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Abem Finkel
American screenwriter

Abem Finkel

Abem Finkel
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Intro American screenwriter
Was Screenwriter
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 6 December 1889, New York City, New York, USA
Death 10 March 1948, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (aged 58 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
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Abem Finkel (6 December 1889 — 10 March 1948) was an American screenwriter known for his work on Marked Woman (1937), Jezebel (1938), and Time Out of Mind (1947).

Life and career

Finkel was born on December 6, 1889, in New York City, New York, where he attended the City College of New York.

After working as a theater manager in New York, he moved to Hollywood in 1931, where he wrote screenplays for Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.

According to IMDB, his first work was The Deceiver in 1931 (directed by Louis King and starring Lloyd Hughes and Dorothy Sebastian.) From 1931 to 1956, Finkel wrote for 21 movies and a 1956 episode of Lux Video Theatre. His last film was Harold D. Schuster-directed The Tender Years, starring Joe E. Brown, Richard Lyon, and Noreen Nash.


In 1942, Finkel received an Oscar nomination for "Best Writing, Original Screenplay" for his work on Howard HawksSergeant York (1941). He shared the nomination with the other writers on the team—Harry ChandleeJohn Huston, and Howard Koch.


Finkel died on March 10, 1948, in San Diego, California, at the age of 58.

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