September 16, 2003 by

Marion Hargrove


Categories: Hollywood, Military, Writers/Editors

Marion Lawton Hargrove, Jr., a screenwriter and best-selling author, died on Aug. 23 from complications of pneumonia. He was 83.

Hargrove was working as a features editor at the Charlotte News during World War II when he was drafted into the Army. The luckless private chronicled his basic training experiences at Fort Bragg, N.C., in a series of humorous columns for his hometown newspaper. His stories were then collected into the book, “See Here, Private Hargrove!” which sold more than 2.6 million copies, hit number one on the best-seller list and became a feature film, starring Robert Walker, Sr. and Donna Reed.

After his time in the service ended, Hargrove spent three years traveling through Asia as a staff writer for the GI publication, Yank. When he returned to the states, he moved to Hollywood and wrote nine screenplays and more than a dozen scripts for TV shows like “The Waltons,” “I Spy,” and “Fantasy Island.” He also penned a film adaptation of ”The Music Man,” which won a Writers Guild Screenplay Award.

52 Responses to Marion Hargrove

  1. Casey Hargrove

    Marion Hargrove was my great uncle. Although I never had the oppurtunity to meet him I have heard alot of wonderful and courageous stories about him from my family. He will be missed and loved forever.

  2. Pat huff thompson

    i am one the neices of marion got never got a chance to meet him,,i have one of his books and have seen his movies.He was my mothers brother.this can be verified (doris hargrove, i was never given the chance to meet her.)i loved all his writings and maybe some day can meet some more of the family

  3. Benjamin J Burgraff

    I grew up on “See Here, Private Hargrove!” and always identified with the hapless but totally likable G.I. It was fascinating to discover he also wrote for “I Spy”, years later, and lived a very full and rewarding life. I never met him, but he certainly made my life richer!

  4. Meredith Gold

    I had the amazing good fortune to meet Marion Hargrove when I was working at record store in 1984. He would come in weekly to purchase classical music – after a few visits (and my seeing his drivers license when he wrote a check) we realized that we shared the same birthday! I always looked forward to Marion’s visits to the record store – he was such a kind, interesting man and humble, too. It was only when I mentioned my new friend to my parents that my father explained who Marion was and what he had written – boy was dad impressed! When our actual birthday rolled around Marion came into the store to celebrate – I was turning 19 and he 65! He presented me with what is still one of my prized possessions – a first edition copy of “See Here, Private Hargrove” that he had inscribed to me! I was thrilled! We remained friends for a number of years, but I lost touch with him in the late 1980’s. I do think of him often, however – he helped me understand that the world is full of fascinating people and you never know where you might meet them! He was a dear man and I feel privileged to have known him.

  5. Alison Hargrove

    Marion Hargrove was my grandfather and I was very sad to have him go. I lived close by him, in Santa Monica, CA, and he would come over for dinner often. I remember he would always bring books and cassette tapes of classical music and wonderful stories. I’m glad to know that he has had an impact on people’s lives and that he is remembered.

  6. Jamieson R. Steele

    As a student and collector of WWII, I aquired his book, and read it last week. Absolutely a great and funny writer, I just loved it! I came across this page while trying to find more of his works to read, and hoped he was alive, so I could have my book signed, sadly too late.

  7. Judith Tye

    Am so glad to find a place I can post a tribute! I grew up on “See Here, Private Hargrove” and loved it well! I first read it back when the dinosaurs roamed, in about 1952, and I adored it and laughed my head off! I had no idea what else he wrote. Mr. Hargrove sounds like a man who would have been so much worth meeting. I am so sorry to have missed him. Thanks for this opportunity.

