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J. Walter Ruben Facts
A graduate of Columbia University, J. Walter Ruben worked briefly as a stage actor, publicity flack, and vaudeville gagwriter before becoming a regional distributor for the newly formed MGM in 1924. He graduated to screenwriting in 1927, to directing in 1931, and later moved in producing.

Died of a heart ailment in 1942, complicated by a streptococcus infection brought on by the stresses of filming the movie Tennessee Johnson (1942).

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