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Also Known As: Died: March 11, 1992
Born: May 18, 1912 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Writer ...
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During the Depression traveled to Pittsburgh, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Texas earning a living by writing on space rates for local papers and doing odd jobs
1932:
Landed job as a sportwriter with the Phildelphia <i>Record</i>
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Joined Atlanic City <i>Press Union</i>; moved to NYC and joined Radio WNEW where he edited four news broadcasts a day and wrote one
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Appointed newswriter, commentator, and narrator for NBC radio until 1940
1940:
Founded theater company, "The Mill Pond Theatre" (with David Loew) in Roslyn, New York; made directing debut when the two took turns directing the plays they produced there during summer
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Took trip to California in October and got job as writer for local radio station; wrote a short story every day and read it over the air; also wrote and directed the radio show "William Sands"
1942:
Feature film debut as additional dialogue writer, "Sin Town" and "Men of Texas"
1943:
Wrote first feature, "White Savage"
1943:
Returned to radio writing including parts for Orson Welles
1943:
Joined US Marine Corps.
1945:
Wrote first novel, "The Brick Foxhole", while in Marines
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While in the Marines contributed to scripts of Anthony Mann's "My Best Gal" (1944) and Robert Siodmak's "Cobra Woman" (1945)
1946:
Signed with MGM
1947:
"The Brick Foxhole" filmed by Edward Dmytryk as "Crossfire"; screenwriter John Paxton changed novel's murder victim from a homosexual to a Jew
1950:
Directed first feature, "Crisis"
1965:
Became an independent producer with "Lord Jim"
1985:
Wrote and directed final film, "The Fever"
1977:
Mortgaged home to make "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"

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