  8. Stephen Hargrove

    Marion Hargrove was my father. I am the father of Alison (see above). I, like most people, was deeply impressed by my father’s generosity and kindness. He was an fascinating and very intelligent man with a vast array of interests. He was also a fabulous story teller. As my daughter said, he loved to tell them stories, especially of me as a young person. One of his favorites was as follows:
    The Warner Brothers studio had sent him to New York to discuss adapting the Broadway show of The Music Man with Morton da Costa (the stage director – who had also directed the movie of Auntie Mame) and Robert Preston (the lead actor in the Broadway show). Since I was with him that weekend, he took me along to the Russian Tea Room to have lunch with these two to talk them into coming to Hollywood to make the movie. As we were ordering lunch, my father asked me if I wanted a glass of milk. I was looking at the menu, and said in an astonished voice: “A dollar twenty-five for a glass of milk??!! That’s outrageous!!” (This was in the early 60’s). However, my father said not to worry?.. that Jack Warner was paying for it. I still said no. I had water. So, the lunch went on with my father trying to convince the two that if the second act was pumped up and a different finale was written, that it would make a great movie. Just before we left, Morton da Costa turned to my father and said he thought they would do it, but only if your son is the executive producer. (I was very tight with a buck) Anyway, the film got made; my father won the Writers Guild award for the best musical; da Costa was nominated for an Academy Award (as well as 6 others on the film) and the Directors Guild award…….and; it was one of the last big screen American musicals.
    I can’t tell you how much I miss my father in the last few years. He was always a source of love and inspiration. When I went back to North Carolina, with my daughter Hannah, for my father’s memorial service, I told her that she would have to get used to people not being in a hurry and wanting to talk to us. These are the people my father grew up with. And sure enough, everyone from the man at the counter of the rent-a-car office to waitresses at road stop diners wanted to chat with us and exchange personal histories. The most asked question was: Who are your people? It was a wonderful experience to be among the people who helped mold my father’s character. I was very proud to be my father’s son and told everyone so.
    The years that have gone by since 2003 do not diminish the love of a lost one. I’m glad my children got to know him. My favorite picture of my father is having a granddaughter on his lap in my backyard reading to her. My children are still great readers and will carry on the literary tradition he felt was so important.
    Rest in peace, Dad.

  9. Cris (Carol) Lommel

    I am trying to find Marion’s sister Cheryl Wolf, her husband Ted (Edwin) Wolf, or their children Stephen, Merrill and Melanie. Ted and Cheryl were very good friends of my parents Dick and Nancy Lommel.

  10. Melanie Wolf Hine

    I am one of Marion’s nieces, Melanie, the youngest duaghter of his youngest sister Cheryl. I only met Uncle Marian a few times that I remember since we’ve always lived on the east coast. The last time I saw Marion my parents and I were visiting in Santa Monica from New York, probably in the early 80’s. I recall his showing off fruit trees (lemons?) in his backyard. He also intoroduced me to the pleasure of fresh avoadoes on toasted english muffins!
    To Carol Lommel, I remember your parents and stories and pictures my dad shared. I also remember a visit to their home in NJ, I believe. My mom passed away last summer; the rest of us are spread out between California and North Carolina.

  11. Molly Smith Williams Holler

    I found this site tonight and was delighted tto read the many posts from Marion Hargrove family and friends. Marion Hargrove came to Mount Olive at least every other summer and visited us. We had lots of fun with him. He would talk about days gone by as he remembered life growing up in Mount Olive as a child. I have a photo of him on the front porch of my family home with a bandana around his head as if to immulate Wille Nelson. My father Clyde Williams and Marion spent long hours researching family history. marion loved to document facts and was excellent at geneology. His geneological documentation is fascinating to read and so well done. My husband and I visited Marion and Robin while staying in California. We had dinner together at The Bel Air Hotel. Steele Memorial library, in Mount Olive has most of Marion Hargroves manuscripts and they realize how very fortunate they are to have these works. I recently located a movie poster, full size, of See Here Private Hargrove and donated it to the collection in Mount Olive. The Mount Olive Historical Museum will have some of his works there as well. Hello to Melanie Hine who I used to visit as a child and young adult in NYC, and Stephen Hargrove on the West Coast. Just a note to remember Marion who I was quite fond of. Marion had a full life with a very lovely family as well as having had a very rewarding career. I will always miss Marion Hargrove. He was a part of the history of Mount Olive, NC and a part of my family. Hi to all. Molly S. Williams Holler 1100 Lake Shadow Circle, 2304, Maitland, Fla 32751 (407) 754 2696
    (407) 399 1240

  12. Tammy Drake-Angel

    I am the great niece of Marion Hargrove his sister Melba was my grandmother. She was very proud of her brother Marion and even named my dad John Marion. I remember as a kid going to North Carolina visiting my Uncle Talmedge (Marion’s brother) and Aunt Edna. It’s been years since I have visited North Carolina. I wish I could have met Marion.

  13. Brian Beitler

    Marion was my first cousin. My Mother Annie Mae Jernigan Beitler was Marion’s Aunt and his Mother’s younger sister. They were very close in age and kept in contact all of their lives. We moved to California in 1960 and I remember many of the names on this blog. My sister Emily and I still live in the San Diego area. One of my fondest memories of Marion was visiting his home in Santa Monica as a teen and playing pool on an enormous and beautiful billiard table. He was the most well spoken man I have ever met, and I know my Mom loved him dearly.

