Charles Bennett

Screenwriter, Director, Playwright
Playwright whose first film writing credit was as co-adaptor--with director Alfred Hitchcock--of his own play, "Blackmail" (1929), which also happened to be the first sound film produced in England. Bennett's knack for ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1899 in Shoreham-by-Sea, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (35)

Land of the Giants 1968 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

War Gods of the Deep 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Writer

Five Weeks in a Balloon 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lost World 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Curse of the Demon 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

Dangerous Mission 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Story of Dr. Wassell 1943 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Joan of Paris 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reap the Wild Wind 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Foreign Correspondent 1939 (Movie)

(From Story)

Foreign Correspondent 1939 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Balalaika 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Young in Heart 1937 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Young and Innocent 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sabotage 1936 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Secret Agent 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 39 Steps 1935 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The 39 Steps 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1933 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blackmail 1929 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Blackmail 1929 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Magic (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Ivy (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Kind Lady (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

King Solomon's Mines (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Clairvoyant (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Green Glove (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Sign of the Ram (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Unconquered (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Where Danger Lives (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (5)

The 27th Day 1957 (Movie)

Gorki (Actor)

Narcotic 1932 (Movie)

Hand Wrestler (Actor)

Tillie's Punctured Romance 1913 (Movie)

(Actor)

Man Hunt (Movie)

(Actor)

Treasure Island (Movie)

Dandy Dawson (Actor)
Art Department (3)

Rappaccini's Daughter (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Movie)

(Art Director)

The Mating Season (Movie)

(Art Director)
Director (1)

Cavalcade of America 1952 - 1957 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Playwright whose first film writing credit was as co-adaptor--with director Alfred Hitchcock--of his own play, "Blackmail" (1929), which also happened to be the first sound film produced in England. Bennett's knack for tense adventure stories fuelled such subsequent Hitchcock outings as "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "Foreign Correspondent" (1940). He also scripted the first screen version of the classic adventure yarn "King Solomon's Mines" (1937) and, in the mid-1950s, began a multi-film association with producer-director Irwin Allen (e.g. "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" 1961, "Five Weeks in a Balloon" 1962). Bennett himself directed several features and from the early 1950s began working extensively in TV.

Relationships

Betty Bennett

Wife
Died in 1984

John Bennett

Son
survived him

Faith Bennett

Wife
Marriage ended during WWII

EDUCATION

educated at private schools in London, England

Milestones

1968

Final TV credit, wrote for the series, "Land of the Giants"

1965

Final feature screenplay credit, "War Gods of the Deep"

1953

US directorial debut, also wrote, "No Escape"; marks final segue into directing

1952

TV series debut as a director, "Cavalcade of America"; later known as "The DuPont Theater"

1950

First assistant director credit on Douglas Sirk's, "Mystery Submarine"

1949

Feature directorial debut, "Madness of the Heart"

1941

Consulted on Hitchcock's "Saboteur"; took no credit

1940

Final official screenplay credit (from story) in collaboration with Hitchcock, "Foreign Correspondent"

1938

First US produced feature, adaptation credit for, "The Young in Heart"

1937

Wrote original script, "King Solomon's Mines"

1937

Relocated to USA

1929

First screenplay (from play), first collaborated and co-wrote with Alfred Hitchcock, "Blackmail"; Britain's first produced sound film

1914

Film acting debut, "Tillie's Punctured Romance"

Served in WWI

Contributed episodes to a number of TV series including, "The Wild, Wild, West" and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1990 Bennett was hired by producers Stuart Birnbaum and William Blaylock to script a remake of "Blackmail" for 20th Century-Fox.

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"I never have been inactive; I never will be. At the age of 91, I want to live to 120 because there is so much I want to write." --Charles Bennett

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