Norman Reilly Raine


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Norman Reilly Raine (23 June 1894 – 19 July 1971) was the creator of Tugboat Annie and a prolific screenwriter who won an Oscar for the screenplay of The Life of Emile Zola (1937).

Early years

Raine was born at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He began writing in 1912, when he was 17, with a job as a reporter on The Buffalo Morning Express. He stayed two years and left for service... more »

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  • ''"I am innocent, Long live France! I am innocent," Dreyfus kept repeating, over and over, while they reviled him. All he needed was a crown of thorns.''
    Norman Reilly Raine (1895-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Heinz Herald, and Geza Herczeg. Anatole France (Morris Carnovsky), The Life of Emile Zola, speakin...
  • ''There are times when it is more courageous to be cowardly.''
    Norman Reilly Raine (1895-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Heinz Herald, and Geza Herczeg. Georges Clemenceau (Grant Mitchell), The Life of Emile Zola, urgin...
  • ''An artist should remain true. Otherwise his talent, like his stomach, grows fat and stuffy.''
    Norman Reilly Raine (1895-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Heinz Herald, and Geza Herczeg. Paul Cézanne (Vladimir Sokoloff), The Life of Emile Zola, to Emile...
  • ''A fat stomach sticks out too far, Monsieur La Rue. It prevents you from looking down and seeing what is going on around you.''
    Norman Reilly Raine (1895-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Heinz Herald, and Geza Herczeg. Zola (Paul Muni), The Life of Emile Zola, after being fired by La ...
  • ''Oh, you cold-blooded English. You'll be the death of me.''
    Norman Reilly Raine (1895-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Heinz Herald, and Geza Herczeg. Zola (Paul Muni), The Life of Emile Zola, to the innkeeper's daugh...
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