps of a few weeks during which he could work on his own projects while in Hollywood.

Source: From the finding aid for C1089