  14. Hannah Hempstead

    My sister, Patty, went to school with Robin Edwards Hargrove, Marion’s wife and she would like to locate her to share some
    memories and old photos. IF anyone knows how to reach
    Robin, please email me. Thank you.
    Hannah Hempstead (sister of Patty Hempstead Hettler)

  15. Emily Beitler

    I have enjoyed reading these tributes about Marion. He was one of a kind. His mother Emma, and my mother, Annie Jernigan were sisters. Marion & Mom were fairly close in age though and they stayed in touch throughout their lives. Ironically he died on the same day as my Mom, 10 years later. Marion was my first cousin. As a kid, like my brother Brian previously said about some of his fondest memories, I too remember the 60s and the big house I believe, on Adelaide in Santa Monica. I especially remember Stephens’ wedding. I was lucky enough to have had a very nice visit with Marion about a year before he died. I was impressed how he was still sharp as a tac. I never tired of hearing his eloquent southern drawl that he never lost.
    Hello to all of Marions’ children and various other long lost relatives. I have lost contact with Kip Hargrove..where are you? Call or email me or can anyone give me an update on him? Also, to Tammy Drake-Angel, grandaughter of my cousin Melba. That must make my 2nd cousin, Johnny Drake, your father, is that correct? I remember him from our visits to North Carolina when I was young. I would love to hear about him.
    Emily Beitler

  16. Stephen Hargrove

    Hi, Mary: Saw your post requesting contact information for my brother, Kip. Here it is:
    I’m sure he’ll respond to you.
    And thank you for your kind words about my father. I clearly remember him speaking about your mother. He had a nickname for her – something like Anaheim Annie. I’m happy all the family is chiming in. I never met our cousin Molly Williams (who also put up a post) before my father’s memorial service a few years ago, although I did hear my father and younger brother, Jamie, talk about her father, Clyde Williams, who was a cousin of Dad’s. We are related by blood (but, not by marriage, as the case sometimes is). She is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. Her great (or great-great)-grandfather Robert Williams, was the father of our great-grandmother Jernigan whom I recall meeting in Mt. Olive as a young boy. I’ve asked Molly several times to talk to her father about the relationship between her family and ours (I think there is also a second connection), but her father is apparently very sick in Florida.
    Nice to hear from you.

  17. Patsy Huff Thompson

    Hi, Mr.Stephen Hargrove,I guess I am your cousin. My mother was Your Dad’s sister,Doris.I was never blessed with the chance to meet your Dad or my mother. Did meet part of the family,Cheryl,Melba,Rex,Talmadge,and Daphine.Through them i heard all the most wonderful stories of my family,and your Dad.I saw his movies and read his books.I have a copy of See here private Hargrove.I know you were proud of your Dad,and miss him terribly.Wish we could all be as wonderful a person as I hear he was….Just wanted to say hello and wish you and yours well.take care.

  18. Scott Van Valen

    To: Steve Hargrove
    Although I never met your father, he was kind enough to autograph a copy of his book for me (the one that you dragged back to Iowa after break) in the Summer of 1966. I also recall our many long conversations about our parents during those trying times at Parsons. I’ve often wondered what became of you after we last met in MYC during the Christmas holidays in 1967. If you’re so inclined, I’d love to hear from you…..

  19. Stephanie Hargrove

    My name is Stephanie Hargrove. My father was Rex Hargrove; Marion’s brother. I never had the privilege of meeting Marion; but have heard many wonderful things about him and all of his inspiring accomplishments! My father passed away when I was seven years old. I never really knew him and have very little recollection of him! However; my mother; Myrtle has told me what a wonderful man he was! I’m sure you miss your father tremendously! Would love to meet you ;Steven and my other cousins! I’m sure all of you are awesome folks! I live in North Carolina. Take care.

  20. Donn Hargrove

    Hi all…I am Donn Hargrove, son of Gordon Talmadge and Edna Hargrove.I am currently living in Chapel Hill NC (a small town 100 miles east of the metropolis of Mt Olive). Both of my parents are now deceased but my two brothers Bob and Ernie are still around and living in south Florida…it is great to read this blog and see names of folks that I have only heard about…I would like to hear more directly from relatives at my email….My wife Rosemary and I may be moving to Utah in the next year and would like to see and get together with west coast family.

