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
Landed job as a sportwriter with the Phildelphia <i>Record</i>
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
Appointed newswriter, commentator, and narrator for NBC radio until 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
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"
Feature film debut as additional dialogue writer, "Sin Town" and "Men of Texas"
Wrote first feature, "White Savage"
Returned to radio writing including parts for Orson Welles
Joined US Marine Corps.
Wrote first novel, "The Brick Foxhole", while in Marines
While in the Marines contributed to scripts of Anthony Mann's "My Best Gal" (1944) and Robert Siodmak's "Cobra Woman" (1945)
"The Brick Foxhole" filmed by Edward Dmytryk as "Crossfire"; screenwriter John Paxton changed novel's murder victim from a homosexual to a Jew
Directed first feature, "Crisis"
Became an independent producer with "Lord Jim"
Wrote and directed final film, "The Fever"
Mortgaged home to make "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"