Jane Murfin (October 27, 1884 ￢ﾀﾓ August 10, 1955) was an
American playwright and screenwriter.
Born in Quincy, Michigan, Murfin began her career with the
play Lilac Time, which she co-wrote with Jane Cowl. The Broadway production
opened on February 6, 1917 and ran for 176 performances. Later that year the
two women collaborated on Daybreak, followed by Information Please (1918) and
Smilin' Through (1919), for which they used the pseudonym Allan Langdon Martin.
Murfin's screen credits include Way Back Home (1931), Our
Betters (1933), The Little Minister (1934), Spitfire (1934), Roberta (1935),
Alice Adams (1935), The Women (1939), Pride and Prejudice (1940) and Dragon
Murfin and Adela Rogers St. Johns were nominated for the
Academy Award for Best Story for What Price Hollywood? (1932), but lost to
Frances Marion for The Champ.
Murfin was married to film director Laurence Trimble from
1915 until 1926 and actor Donald Crisp from 1932 until 1944. She is buried near
Jane Cowl at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.