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Julius and Philip Epstein
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Screenwriter
    Born in New York City, New York
    Julius (August 22, 1909–December 30, 2000)
    Philip (August 22, 1909–February 7, 1952)
    Identical twins
    Together wrote screenplays for ‘The Strawberry Blonde’ (1941), ‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’ (1941), ‘The Male Animal’ (1942), ‘Casablanca’ (1942), ‘Mrs. Skeffington’ (1944), ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ (1944) and ‘The Last Time I Saw Paris’ (1954)
    Did rewrites and additional dialogue for numerous other films, mostly at Warner Brothers
    Solo Julius wrote screenplays for ‘The Tender Trap’ (1955), ‘Light in the Piazza’ (1962), ‘Send Me No Flowers’ (1964), ‘Pete ‘n’ Tillie’ (1972) and ‘Reuben, Reuben’ (1983)
    Julius claimed their first job helping to clean their father’s stables was ideal preparation for a Hollywood career because ‘I’ve written enough junk to have fertilized the Sahara.’
    They clashed with fellow ‘Casablanca’ screenwriter Howard Koch, who complained they were putting in too many jokes, while they complained Koch was including too much politics.
    Julius twice tried unsuccessfully to turn ‘Casablanca’ into a Broadway musical.
    Julius said of Casablanca, ‘It’s such a phony picture. It’s camp, it’s kitsch, it’s just slick shit.’
    James Cagney agreed to star in ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ only if the Epsteins were brought in to punch up the script.
    Required to fill out a questionnaire by the House Un-American Activities Committee, they responded to the question of if they had ever belonged to a subversive organization with ‘Yes. Warner Brothers.’
    When Julius’ two-story home in Bel Air was partially destroyed in a fire, he quipped ‘Well, we always wanted a one-story house.’
    The Writers Guild of America named ‘Casablanca’ the greatest screenplay of all time (2006).

Credit: C. Fishel


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