  21. Stephen Hargrove

    Dear Family: I have to say that I continue to be very heartened by all of your contributions to my father’s blog and your desire to keep family ties alive. Marion Sr. and Emma Hargrove had 25 grandchildren: like Patsy Huff Thompson; Merrill & Melanie Wolf; Stephanie Hargrove; and, Donn Hargrove just to mention a few. Some of you are great-grandchildren. And we all share something no one else has – each other. Growing up away from North Carolina has kept most of my side of our family from meeting and knowing the rest of you. That’s a pity.
    When I read Donn’s post today, I suddenly had a flash. Wouldn’t it be great if we all used a free photo website (like Flickr or Photobucket) where we could post family photos? If we all can’t meet, we should at least be able to see each other. The cousins I have met, like Merrill, Rex Jr., Donn, and Clyde Williams all have that very familiar “look”. Rex was an exact younger version of my father. I know I would love to see the rest of you.
    I sent Donn an email today suggesting we create a photo site where can contribute pictures (old and new) of all the people and generations we can. If any of you have a site already or any good ideas about the best way to go about this, please let me know. My email address is:

  22. Vincent Hitt

    I am not a long lost relative, nor do I have any connection with the Hargrove clan whatsoever. I just wanted to say that I was doing a Google search for a friend named Marion and came upon this blog by mere happenstance and starting reading the entries. Mr. Hargrove sounds like such a fascinating and beloved gentleman (and the screen adaptation of “The Music Man” was always my favorite movie musical)that I plan on going to my local library and reading his book. The miracle of the Internet never fails to amaze me. Long live Marion Hargrove!

  23. Stephen Hargrove

    Dear Family: Donn Hargrove has set up a photo sharing album for all of us to use at The user name is “Hargrove” and the password is “family”. He and I have already put up sub-albums (which isn’t that hard to do). Just click on New Album. Put in who you are in the title and something like “photos of my family” in the description. As soon as your personal album is set up, you just click “Upload Photos” and you’re on your way. Any description you mess up on a particular photo – you can correct by clicking on “Edit Photo Properties”.
    We really want all relatives to put in their family photos and any old family photos you might have of previous generations.

  24. Donn Hargrove

    We are still interested in seeing family photos at the Hargrove website…go to…log on with user name hargrove password family and follow the directions to create an album and upload photos.
    Thanks Donn

  25. Sharon Tingley

    I first got in touch with Marion Hargrove when I was living and working in the Los Angeles area and was researching my Jernigan family history. I knew that Marion did a lot of work on the Jernigan genealogy and I asked if I could visit him at his apartment in Santa Monica and talk to him about it. Not only did he say yes, but he was so generous in lending me all his notecards and telling me all sorts of wonderful “Jernigan stories.” I spent several evenings with him after that. We went to the Family History Center together to do some research, ate a catfish dinner at his favorite diner, and I took him on errands to the grocery store where he knew the cashier and introduced me to her as his “cousin.” I located a couple of his “See Here Private Hargrove” books online and he autographed them for me. He was always so generous and thoughtful, and gave me a book of inventions for my daughters and a tape of his favorite Louis Armstrong music. I brought him his favorite kind of ice cream and we celebrated his birthday one evening. I especially remember a conversation I had with him about his mother, and he vividly described the way she would throw her head back and laugh, and the way her high heels sounded when she walked across the floor. I could tell that he was very fond of her. I moved away to Georgia and lost touch with him the last couple years of his life. But I enjoyed every second I spent with him; I only wish it could have been more often.

  26. Steven Lawton Hargrove

    I’m Steve Hargrove, Marion Jr.’s cousin. My dad was William Owen, Marion Sr.’s brother. Although I have great memories of many visits with Marion Sr. in D.C. and Ocala, FL, I didn’t have the honor of meeting Marion Jr.
    I was living in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2003 and recall being not surprised at all that the local paper mentioned his passing. So many times in my travels I’ve been asked, in a foriegn language, if I was related to Marion Hargrove Jr. To this day, I answer that question with a smile and a strong sense of pride. I didn’t know until I read these wonderful tributes to Marion that we share the same middle name; Lawton. My grandson, Noah Lawton Hargrove, shares the name, as well.
    My mom, Mary Hargrove, will be plesaed to read the tributes and I’m going to pass on this and the photo site info to my sisters, DeeDee and Patty.
    All the best to the Hargrove clan,
    Steven Lawton Hargrove

