Gerald Drayson Adams


Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Gerald D. Adams, Gerald Adams
Birth Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA
Born
June 26, 1900
Died
August 23, 1988

Biography

Gerald Drayson Adams brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. He wrote for TV series such as "Maverick" (1957-62) and "Northwest Passage" (1958-59). Adams started his entertainment career writing for films, including "The Miracle Kid" (1941), "A Guy, a Gal and a Pal" (1945) and "Dead Reckoning" (1947). He also appeared in "The Magnificent R...

Biography

Gerald Drayson Adams brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. He wrote for TV series such as "Maverick" (1957-62) and "Northwest Passage" (1958-59). Adams started his entertainment career writing for films, including "The Miracle Kid" (1941), "A Guy, a Gal and a Pal" (1945) and "Dead Reckoning" (1947). He also appeared in "The Magnificent Rogue" (1947), the western "Old Los Angeles" (1948) with Billy Elliott and "The Big Steal" (1949). Nearing the end of his career, Adams wrote "Three Young Texans" (1954), the Rock Hudson western "Taza, Son of Cochise" (1954) and the dramatic period piece "Princess of the Nile" (1954) with Debra Paget. He also appeared in the Victor Mature biopic "Chief Crazy Horse" (1955) and "Gun Fight" (1961). Adams more recently wrote the Elvis Presley musical comedy "Harum Scarum" (1965). Adams passed away in August 1988 at the age of 88.

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

Harum Scarum (1965)
Screenwriter
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
Story
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
Screenwriter
The Wild Westerners (1962)
Writer
Gun Fight (1961)
Story
Gun Fight (1961)
Screenwriter
Fury River (1961)
Screenwriter
Frontier Rangers (1959)
Writer
Mission Of Danger (1959)
Screenwriter
Affair in Reno (1957)
Story
War Drums (1957)
Writer
Tomahawk Trail (1957)
Story
The Black Sleep (1956)
Story
Gun Brothers (1956)
Story
Gun Brothers (1956)
Screenwriter
Three Bad Sisters (1956)
Screenwriter
Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
Story
Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
Screenwriter
Duel on the Mississippi (1955)
Story and Screenplay
Princess of the Nile (1954)
Writer
Three Young Texans (1954)
Screenwriter
The Gambler from Natchez (1954)
From a story by
The Gambler from Natchez (1954)
Screenwriter
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
Story and Adapted
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)
Story and Screenplay
Flaming Feather (1952)
Story and Screenplay
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)
Story
Steel Town (1952)
Screenwriter
Untamed Frontier (1952)
Screenwriter
Flame of Araby (1952)
Story and Screenplay
Son of Ali Baba (1952)
Story and Screenplay
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)
Screenwriter
The Sea Hornet (1951)
Writer
The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)
Screenwriter
The Lady from Texas (1951)
Screenwriter
The Golden Horde (1951)
Screenwriter
Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)
Story
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
Screenwriter
The Desert Hawk (1950)
Writer
The Big Steal (1949)
Screenwriter
Old Los Angeles (1948)
Screenwriter
The Gallant Legion (1948)
Screenwriter
The Plunderers (1948)
Screenwriter
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Story
The Magnificent Rogue (1946)
Original Story
The Invisible Informer (1946)
Original Story
A Guy, a Gal, and a Pal (1945)
Story
Tell It to a Star (1945)
Original Story
Duke of the Navy (1942)
Story and Screenplay
The Miracle Kid (1941)
Screenwriter

Life Events

1925

Worked as an export executive

1941

Scripted his first feature, "The Miracle Kid"

