James Ashmore Creelman

James Ashmore Creelman (September 21, 1894 in Marietta, Ohio – 18 September 1941 in New York City) was an early Hollywood film writer. Born in the hometown of his mother, Creelman lived in New York City and Washington, D.C. where his father worked as a journalist. Creelman worked for RKO studios from 1929 and contributed to the storyline of the many of the studios's early adventure / thriller films including The Untamed Lady, The Most Dangerous Game, King Kong, Dancers in the Dark and The Last Days of Pompeii. He began working in Hollywood in 1924 and wrote for 30 films before stopping in 1935. He also directed the 1927 film High Hat. Creelman committed suicide in 1941 by jumping off the top of a building. Creelman was the second son of famous American yellow journalist James Creelman. His father's father was born to Scots-Irish migrants to Montreal while his father's mother was of Scottish descent. His mother was Marietta native Alice Leffingwell Buell. Creelman's sister Eileen married Frederick Morgan Davenport Jr., son of New York congressman Frederick Morgan Davenport.


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