Irving Reis (Irving Reis)

Irving Reis

Irving Reis, (born May 7, 1906, in New York City – died July 3, 1953, in Woodland Hills, California) was a radio program producer and director, and a film director. Irving Reis was born into a Jewish family (Reis being a common Portuguese-Sephardic surname). Reis began his career as a motion picture photographer. The most notable of his screen efforts was being one of the photographers for The Hollywood Revue of 1929. A 1931 notice in Variety declared that he was transitioning into a playwright. By 1933, Variety took notice of his radio play St. Louis Blues. His radio play Meridian 7-1212 first broadcast on January 24, 1935, received an “above par” comment from Variety. Observing that he wrote and produced the play, the unnamed reviewer noted the numerous radio effects, and that compared to his two previous radio plays, this was the best. Reis was the creator of the experimental anthology program on the radio, Columbia Workshop, whose initial broadcast took place on July 18, 1936. Reis departed for Hollywood on January 1, 1938 where he became a scriptwriter for Paramount Pictures. In November 1939, Variety announced that Reis would be taking ten weeks off from his script writing at Paramount to study film direction. In February 1940, Variety announced that Reis had left Paramount to begin directing at RKO Pictures. Among his motion picture credits are Enchantment, Roseanna McCoy, The Big Street, and the screen adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play, All My Sons (1948). Reis also directed the movie The Four Poster, based on Jan de Hartog’s play The Fourposter. Reis married Meta Arenson in Tijuana on August 10, 1938. He died leaving his wife and three children. Irving Reis is buried in the Jewish Cemetery Hillside Memorial Park.

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  • May, 07, 1906
  • USA
  • New York, New York


  • July, 03, 1953
  • USA
  • Woodland Hills, California


  • Hillside Memorial Park
  • Culver City, California
  • USA

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