Charles Gordon MacArthur (November 5, 1895 – April 21, 1956) was an American playwright and screenwriter.
Charles MacArthur was the second youngest of seven children born to stern evangelist William Telfer MacArthur and Georgiana Welsted MacArthur. He early developed a passion for reading. Refusing to follow his father into ministry, he moved to Midwest and soon became a successful reporter in Chicago, working for Chicago Tribune and Daily News. He also wrote several short stories at that time, two of which, “Hang It All” (1921) and “Rope” (1923), were published in H.L. Mencken’s The Smart Set magazine. Eventually he settled in New York City, where he turned to playwriting.
MacArthur is best known for his plays in collaboration with Ben Hecht, Ladies and Gentlemen (filmed as Perfect Strangers), Twentieth Century and the frequently filmed The Front Page, which was based in part on MacArthur’s experiences at the City News Bureau of Chicago. MacArthur also co-wrote, with… read more