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Crowther, Bosley (1905-1981)



  • Existence: 1905 - 1981


Bosley Crowther (1905-1981) was a film critic in New York for the New York Times.

Bosley Crowther, otherwise known as Francis Bosley Crowther Jr., was born in Lutherville, Baltimore, Maryland, on July 13, 1905, to parents Francis Bosley Crowther and Eliza Hay Leisenring. He attended schools in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Later he attended Woodbury Forest School in Woodbury, Virginia. After high school Bosley was educated at Princeton University. After graduating from Princeton University, he moved to New York, and took up a job at the New York Times, where he worked as a film critic from 1940 until his retirement in 1967. Bosley was known as a renowned film critic and influenced television and media from the time he started at the New York Times. He was especially well known from the 1950's until the late 1960's and served as the president of the New York Film Critics. After receiving one of the first screen writer's guild awards, he retired in 1968. Bosley married his wife Florence H. Marks on January 20, 1933, and they had one child. He died March 7, 1981, in Mount Kisco, New York.

Family Search, via WWW, December 13, 2022 (Francis Bosley Crowther Jr.; b. Jul. 13,1905; d. Mar. 7, 1981; Mother Eliza Hay Leisenring; Father, Francis Bosley; Wife Florence H Marks; One Child)

New York Times, via WWW, December 13, 2022 (Bosley Crowther, 27 Years a Critic of Films for Times, is Dead at 75; Received awards; Was a renowned film critic; Princeton University; Woodbury highschool; President of New York Times Film Critics; 5 books)

The lion's share, 1957.

The Routledge film music sourcebook, 2012:p. 121 (Bosley Crowther; b. 1905, d. 1981; chief film reviewer for the New York times for 27 years)

Info. converted from 678, 2012-10-02(b. 1905)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Bosley Crowther interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230319532]
Identifier: MSS SC 2143
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview of Bosley Crowther in May of 1958. Crowther talks about his job working with The New York Times, the function of a motion picture critic, and his feelings on motion pictures.

Dates: 1858

Bosley Crowther papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1491
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, inter-office memoranda, magazine articles, lectures, drafts of books, and miscellaneous items. Also included are microfiche copies of the collection. The materials relate to Crowther's career as a film critic, his writings and publications, and his work as a newspaperman.

Dates: 1924-1978

Bosley Crowther photographs and negatives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 144
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 166 photographs and 57 nitrate negatives related to Bosley Crowther's career and personal life. Images were taken between the 1950s and 1970.

Dates: approximately 1950-1979

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Collection 3
Archival Object 1
Actors -- United States -- Photographs 1
Articles 1
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 1
Black-and-white negatives 1
Drafts (Documents) 1