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Harry Kurnitz

  • Birth 5 Jan 1907 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 18 Mar 1968 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Garden of Shalom, Section 16, Row K, Grave 22
  • Memorial ID 12576385

Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist. He worked best in the comedy and crime genres, often combining the two with a dash of sparkling wit. Kurnitz received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay for "What Next, Corporal Hargrove?" (1945), and a Tony nomination for the book of the Broadway musical "The Girl Who Came to Supper" (1964). His plays "Once More, With Feeling" (1958) and "A Shot in the Dark" (1961) were made into films, the latter as a "Pink Panther" vehicle starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling French detective, Inspector Clouseau. He also wrote pulp novels under the pen name Marco Page. Kurnitz was born in New York City. After a stint as a newspaper reporter, he came to Hollywood in 1938 to work on the screen adaptation of his story "Fast Company". Kurnitz scripted nearly 40 films, alone or in collaboration, among them "Fast and Furious" (1939), "The Shadow of the Thin Man" (1941), "See Here, Private Hargrove" (1944), "One Touch of Venus" (1948), "The Adventures of Don Juan" (1949), "The Inspector General" (1949), "A Kiss in the Dark" (1949), "Land of the Pharaohs" (1955), "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957), "Hatari!" (story only, 1962), and "How to Steal a Million" (1966). He died of a heart attack.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 12576385
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Kurnitz (5 Jan 1907–18 Mar 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12576385, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .