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Edward Knoblock

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Edward Knoblock born Edward Gustav Knoblauch; April 7, 1874 – July 19, 1945 was an American-born British playwright and novelist most remembered for the often revived 1911 play, Kismet


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Selected filmography
  • 3 References
  • 4 Bibliography
  • 5 External links


Knoblock was born in New York City of German parents and was the grandson of the Berlin architect Eduard Knoblauch He was graduated from Harvard College in 1896, but he spent much of his professional life in Europe, first in France, then in Great Britain In 1912, his Milestones, written with Arnold Bennett, became a hit at the Royalty Theatre, playing for over 600 performances

He became a British subject in 1916 during World War I, anglicized the spelling of his name, received a commission as a captain in the British Army and served in the Secret Service Bureau in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Greece In 1917 he bought and subsequently restored the Regency Beach House, Worthing, Sussex Knoblock was a lifelong collector of Regency style furniture and furnishings and kept much of the celebrated Thomas Hope collection intact His London bachelor apartment was at The Albany

Knoblock wrote many screenplays, perhaps the best known being Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood 1922, though he was uncredited, and The Three Musketeers 1921

Plays written by Knoblock alone include The Shulamite 1906, The Faun 1911, Kismet 1911, My Lady's Dress 1914, Marie-Odile 1915, Tiger! Tiger! 1918, and Grand Hotel 1931 Among the novels written by Knoblock are The Ant Heap 1929, The Man With Two Mirrors 1931, The Love Lady 1933, and Inexperience 1941

Knoblock often worked with a collaborator His plays Milestones 1912, and London Life 1924 were produced with the assistance of Arnold Bennett His play Speakeasy, written with George Rosener, became a 1929 film of the same name Similarly, The Good Companions, originally published in 1929 by J B Priestley, was dramatized jointly by Knoblock and the author in 1931

Edward Knoblock died in July 1945 at the London home of his sister, Gertrude Knoblauch, a well-known sculptor

Selected filmography

  • Knowing Men 1930
  • Red Wagon 1933
  • The Amateur Gentleman 1936


  1. ^ Leask, Margaret 2012-07-01 Lena Ashwell: Actress, Patriot, Pioneer Univ of Hertfordshire Press p 111ff ISBN 978-1-907396-75-5 
  2. ^ Kismet, and Other Plays With an Introduction by John Vere 1957
  3. ^ Knoblock, Edward, 1874-1945 Papers: GuideHoughton Library, Harvard College Library
  4. ^ Modern Plays 1951 Arnold Bennett, Edward Knoblock, Alan Alexander Milne, Noel Coward, Robert Cedric Sherriff, William Somerset Maugham
  5. ^ George Moore on Parnassus:1988 By George Moore, Helmut E Gerber, O M Brack
  6. ^ a b The New York Times July 20, 1945; pg 19


  • Edward Knoblock, Round the Room: An Autobiography London: Chapman & Hall, 1939

External links

  • Edward Knoblock on IMDb
  • Edward Knoblock at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Guide to the Edward Knoblock Papers at Rice University
  • Guide to Edward Knoblock Papers at Houghton Library, Harvard College

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