Sam Forrest


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(1870–1944), director. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he made his debut as an actor but soon turned to directing. His first Broadway assignment was staging Springtime (1909), then he caught the attention of George M. Cohan and Sam Harris, for whom he co-directed his first major hit, Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1910). Over the next thirty years he staged approximately one hundred plays, mainly for Cohan and Harris. Among his notable successes were Officer 666 (1912), Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913), On Trial (1914), The Great Lover (1915), A Tailor Made Man (1917), Three Faces East (1918), Six-Cylinder Love (1921), The Hero (1921), Icebound (1923), Cradle Snatchers (1925), and Baby Cyclone (1927). His final assignment was Cohan's The Return of the Vagabond (1940).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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