- Ferenc Molnár
name =Ferenc Molnár
caption = Ferenc Molnár (photo by
Carl Van Vechten, 1941)
birthdate = birth date|1878|1|12|df=y
Budapest, Hungary( Austria-Hungary) 1
deathdate = death date and age|1952|4|1|1878|1|12|df=y
New York City
occupation = Novelist
Ferenc Molnár (originally Ferenc Neumann
12 January 1878in Budapest— 1 April 1952in New York City) was a Hungarian dramatist and novelist. His Americanized name is Franz Molnar. He emigrated to the United Statesto escape the Nazi persecution of Hungarian Jews during World War II.
As a novelist, Molnár is remembered principally for "
The Paul Street Boys" which tells the story of two rival gangs of youths in Budapest. The novel is a classic of youth literature, beloved in Hungary and abroad for its treatment of the themes of solidarity and self-sacrifice. It was ranked second in a poll of favorite books as part of the Hungarian version of Big Readin 2005 and has also been made into a filmon several occasions. The most notable production was a [http://imdb.com/title/tt0062164 Hungarian-U.S. collaboration released in 1969] .
Molnár's most popular plays are "
Liliom" (1909, tr. 1921), later adapted into the Rodgers and Hammersteinmusical play "Carousel" (1945); "The Guardsman" (1910, tr. 1924), which served as the basis of the film of the same name (1931); and "The Swan" (1920, tr. 1922). The 1956 film version of " The Swan" (which had been filmed twice before) is famous for being Grace Kelly's last movie, and for being released the same year that she herself became a princess. She married Prince Rainier that same year.
Two of Molnar's other plays have been adapted for other media: "The Good Fairy", was adapted by
Preston Sturgesand filmed in 1935 with Margaret Sullavan, and subsequently turned into the 1947 Deanna Durbinvehicle, " I'll Be Yours". (It also served as the basis for the 1951 Broadway musical " Make a Wish", with book by Sturges.) The film version of the operetta " The Chocolate Soldier" used the plot of Molnar's "The Guardsman" rather than the plot of its original stage version. (The stage version of "The Chocolate Soldier" was an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's antiwar satire, " Arms and the Man", and Shaw had disapproved strongly that the operetta had stripped the play of its message.)
Molnar's play "Olympia" was adapted for the movies twice - as "His Glorious Night" (1929 - the notorious
talkiewhich allegedly ruined John Gilbert's career), and as " A Breath of Scandal" (1960), starring Sophia Loren. In 1961 Billy Wilderand I.A.L. Diamondadapted Molnar's one-act play One, Two, Threeinto a film of the same title starring James Cagneyand Horst Buchholz.
Finally, Molnar's play "The Play at the Castle" has twice been adapted into English by writers of note: by
P. G. Wodehouseas "The Play's the Thing" and by Tom Stoppardas " Rough Crossing".
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* [http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/molnar.htm Biography]
* [http://www.nypl.org/research/manuscripts/the/themolna.xml Ferenc Molnar Papers - The Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.]
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