  27. Claudia Dawn Hargrove (DeeDee)

    As my brother, the other Steve Hargrove, said above, from childhood we knew of Marion, Jr., that he was an author, screenplay writer, etc., and lived in California. I remember looking for his name often during the credits of various shows and how excited we would be to see it on the screen. Our family was raised just outside Wash., D.C., in Silver Spring, MD.
    Steve, I am in possession of two letters and copies of census records back to the eary 1800’s, apparently compiled by your father. The letters are dated nearly 40 years ago, in July and November of 1968, when you lived on Adelaide Drive and are addressed to Juddie. They deal with tracing the Odems, Bells, Britts, Jernigans and Hargroves. To be honest, I’m not sure how I came to have these papers, but would be happy to send them to you. One is handwritten in beautiful script and the other, typed. They show great wit and determination in trying to put together the history of our family.
    I just spoke to my mother (age 85)and she recalled the opening of “See Here, Private Hargrove” in Miami. She and my father, known to the family as Owen, attended with Marion, Sr. in 1943.
    Please let me know if you do not have copies of the papers I have. This has been great fun and a wonderful surprize. My brother has always been good at surprizes!!
    DeeDee Hargrove
    Queenstown, MD.

  28. Patricia Ann Hargrove (Patty)

    Hello to All,
    My name is Patty Hargrove, daughter of William Owen and Mary Hargrove. Daddy’s older siblings called him Owen but Uncle Marion (Sr.), Aunt Buelah, Aunt Inez and Uncle Woody called him Buddy. My brother Steven, sister DeeDee and myself grew up with him being called Bill by his friends. Daddy was Marion Jr.’s uncle.
    I too remember growing up hearing of Marion Jr. and wishing that we had known him. We lived in MD and I think by the time we were born he was already living in California. Every summer when visiting Uncle Marion in Ocala, FL, he used to speak of Marion Jr. often. I believe I was only 11 years old when I first realized that I had a famous cousin who worked in Hollywood….HOLLYWOOD. To an 11 year old Hollywood only meant one thing. That he absolutely had to be working at that new place called Disneyland!!! Even though I had never met Marion Jr. I told anyone that would listen that I had someone famous in my family.
    As I grew up and had a family of my own (6 children), I also let them know I had a famous cousin who wrote a book that was later made into a movie and that he was also a writer for shows on television. I had long before seen the movie See Here Private Hargrove so imagine how pleased I was while visiting an antique shop and finding my cousin’s book. I could now show my kids the real thing. One of my daughters read the book and then wrote a book report announcing to all of her elementary school classmates that SHE was related to a very famous writer in HOLLYWOOD.
    When Marion, Jr. passed away, I felt a real since of sadness. Sadness of never having the opportunity to meet a cousin that I had heard so many complimentary things about and had admired troughout my entire life. Reading these tributes makes me realize he obviously was a great guy, wonderful father and grandfather.
    In closing I’d like to say HELLO to the Hargrove clan. Wish I knew you all. I live in Eldersburg, MD and my email, should anyone want to contact me, is
    Take care,
    Patty Hargrove
    P.S. – To Stephanie Hargrove….
    I remember your wonderful father Rex and mother Myrtle. The last time I saw them was in the summer of 1971. I visited them while they were vacationing with my parents in Myrtle Beach, SC. Your father was a very kind and caring man who loved his family and was always proud to let everyone know that. I always thought Myrtle was hysterical. She had the best sense of humor. My parents loved your parents and thought they were the greatest. I was so devastated so many years ago when I heard of Rex passing so suddenly. He was a wonderful man.

  29. Emily Beitler

    It is great reading these blogs about the family and seeing the pictures on photoape. I would love to contact some of these people though. How can we exhange email addresses? I wanted to say hello to my first cousin Cheryl Wolf and her kids. I remember them from my childhood growing up in Washington, D.C. I believe they lived in Maryland. Enjoyed seeing all the new pictures that have been added & hope to find some old family pictures of my own to upload.
    Does anybody know the whereabouts of Johnny Drake (son of Melba Hargrove) and Nancy Jernigan (daughter of James Jernigan)?
    ~Emily Beitler~
    from the Jernigan side of the family…daughter of Annie Jernigan (Beitler), niece of Emma (Jernigan) Hargrove and first cousin of Marion Hargrove Jr and last but not least, grandaughter of Louvenia Williams Jernigan, without whom, none of us would be here!

