Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy birthday, W. R. Burnett.

John Garfield in
Nobody Lives Forever
(writ. W. R. Burnett, 1946)
W[illiam]. R[iley]. Burnett, author of the hard-edged classics Little Caesar (1929), High Sierra (1940), Nobody Lives Forever (1943), The Asphalt Jungle (1949), and several other novels, was born today in Springfield, Ohio, in 1899. His scripts include the films The Getaway, This Gun for Hire, The Racket, and The Great Escape as well as episodes of the TV series Naked City and The Untouchables. MWA named him a Grand Master in 1980; he died in 1982. Stark House Press has reissued Burnett's It's Always Four O'Clock (1956) and Iron Man (1930).

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