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Geiger, Milton (1907-1971) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Geiger, Milton (1907-1971)

Historical Note:

Milton Geiger (December 29, 1907 -September 28, 1971) was born in New York City, but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he received his first significant exposure to theater at the Cleveland Play House. He married the author Dorothy Rubenstein (pen name Dorothy English), and the couple moved to New York City so Geiger could pursue his writing career. They later moved to Southern California to work in the entertainment industry.

Geiger wrote radio and television scripts, as well as motion picture plays, theater plays, and short stories. His first commercial success was written for the radio's "The Rudy Vallee Hour" (One Special for Doc in his correspondence files), about a small town pharmacist. The CBS network hired him in the late 1930s as the script writer for the radio show "County Seat" launching his radio career. This series also featured a pharmacist, a vocation familiar to Geiger who was a licensed pharmacist in Ohio and California. During the 1950s he wrote for the CBS Lux Radio Theater show based in Hollywood. He also began writing for television, scripting episodes for Climax (1954) and Tales of Wells Fargo (1957). In 1958 Geiger wrote the highly acclaimed play Edwin Booth which opened in New York starring Jose Ferrer. Some well know personalities who performed or directed Geiger scripts were Orson Welles , Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, Lorne Greene, and Richard Dreyfuss. Milton Geiger passed away while sailing to England in 1971.

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