  30. Tammy Drake Angel

    To Emily – I am the daughter of Johnny Drake and Granddaughter to Melba Hargrove. I am sorry to say my Dad passed away Memorial Day 1997 and Melba passed away Memorial Day 1992. Please email at – love to hear from you.

  31. Carolyn Huff Ward

    Hello to all:
    What a wonderful surprise to accidently find this site. My mother, Doris, was Marion’s sister. I remember fondly, the the times spent at Grandmother’s home in Mt. Olive. One summer uncle Marion came for a visit and brought me a children’s book called “The Bear and the Beaver”. I will always remember him for his generosity and kindness to his mother. He was a very special man who never forgot his roots.
    My husband, Gene, and I have three sons (John, Bryan & Kevin). Kevin,our youngest, blessed us with two grand-daughters (Isabel & Sophie).
    I love the photos on Photoape and will start going through all my pictures. We live in Baltimore and would love to hear from all of you. I can be reached by email at

  32. Tim Murdock

    MY father, George A. Murdock was a friend of Marion Hargrove. They met at Ft. Bragg preparing to do their duty in WWII. I have recently rediscovered an autographed copy of “See Here, Provate Hargrove” (1942) that my father inscribed and sent to my mother on 10/21/1942. I remember my dad’s fond rememberances of that time in his life and his friendship with Marion Hargrove. Dad went onto become a captain, commissioned in the Artillery and served in North Africa and Europe, passed away in 1967 at the too early age of 48.

  33. mike parrish

    Anyone interested in Hargrove should also read the autobiography of his teenage girlfriend Hesper
    Anderson : SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD (2000). The local public library can get it for you.

  34. Stephen Hargrove

    Well….that last posting by Mr. Parrish is certainly a conversation stopper (or at least a pauser). For those of you who don’t know, Hesper Anderson is the daughter of probably the greatest American playwrite, Maxwell Anderson, who himself was an early mentor of my father’s. It was through his efforts that Dad’s first book was published. It’s been years since I’ve read her book. But I recall it was fascinating and very well written. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in teenage angst. Although my father was quite young himself at the time, I believe most, if not all, of Ms. Anderson’s portrayal of her relationship with my father. Her life, though, was a proverbial car crash while she knew my father. And, I would hardly describe her as my father’s “teenage girlfriend”.
    I once tried to engage my father in a discussion about this episode in his life after the book came out, but he would have nothing of it. So,all we have is Ms. Anderson’s account. I am satisfied with her rendition and think nothing more need be said. Life unfortunately, is replete with stories of unrequited or unfulfilled love.
    Also, I am shortly putting more old family pictures on Photoape and may need the aid of cousins to help identify parents and whatnot.
    My best to you all.

  35. DeeDee Hargrove

    Just a note to thank those continuing to post photos to the family album. I check it at least once a week looking for new pictures (thanks Steve, for your great additions) and feel I’m not alone by the shear number of hits on all the albums.
    Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer….it’s just going too fast!
    Fond regards, DeeDee

  36. Nancy Jernigan Springer

    I am Jimmy Jernigan’s daughter and Marion was my cousin. Someone mentioned “See Here Private Hargrove” and I decided to go on the intranet and see what I could find. I was never lucky enough to meet Marion but when he would go to NC, he would visit my father; I do have pictures from one of those visits. What a step back to memory lane. I remember visiting Rex when I was a child since we lived in Fla too. I also remember fondly our vacations to Washington to see Aunt Ann & Uncle Bill so it was great to see Emily Beitler’s message. I also remember going to see Talmadge when I was a child.

  37. Nancy Jernigan Springer

    I am so thrilled at stumbling across this blog. Jimmy Jernigan was my father, Emma’s brother and Marion’s uncle even though he was 6 mos younger than Marion. I never got the chance to meet Marion but my father always spoke so highly of him and it was exciting to know a member of the family was a famous writer. When my father died, I got the Jernigan geneology books that I believe Marion helped to compile. Reading these blogs brings back such old memories: visiting Mt Olive to see Aunt Emma, visting Washington to see Aunt Ann and all of the kids, visiting Rex in FL. Emily I did see your email and if you see this contact me.

