Edmund Beloin: American writer for radio, film, and television, and producer (1910 - 1992) | Biography
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Edmund Beloin
American writer for radio, film, and television, and producer

Edmund Beloin

Edmund Beloin
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Intro American writer for radio, film, and television, and producer
Was Screenwriter Television producer Writer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 1 April 1910, Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 26 May 1992, Pompano Beach, Broward County, Florida, USA (aged 82 years)
Star sign Aries
Spouse: Lynn Hayden
New York University, New York Medicine
Columbia University, New York Medicine
Nomination for "Best Written American Musical", Writers Guild of America awards 1961
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Edmund Beloin (April 1, 1910 – May 26, 1992) was an American comedy screenwriter (film, radio, television) and a former fiction author and literary critic.

Beloin initially studied to become a doctor, however, he turned to writing fiction while studying medicine in New York, in the early 1930s. He started his career in radio with The Jack Benny Program and switched to writing for films in the early 1940s, and later for television.

He worked chiefly for Paramount in the 1940s and subsequently turned TV sitcom writer/producer. 

Early life and education

Edmund Beloin was born on April 1, 1910, in Stratford, Connecticut.

He attended New York University and Columbia University, New York, as a medical student before switching to writing fiction and literary criticism, in 1931.



Beloin started his career on the radio. In 1936-1937, he and Bill Morrow were signed to The Jack Benny Program for the 1936-1937 season and remained for seven years. He created the characters played by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Phil Harris, as well as Mr. Billingsley and Carmichael the Polar Bear. He worked for the Benny Program until 1943.

After leaving radio in 1943, Beloin had tried to join the Army but was rejected on medical grounds. He continued working for Benny when Benny moved to films.


In 1937, Beloin contributed to dialogues for Raoul Walsh's Artist and Models

1940 saw his first work as a screenwriter in Mark Sandrich's Buck Benny Rides Again, starring his friends from radio—Jack BennyPhil Harris, and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson. The same year, he wrote the comedy Love Thy Neighbor—also directed by Sandrich and starring Jack Benny, and Eddie Anderson.

Beloin's major film credits include All in a Night's Work, Visit to a Small Planet, Don't Give Up the Ship, Paris Holiday, The Sad Sack, My Favorite Spy, The Great Lover, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and Road to Rio.

In 1949, Beloin produced the comedy The Great Lover (directed by Alexander Hall). The screenplay was done by him, Melville Shavelson, and Jack Rose.

As a screenwriter, Beloin frequently worked with American screenwriter/producer Henry Garson for much of his career. In 1960, the pair wrote Norman Taurog-directed musical comedy G.I. Blues, starring Elvis PresleyJuliet Prowse, and Robert Ivers. For their work, they shared a nomination for "Best Written American Musical" at the 1961 Writers Guild of America awards.

Beloin and Garson wrote the Broadway play In Any Language, which was performed in 1952 (October 07 - November 15) at 138 West 48th St. Theatre Co., Inc. in New York. The play was produced by Jule Styne and George Abbott and directed by George Abbott. It received negative reviews and closed after 45 performances. However, the television adaptation on Broadway Television Theatre (1953) met with warmer reception (starring Mischa Auer and Audrey Christie). It also aired as an episode of The Chrysler Theatre, in 1965—directed by Lawrence Dobkin and starring Mabel Albertson and Leon Belasco.

Beloin's last screenwriting work was on a 1971 episode ("Another Day, Another Dollar") of the TV series The Smith Family. His last production was 30 episodes of Family Affair, which he co-wrote with Garson. 

Personal life

Beloin was married to Lynn Hayden.


Beloin died of heart failure in Pompano Beach, Florida, on May 26, 1992, at the age of 82. He was survived by a wife, Lynn, and a son, John.



Year Film Role Notes 
1937 Artists & Models Contributor to dialogue Uncredited 
1940 Buck Benny Rides Again Screenplay  
1940 Love Thy Neighbor Writer, actor Acting role uncredited 
1942 Tales of Manhattan Restored sequence Uncredited 
1945 Lady on a Train Screenplay  
1946 The Harvey Girls Screenplay  
1946 Because of Him Screenplay "Catherine the Last"  
1947 Ladies' Man Screenplay  
1947 My Favorite Brunette Original screenplay  
1947 Road to Rio Original story; screenplay  
1948 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Writer  
1949 Top 'o the Morning Original screenplay  
1949 The Great Lover Writer, producer  
1951 The Lemon Drop Kid Story  
1951 My Favorite Spy Adaptation/story  
1957 The Sad Sack Writer  
1958 Paris Holiday Screenplay  
1959 Don't Give Up the Ship Screenplay  
1960 Visit to a Small Planet Screenplay  
1960 G.I. Blues Written by  
1961 All in a Night's Work Screenplay  
1963 Donovan's Reef Story  


Year Series Writer Producer Notes 
1952-1953 My Hero No Yes 28 episodes 
1953 Broadway Television Theatre Yes No Episode: "In Any Language" 
1954 Kraft Theatre Yes No Episode: "The Happy Touch" 
1955 So This Is Hollywood Yes Yes Written: "Mink Coat." Produced: 4 episodes 
1956 Playhouse 90 Yes No Episode: "The Big Slide" 
1957-1958 The Thin Man No Yes 20 episodes 
1964 Dr. Kildare Yes No Episode: "What's Different About Today?" 
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Yes No Episode: "In Any Language" 
1965 Vacation Playhouse Yes Yes Episode: "Alec Tate" 
1965-1966 The Lucy Show Yes No 6 episodes 
1966 Mona McCluskey Yes No 2 episodes 
1966-1968 My Three Sons Yes No 6 episodes 
1968 Mayberry R.F.D. Yes No Episode: "The Race Horse" 
1968 Missy's Men Yes No Teleplay by; television film 
1966-1971 Family Affair Yes Yes 25 episodes written; 30 episodes produced 
1971 The Smith Family Yes No Episode: "Another Day, Another Dollar" 
1990 Over My Dead Body No No Suggested by his screenplay 
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