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Also Known As: Charles Alfred Bennett Died: June 15, 1995
Born: August 2, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Shoreham-by-Sea, England, GB Profession: screenwriter, playwright, director, actor

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Playwright whose first film writing credit was as co-adaptor--with director Alfred Hitchcock--of his own play, "Blackmail" (1929), which also happened to be the first sound film produced in England. Bennett's knack for tense adventure stories fuelled such subsequent Hitchcock outings as "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "Foreign Correspondent" (1940). He also scripted the first screen version of the classic adventure yarn "King Solomon's Mines" (1937) and, in the mid-1950s, began a multi-film association with producer-director Irwin Allen (e.g. "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" 1961, "Five Weeks in a Balloon" 1962). Bennett himself directed several features and from the early 1950s began working extensively in TV.

Playwright whose first film writing credit was as co-adaptor--with director Alfred Hitchcock--of his own play, "Blackmail" (1929), which also happened to be the first sound film produced in England. Bennett's knack for tense adventure stories fuelled such subsequent Hitchcock outings as "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "Foreign Correspondent" (1940). He also scripted the first screen version of the classic adventure yarn "King Solomon's Mines" (1937) and, in the mid-1950s, began a multi-film association with producer-director Irwin Allen (e.g. "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" 1961, "Five Weeks in a Balloon" 1962). Bennett himself directed several features and from the early 1950s began working extensively in TV.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  No Escape (1953) Director
2.
  Madness of the Heart (1949) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bend of the River (1952) Young man
2.
 It Ain't Hay (1943) S.P.C.A. driver
3.
 Random Harvest (1942) Porter
4.
 Mrs. Miniver (1942) Milkman
5.
 Man Hunt (1941) Costermonger
6.
 A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) Man on stretcher
7.
 The Light That Failed (1940) Soldier
8.
 Adventure in Diamonds (1940) Cockney sailor
9.
 Gunga Din (1939) Telegraph operator
10.
 Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) Cockney singer
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1914:
Film acting debut, "Tillie's Punctured Romance"
:
Served in WWI
1929:
First screenplay (from play), first collaborated and co-wrote with Alfred Hitchcock, "Blackmail"; Britain's first produced sound film
1937:
Wrote original script, "King Solomon's Mines"
1937:
Relocated to USA
1938:
First US produced feature, adaptation credit for, "The Young in Heart"
1940:
Final official screenplay credit (from story) in collaboration with Hitchcock, "Foreign Correspondent"
1942:
Consulted on Hitchcock's "Saboteur"; took no credit
1949:
Feature directorial debut, "Madness of the Heart"
1950:
First assistant director credit on Douglas Sirk's, "Mystery Submarine"
1952:
TV series debut as a director, "Cavalcade of America"; later known as "The DuPont Theater"
1953:
US directorial debut, also wrote, "No Escape"; marks final segue into directing
:
Contributed episodes to a number of TV series including, "The Wild, Wild, West" and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"
1965:
Final feature screenplay credit, "War Gods of the Deep"
1968:
Final TV credit, wrote for the series, "Land of the Giants"
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Notes

In 1990 Bennett was hired by producers Stuart Birnbaum and William Blaylock to script a remake of "Blackmail" for 20th Century-Fox.

"I never have been inactive; I never will be. At the age of 91, I want to live to 120 because there is so much I want to write." --Charles Bennett

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wife:
Faith Bennett. Actor; aviator. Marriage ended during WWII.
wife:
Betty Bennett. Died in 1984.

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son:
John Bennett. Survived him.

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