  38. Teddy Hargrove

    Hi All,
    I’m Teddy Hargrove, Marion’s youngest son. Sure wish I could have been closer to all you relatives when I was growing up. We rarely saw any. I remember my Grandmother (Marion’s Mother) coming to visit from NC. She smoked Lucky Strike non-filters, and mid-wifed when our cat had kittens. I was pretty young then.
    We just celebrated my Mother Robin’s 80th birthday this past week. She told me a story about my Dad I’ll pass along, maybe it will amuse you.
    Cary Grant was trying to get my Dad to write a screenplay for him, or get some project going, something. One day they went out to lunch together. Cary kept on brushing his foot against my Dad’s under the table. At first my Dad thought it was an accident, but when it kept happening, my Dad realized Cary Grant was coming on to him! Only in Hollywood…

  39. Katherine Flippin

    My name is Katherine Flippin, I’m fourteen and live in Winston Salem, NC. My grandmother was Cheryl Wolf so Marian Hargrove was my great uncle, my mom is Melanie Wolf Hine. I never met him but he sounds like he was a very interesting man. One of these days I will read his book.

  40. Sharee Ryan

    How wonderful to read about Marion Lawton Hargrove. I look forward to reading “See Here Private Hargrove”. What a marvelous life.
    (I stumbled onto your blog because my mother’s name is Marion Hargrove, NB Canada. Perhaps we’re related.)
    Thank you for writing this blog and for sharing some of Marion Lawton’s story.
    With best wishes,
    Sharee Ryan

  41. Wally Hubbard

    Hi Stephen et al,
    From waay on the other side of the family, Alison
    Pfeiffer Hargrove (Marion Hargrove’s mother) and I were first cousins. I’m 82, and to further illustrate how far we go back (hide this from the wee ones) Alison was the person who told me there was no Santa Claus (and no, I haven’t forgiven her yet!).
    Her mom, Marie Pfeiffer (my mother’s sister) and dad owned a beautiful summer home (formerly an inn during the Revolutionary War) on Ames Hill in West Brattleboro, Vermont. We, in turn, owned a converted one-room school house and stable there, as well, and our families would be together practically every summer from, say, 1936-7 on.
    ..So much for Memory Lane. Anyhow, just wonderful how you guys are communicating! My very best to you all.
    Wally Hubbard (

  42. Helen Scanlan Tarbox

    Stephen, I use to babysit for you and your brother and sister when you lived at “The Moorings Estate” in Upper Nyack NY. I was looking for information on your family because I have your mother’s (Alison) wedding dress. Your Mom and my Mom were close friends. We all use to watch the Memorial Day parade together sitting on the curb by the fire house. Maybe you could let me know if you want the dress! Look forward to hearing from you. Helen

  43. Harold Stephens

    In those days in 1950 when people came to Paris they came by ship. Marion arrived on a French liner and was in Paris to write a series of articles for Colliers Magazine. I was an aspiring writer then, a Marine Security Guard at the US Embassy, and I got to know Marion and a number of others who arrived on the same ship. I remember one gent, a clothing manufacturer, Ben Freeman, from Philadelphia, and there was Doris Kamp, also from Philadelphia. Doris was a fashion model displaying a womens’ line of hats for Stetson Hats. It was an exciting time to be in Paris after the war. You could meet up with Hemingway and Jean Paul Sartre at Harry’s New York bar and have a drink with them, or you could drop into the Night & Day on Champs Elysees and see Orson Wells sitting with friends after a performance. Marion had his circle of friends, some from the Rothschild’s family and I remember Joe Heifetz, the daughter of Jascha Heifitz.
    One evening there was a party outside of Paris and I told the others I would meet them there. I would drive my Jeep, and old WWII vehicle. When Marion saw the Jeep he wanted to go with me, but more than just go with me, he wanted to drive. Doris decided she wanted to go too. Marion took over the driver’s wheel and Doris sat next to him. I sat in the back. I remember the street along the river, Quai de Bercy, where it happened. Marion, who was a bit tipsy, but not drunk, hit a bump, lost control and we banged into a building. It wasn’t a bad accident but enough for the tenants to call the police. It so happened a police wagon was on the way to the jail and the driver got orders to pick us up. A police officer told to get in the back, and when we looked up, the wagon was jam-packed with hookers who had just been arrested. We had to join them. The jail was a melee of shouting and yelling, causing us to miss our party. We spent the night in jail. I do believe Marion gave the plot of our arrest to Billy Wilder for Irma le Douce––it was that hilarious. Marion return to America and later was very helpful to me, as I wanted to be a writer and I envied him. I’ll shorten the story. I ended up marrying Doris, returned to America, got my degree from Georgetown and a divorce. I wanted to be a writer and Doris wanted something else. Marion, feeling sorry for me, invited me out to Hollywood. He was writing the Maverick series as I recall. Once there, I didn’t want the bright lights and went to Tahiti to live. I became the writer that I wanted to be, and in the back of my mind I hoped one day to see Marion Hargrove again. I just learned when I went to Wikipedia, where I am also listed, that Marion had passed away. I shall always remember him.
    Harold Stephens,,

