Samuel Goldwyn (born Schmuel Gelbfisz; c. July 1879 – January 31, 1974), also known as Samuel Goldfish, was an American film producer. He was most well known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood.

Goldwyn was born Schmuel Gelbfisz in Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire, to a Hasidic, Polish Jewish family. His parents were Aaron David Gelbfisz, a peddler, and his wife, Hannah Reban (née Jarecka). At an early age, he left Warsaw on foot and penniless. He made his way to Birmingham, England, where he remained with relatives for a few years using the name Samuel Goldfish.

In 1898, he emigrated to the United States, but fearing refusal of entry, he got off the boat in Nova Scotia, Canada, before moving on to New York in January 1899. He found work in upstate Gloversville, New York, in the bustling garment business. Soon his innate marketing skills made him a very successful salesman at the Elite Glove Company. After four years, as vice-president for sales, he moved back to New York City and settled at 10 West 61st Street.


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Gentlemen, include me out!
Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Attributed in The Goldwyn Touch, ch. 10, Michael Freedland (1986). Remark Oct 1933, on resigning from the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America over a labor dispute. Goldwyn himself denied ever having used the words, as he denied most "Goldwynisms," claiming instead to have said, "Gentlemen, I'm withdrawing from the association."
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it is written on.
Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Attributed in The Great Goldwyn, ch. 1, Alva Johnston (1937). In Paul F. Boller, Jr. and John George, They Never Said It, Goldwyn's actual words are said to have been, "His verbal contract is worth more than the paper it's written on," referring to movie executive Joseph M. Schenck, who was regarded as completely trustworthy. This was possibly another of the many Goldwynisms cooked up by his own staff.
"Too caustic?" To hell with the cost. If it's a good picture, we'll make it.
Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Alva Johnston, The Great Goldwyn, ch. 1 (1937). To a director who was asked his opinion of a script.

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