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Jules Eckert Goodman

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Jules Eckert Goodman
Jules Eckert Goodman 1916.jpg
Jules Eckert Goodman circa 1916
Born(1876-11-02)November 2, 1876
DiedJuly 10, 1962(1962-07-10) (aged 85)
Alma mater
  • Playwright
  • author

Jules Eckert Goodman (November 2, 1876 – July 10, 1962) was an American playwright and author. He was best known for his plays The Man Who Came Back (1916), The Silent Voice (1914), Chains (1923), and a series of plays featuring Potash and Permutter written with Montague Glass.

Life and career

Jules Eckert Goodman was born November 2, 1876 in Gervais, Oregon, one of six children[1] born to S. Newman and Jenette Rothschild Goodman.[2] His family was Jewish, and his mother was a native of San Francisco, California.[2] Prior to settling in Gervais and starting a family, Jeanette had resided in Portland's Multnomah Hotel.[1]

Eckert received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1899 and master's degree from Columbia University in 1901. He was managing editor for four years of Current Literature and also wrote for Outing and the Dramatic Mirror.[3][4] He had his first success on Broadway with 1910's Mother.

The successful The Silent Voice (1914) (derived from a short story by Gouverneur Morris[5]) was adapted to film four times; first in 1915, then again in 1922 under the title The Man Who Played God (the title of the original Morris story). A talking-movie version also called The Man Who Played God appeared in 1932, starring George Arliss (who was also in the 1922 silent film) and Bette Davis, a role she credited as her big "break" in Hollywood. Lastly, and least appealingly, it appeared as a campy 1955 star vehicle for Liberace called Sincerely Yours.[6][7]

Among other film adaptions of Goodman's work, The Man Who Came Back appeared in 1931. Goodman's reported last play Many Mansions (1937) was written with his son Eckert Goodman.[8]

Goodman died of pneumonia in Peekskill, New York, where he had resided for forty years, on July 10, 1962. His wife died in 1959, and he was survived by one son (Jules Eckert Goodman Jr.), and two daughters, Helen Goodman and Anna Freedgood.[9]

Selected bibliography


  • The Man Who Stood Still (1908)[10]
  • The Right to Live (1908)
  • The Test (1908)
  • Mother (1910)
  • The Point of View (1912)[11]
  • The Silent Voice (1914)[12]
  • The Trap (1915)
  • Just Outside the Door (1915)
  • Treasure Island (1915) (adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson novel)
  • The Man Who Came Back (1916)
  • Object - Matrimony (1916) (written with Montague Glass))
  • Business Before Pleasure (1917) (written with Montague Glass)
  • Why Worry? (1918)(written with Montague Glass)
  • His Honor: Abe Potash (1919) (written with Montague Glass)
  • Pietro (1920) (written with Maud Skinner)
  • The Law Breaker (1922)
  • Partners Again (1922) (written with Montague Glass)
  • Chains (1923)
  • Simon Called Peter (1924) (written with Edward Knoblock)
  • Potash and Permutter, Detectives (1926) (with Montague Glass)
  • The Great Romancer (1937)[13]
  • Many Mansions (1937) (written with his son)
  • George Worthing, American (debuted 1948, written earlier)[14]


  • Mother (1911) (adapted from the play)


  1. ^ a b "210 Northwest 22nd Place". Oregon Inventory of Historic Properties. State of Oregon: 2. August 1991.
  2. ^ a b Schwartz, Julius; Kaye, Solomon Aaron; Simons, John (1926). Who's Who in American Jewry. 1. Jewish Biographical Bureau. p. 222.
  3. ^ Chronicle and Comment, The Bookman (New York), April 1911, p. 129
  4. ^ Vicissitudes of a Playwright, Theatre Magazine, January 1916, at p. 17
  5. ^ Morris, Gouverneur. The Man Who Played God, in Cosmopolitan (magazine), Vol. 52, No. 2, January 1912, at p. 278-89
  6. ^ Wilson, John. The Official Razzie Movie Guide, p. 92-94 (2005)
  7. ^ Schuchman, John S. Hollywood Speaks: Deafness and the Film Entertainment Industry, p. 111 (1988)
  8. ^ Bordman, Gerald & Thomas S. Hischak. The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, p. 270 (3d ed. 2004)
  9. ^ (11 July 1962). Jules E. Goodman, Playwright, Dies; Works Were Presented on Broadway and as Movie, The New York Times
  10. ^ (16 October 1908). Louis Mann Seen In A Melodrama, The New York Times
  11. ^ New York Times Oct. 26, 1912
  12. ^ The New Plays, Theatre Magazine, February 1915, Vol. XXI, No. 168, p. 56, 59
  13. ^ (16 June 1937). Play on Dumas In London, The New York Times
  14. ^ (3 November 1948). Premiere Tonight of Heyward Play, The New York Times

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