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George Froeschel

Georg "George" Froeschel (March 9, 1891 – November 22, 1979) was an Austrian screenwriter best known for Mrs. Miniver, Quentin Durward, and The Story of Three Loves, while working for MGM in the 1940s and 1950s. Before working in film he was a lawyer and journalist.


Georg Froeschel was born in 1891, the son of a Jewish banker in Vienna. He wrote his first novel during his time at grammar school, Ein Protest (A Protest). After his postgraduate studies he was Doctor of Laws. In World War I he wrote reports for the k.u.k. army. Following he wrote several novels, of which some were adapted for films in the 1920s. In the 1920s he worked for the Ullstein-Verlag in Berlin.

In 1936 he emigrated to the United States, where he first worked in the editorial office of Chicago's Coronet magazine. His efforts to find a job in Hollywood's film industry were not successful until April 1939, when Sidney Franklin of MGM engaged him as screenwriter.


  • 1921: Roswolsky's Mistress (GER, Felix Basch; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1921: Der Schlüssel zur Macht (AUT, ? ; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1927: Der Anwalt des Herzens (GER, Wilhelm Thiele; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1928: Weib in Flammen (GER, Max Reichmann; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)
  • 1929: Skandal in Baden-Baden (GER, Erich Waschneck; based on a novel by G. Froeschel)



Froeschel won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay for the 1942 film Mrs. Miniver (along with co-writers James Hilton, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis).


  • Rudolf Ulrich: Österreicher in Hollywood. Verlag Filmarchiv Austria, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-901932-29-1, p. 148 and 149 (German)

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