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Also Known As: Died: March 25, 1977
Born: December 5, 1897 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Columbus, Georgia, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, short storyist, journalist

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Though not consistently successful, Johnson's overall output clearly marks him as one of the best scenarists to work within the Hollywood system. Prolific and versatile, he wrote or co-wrote impressive American portraits ("Jesse James" 1939, "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940), urban thrillers ("The Woman in the Window" 1944) and tough action capers ("Flaming Star" 1960, "The Dirty Dozen" 1967), as well as a host of memorable comedies. His occasional attempts during the 1950s to direct his own screenplays were generally less successful, though he did well enough by "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" (1956) and "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957). Johnson married actress Dorris Bowdon in 1940 and co-wrote the screenplay for "The World of Henry Orient" (1964) with his daughter Nora, author of the original novel.

Though not consistently successful, Johnson's overall output clearly marks him as one of the best scenarists to work within the Hollywood system. Prolific and versatile, he wrote or co-wrote impressive American portraits ("Jesse James" 1939, "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940), urban thrillers ("The Woman in the Window" 1944) and tough action capers ("Flaming Star" 1960, "The Dirty Dozen" 1967), as well as a host of memorable comedies. His occasional attempts during the 1950s to direct his own screenplays were generally less successful, though he did well enough by "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" (1956) and "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957). Johnson married actress Dorris Bowdon in 1940 and co-wrote the screenplay for "The World of Henry Orient" (1964) with his daughter Nora, author of the original novel.

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DIRECTOR:

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  The Angel Wore Red (1960) Director
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  Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957) Director
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  The Three Faces of Eve (1957) Director
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  Night People (1954) Director
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  Black Widow (1954) Director
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  Holy Matrimony (1943) Fill-In Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 The Big Show (1957)
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Began career as a reporter and writer for various newspapers and magazines
1927:
Made feature debut (uncredited), co-wrote the screenplay for Frank Capra's "For the Love of Mike"
1931:
Official screenwriting debut, also from story, "It Ought to Be a Crime"
1935:
First feature as associate producer, also credited for his screenplay, "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo"
1937:
Produced, "Cafe Metropole"
1943:
Formed International Pictures; later absorbed by Universal
1950:
TV debut as a writer on "Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theater"
1954:
Feature directorial debut, also wrote and produced, "Night People"
1958:
Received credit for the TV series, "How to Marry a Millionaire", from his screenplay of the same title
1959:
Produced final feature, also wrote and directed, "The Man Who Understood Women"
1960:
Final feature as director, also credited for screenplay, "The Angel Wore Red"
1963:
Served as a script consultant for the initial shooting of "Cleopatra"
1967:
Final feature, wrote the screenplay for "The Dirty Dozen"
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wife:
Dorris Bowdon. Actor. Married in 1940; played in "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940).

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daughter:
Marjorie Fowler. Editor.
daughter:
Nora Johnson. Author. Wrote novel "The World of Henry Orient" and co-wrote, with father, the screenplay.
son:
Scott Johnson. Scenic and lighting designer.
son-in-law:
Gene Fowler Jr. Editor.
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