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Nick Grinde (Nick Grinde)

Nick Grinde

Nick Grinde (January 12, 1893 – June 19, 1979) was an American film director and screenwriter. He directed 57 films between 1928 and 1945. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Grinde graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He later moved to New York and worked in Vaudeville. Grinde became a Hollywood film writer and director in the late 1920s, and was often assigned to familiarize Broadway stage directors with the techniques of film making. As a director, he is considered one of American cinema’s early B film specialists. Notable films include The Man they Could Not Hang with Boris Karloff and Ronald Reagan’s first motion picture: Love is on the Air (1937). As a screenwriter, he is credited as a co-writer of Laurel and Hardy’s Babes in Toyland (1934). Throughout his career, Grinde was a popular writer of short stories, articles and columns usually about show business and film making in early Hollywood. Prime examples include “Pictures for Peanuts” (Saturday Evening Post, Dec. 29, 1945), a humorous B picture “how-to,” and “Where’s Vaudeville At?” (Saturday Evening Post, Jan. 11, 1930). Grinde died in Los Angeles, California in 1979 at the age of 86. In the mid-1930s, he had been married to actress Marie Wilson. Later, he married Korean-American actress Hazel Shon. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences houses the Nick Grinde Papers in its Special Collections.

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  • January, 12, 1893
  • USA
  • Madison, Wisconsin


  • June, 19, 1979
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

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