Rian James - Wikipedia

Rian James
Julian Herbert Rothschild
aka James Herbert Rothschild

(1899-10-03)October 3, 1899
DiedApril 26, 1953(1953-04-26) (aged 53)
Years active1932-1947

Rian James (né Julian Herbert Rothschild; October 3, 1899 – April 26, 1953) was an American screenwriter and author. He wrote for more than 30 films between 1932 and 1947.


A "Jack of all trades", James was a columnist covering arts and entertainment for the Brooklyn Eagle from about 1928 to 1935. He later was a foreign correspondent, parachute jumper, stunt man, airmail pilot, Air Force lieutenant, vaudeville actor, and finally, writer, director and producer.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Dining in New York (2nd ed.), John Day Company (1931); OCLC 4422342
  • Love is a Racket, Alfred H. King (1931); OCLC 2813381
  • 42nd Street (screenplay); OCLC 25378334
  • Helldorado
  • Not Made In Heaven, Julian Messner (1936)
  • Broadway Limited (1941)

Selected filmography[edit]

As story writer
As screenwriter
As adaptation writer

Family history[edit]

Several biographical sources state that James was born in Eagle Pass, Texas. But he was actually born in Manhattan, New York, October 3, 1899, to Alexander Walter Rothschild and Sophie Nusbaum. James died at age 53, from Leukemia, in Newport Beach, California. He was survived by wife Anne James (née Marina Alexeieff Zeitlin, known as Anne Andre; born 1919), an English actress, and children, Rian Jeffrey James and Victoria James. James' mother was a sister-in-law of songwriter Albert Von Tilzer.

Prior marriages
  • Dorothy Pauline Barmon (1902–1976), married March 31, 1921
  • Goldie Jane H. Taub (born 1904), married April 28, 1924, Manhattan, New York
  • Diane Corday, married May 5, 1930, divorced April 18, 1936


  1. ^ "New York City Births, 1846–1909 Database," FamilySearch: Alex W Rothschild in entry for Julian Herbert Rothschild (accessed October 13, 2015)
  2. ^ British Film Institute Film Classics" (Vol. 1 of 1), by Rob White & Edward Buscombe, Fitzroy Dearborn (2003), pg. 202; OCLC [https://www.worldcat.org/oclc/47119062 47119062

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