  44. Shelly Wile

    My wife, Meredyth Clarke, and I, both knew Marion professionally and personally. Meredyth say SEE HERE PRIVATE HARGROVE, when she was twelve, in a small southern California town, and never dreamed she would grow up and work with him when she was the associate producer of a TV series called FOUL PLAY, in the mid 1980’s. She cherishes the time she spent with him. I saw the movie in a small theatre in The Bronx, N.Y. when I was seventeen, and had no idea I would grow up to be one of his TV and movie agents during the 50’s and 60’s. He was one of my favorite clients because he always took the time to make the relationship personal.
    When I stumble across this blog I was shocked that nobody else from the profession had made any comment, but then I realized that I am now 82, and that most of the people in the profession who knew and worked with Marion are gone. I am glad that Meredyth and I are still here to help keep his memory alive.

  45. Dolores Jernigan Lee

    I am another long lost relative. I live in North Carolina. My mother was Brownie Hargove Jernigan. I remember very well my Mother speaking often of Marion. He would call her several times a year and well as her calling him. My grandfather was Slyvester Nero Hargrove (Oh, what a name.)My Mother died March 5, 2008. I have a lot of information on the Hargrove Family. Some will be donated to the Museum in Mt. Olive NC. I have a paperback copy of his most famous book…See Here Private Hargrove. My Mother always spoke highly of Marion and was proud to tell people she was kin to him. I have lots of pictures that will be posted on your website soon. Glad to here you have a site. By the way, for anyone interested in attending a HARGROVE FAMILY REUNION in Mt.Olive, NC. It is the First Sunday of October of each year. I assisted my Mother each year in preparing for this reunion. She looked so forward to it. It has been held at the Beautancus Community Bldg. (formerly the old Franklin School House) It still has it’s original bell on the top. Everyone, please try to come this year. We have mostly relatives from NC, but have families from Fla., Maryland, Georgia attending.

  46. KC Hill

    I moved recently and there among the books was See Here Private Hargrove.
    I read that book when I was very young, it had been my grandmother’s. I so enjoyed Mr. Hargrove’s story telling.
    Over the years I’d see a credit on a tv show that had the last name Hargrove and I’d wonder if it was a relative of his. I thought it might have been his son. And for reasons I can’t explain I wanted to send a note to say I read this book, are you a relative? I wanted them to know how much I loved the book.
    And today I decided to google the name and came across this tribute page.
    I loved reading all of the memories and I just wanted to add my voice and say the book was just good reading, thank you.

  47. Alenda Michael

    After seeing this blog I am sorry I never had the chance to meet Mr. Hargrove, however my mother I believe did know him. Her name was Marcia Henderson.
    It was nice to see Shelly Wile post and I too am surprised not more people from the profession have posted. If anyone knows of my mother and the connection to Marion I would love to here from you.
    My family is all gone now (I ma only 46) and I have to say it does my heart good to see all the love and memories here in this blog – Stephen you have a wonderful family. God bless and keep the memory alive.
    Alenda Michael –

  48. elaine brock cross



  49. Stephen Hargrove

    Dear Ms. Cross: I am Marion’s son. I am well aware that the Brocks are our relatives. I’m not sure how you are related that way, but I remember my father mentioning that name. Albert is also a family name from the Civil War. He was my great-great grandfather Owen Hargrove’s younger brother. I asked my father once where the name Lawton came from and all he said was that he wasn’t sure. If you are on Facebook, you should ask Tony Hargrove from Swannanoa, NC. He is the family historian and would be more than happy to help.You may also find me on Facebook from Los Angeles. I’ll more happy to tell you anything I know.

  50. greg lawson

    I would like to hear from anyone who met or is related to Pvt/Sgt. Marion Hargrove. John Bushemi was his friend at Fort Bragg. I am writing a series of stories on Sgt. Bushemi and Marion as friends. Bushemi was KIA in WWII. Send any info to Greg Lawsom, M.Min., MSW 1043 Academy Drive, Conway, SC 29526-8576. I am a free lance writer and will keep your name out of story if you choose.

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