Frederic Arnold Kummer

Frederic Arnold Kummer Sr. (August 5, 1873 - November 22, 1943) was an American author, playwright and screenwriter. He also wrote under the pseudonym Arnold Fredericks. Several of his works were made into films. A caricature of him is on the wall of Sardi's restaurant.

He lived in Maryland.

He married twice, first to the playwright Clare Kummer with whom he had two children. He also had three more children.

A Liberty Ship was named after him during World War II.

His son Frederic Arnold Kummer Jr. was also a writer.

In testimony to the Special Committee on Un-American Activities, he was noted as a member of the Lincoln Brigade executive committee.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 5th, 1873 (Catonsville), Died November 22nd, 1943 (Baltimore)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-24142 10-in. 5/21/1920 Once upon a time Lambert Murphy Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 78819 10-in. 11/19/1919 Once upon a time Fred Hughes Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 7063 10-in. 12/12/1919 Once upon a time Lewis James Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kummer, Frederic Arnold," accessed September 17, 2021,

Kummer, Frederic Arnold. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 17, 2021, from

"Kummer, Frederic Arnold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 September 2021.

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