Arnold Manoff (April 25, 1914 – February 10, 1965) was an American screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.[1] Post-1953, his scripts are credited as by "Joel Carpenter".


Manoff's first screenplay was made into the 1944 film Man from Frisco. Three more of his screenplays were made into movies prior to his being blacklisted: My Buddy (1944), Casbah (1948, starring Peter Lorre and Yvonne De Carlo), and No Minor Vices (1948, starring Dana Andrews, Lilli Palmer, and Louis Jordan).

Manoff moved to New York City in 1950; by 1953 his promising Hollywood career was ruined. Thereafter, he was only able to write for television under the pseudonym of "Joel Carpenter." Most notably, he wrote episodes for the Naked City (1962-1963), Route 66 (1963-1964), and The Defenders (1965) series.

Personal life

Manoff's first marriage was to Marjorie MacGregor with whom he had two children; NPR classical music critic and composer, Tom Manoff, and librarian-poet Michael Manoff (1946-2012).[2][3]

In 1951, he married actress Lee Grant. They had a daughter, Dinah, an actress in her own right, before divorcing in 1960.[4]


On February 10, 1965, Manoff died of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 50.[1][4][5]


  1. ^ a b Sanello, Frank (1989-02-15). "Talking With Lee Grant". Walker County Messenger. p. 4B. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Marjorie Jean MacGregor Archive". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Michael Manoff 1946 – 2012". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Rein, Richard K. (1982-04-26). "She's Lee Grant's Daughter, but Dinah Manoff Figures She Ought to Be in Pictures Too". People. 17 (16). 
  5. ^ "ARNOLD MANOFF, FILMWRITER, 50; Author Also of Plays for TV Dies -- Blacklisted in 50's". The New York Times. 1965-02-12.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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