Videos

Movie Clip

Armored Car Robbery (1950) - At The Ballpark Little noted at the time but much praised in retrospect, director Richard Fleischer opens with cops Cordell and Phillips (Charles McGraw, James Flavin) racing to the old L-A Wrigley Field, where they don't realize crook Purvus (William Talman) is timing them, in Amored Car Robbery, 1951.
Armored Car Robbery (1950) - When You Kill A Cop Cops Cordell (Charles McGraw) and Ryan (Don McGuire) are just settling in to watch the stripper and gang moll they plan to interview, when Mapes (Steve Brodie), from the heist gang shows up, bare knuckle interrogation following, in Richard Fleischer's Armored Car Robbery, 1950.
Armored Car Robbery (1950) - Some Guys Might Go For Her In just the second scene, director Richard Fleischer getting full exploitation value from Adele Jergens as stripper Yvonne, with master thief Dave (William Talman) looking to take advantage of her discarded husband Benny (Douglas Fowley), in Armored Car Robbery, 1950.
Armored Car Robbery (1950) - Awake For A Year L-A cops Cordell (Charles McGraw) and Ryan (Don McGuire) frustrated that their dragnet hasn't caught the perps, quite impervious to caffeine, have only scorn for the insurance rep (Max Mellinger), in Richard Fleischer's heist-Noir, Armored Car Robbery, 1950.
Black Sleep, The (1956) - Opening, He Is As A Dead Man Producers getting their money’s worth with leading man Basil Rathbone’s opening narration, credits, then in character he visits a London prison where surgeon Ramsay (Herbert Rudley) faces execution, early exposition in the quasi-independent Bel-Air Productions feature The Black Sleep, 1956.
Black Sleep, The (1956) - Maybe We Should Have Confined Him Mad-ish scientist Cadman (Basil Rathbone) brings Dr. Gordon (Herbert Rudley), whom he rescued from hanging because he needed an assistant, to his home, where we meet Casimir, Laurie, Mungo and Daphne (Bela Lugosi, Patricia Blair, Lon Chaney Jr., Phyllis Stanley) in The Black Sleep, 1956.
Black Sleep, The (1956) - Anything Is Justified In his nifty secret coastal operating lab, Dr. Cadman (Basil Rathbone), assisted by Laurie and Daphne (Patricia Blake, Phyllis Stanley) alarms Gordon (Herbert Rudley), the surgeon he recently saved from execution, with his work on “K-6” (George Sawaya, in The Black Sleep, 1956.
Black Sleep, The (1956) - I Am Bohemond The Crusader Significant spoiler here, as Gordon (Herbert Rudley) and Laurie (Patricia Blake) have penetrated the secret wing where their employer Cadman (Basil Rathbone) imprisons his subjects, including John Carradine, George Sawaya, Sally Yarnell and Tor Johnson, the freak show, in The Black Sleep, 1956.
Between Midnight And Dawn (1950) - Men In Prowl Cars Emphasis on the police-procedural properties of the film, the opening of producer Hunt Stromberg's Between Midnight And Dawn, 1950, Edmond O'Brien the crusty older cop, Mark Stevens the younger partner, with some legit Los Angeles background footage.
Between Midnight And Dawn (1950) - I Only Carry Fifties LA cops (Edmond O'Brien, Mark Stevens) on a hunch visit a night club, noting the singing girlfriend (Gale Robbins) of boss Garris (Donald Buka), minion Quist (Philip Van Zandt) offering little resistance, early in Between Midnight And Dawn, 1950, from by-then Columbia producer Hunt Stromberg.
Between Midnight And Dawn (1950) - Bourbon And Water For Dad Off-duty patrol car partners and WWII vets Rocky (Mark Stevens) and Dan (Edmond O'Brien) bring their new friend, police radio dispatcher Katherine (Gale Storm) to an LA night club, aiming to dig up dirt on the boss, in Between Midnight And Dawn, 1950.
Harum Scarum (1965) - Shake That Tambourine Elvis Presley here plays American entertainer Johnny, somewhere in the Middle East to premiere his new movie, helping some local dancing girls earn their living with a tune credited to Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye, pickpocket Billy Barty working the crowd, in Harum Scarum, 1965.

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