John Michael Hayes

Screenwriter, Producer, Screenwriting teacher
Penned a host of scripts during the 1950s and 60s, many of them so-called "women's pictures," but is best remembered for his work on several witty Hitchcock films. Twice nominated for an Oscar ("Rear Window" 1954 ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1919 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA


Writer (25)

Iron Will 1994 (Movie)


Adams of Eagle Lake 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Harlow 1965 (Movie)


Judith 1965 (Movie)


Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)


Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Chalk Garden 1964 (Movie)


The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)


Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)


The Children's Hour 1961 (Movie)


Butterfield 8 1960 (Movie)


But Not For Me 1958 (Movie)


The Matchmaker 1958 (Movie)


Peyton Place 1957 (Movie)


The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)


The Trouble With Harry 1955 (Movie)


To Catch a Thief 1955 (Movie)


Rear Window 1954 (Movie)


War Arrow 1953 (Movie)


Red Ball Express 1952 (Movie)


Torch Song 1952 (Movie)


It's a Dog's Life (Movie)


Pancho Barnes (TV Show)


Thunder Bay (Movie)


Winter Kill (TV Show)

Actor (2)

The Thrill of Genius 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Producer (1)

Nevada Smith 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)



Penned a host of scripts during the 1950s and 60s, many of them so-called "women's pictures," but is best remembered for his work on several witty Hitchcock films. Twice nominated for an Oscar ("Rear Window" 1954, "Peyton Place" 1957), Hayes had a string of respectable box office and occasional critical hits. His other Hitchcock collaborations include, "The Trouble With Harry" (1955), "To Catch a Thief" (1955) and the remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956). His relationship with Hitch soured when the trades began referring to their projects as "Hitchcock-Hayes" films. Hitchcock was never crazy about sharing credit with anyone. In 1956 he asked Hayes to work for nothing on a film he owed Warner Bros., "The Wrong Man." When Hayes refused Hitchcock never spoke to him again.


Meredyth Hayes

born in Maine

Rochelle Hayes

born in August 1952 in California

Corey Hayes

born in Maine

Garrett Hayes

born in February 1956 in California

Mel Lawrence

married on August 29, 1950


Massachusetts State College

Amherst , Massachusetts
school name later changed to the University of Massachusetts



Wrote "Iron Will"


Wrote the teleplay for the CBS biopic "Pancho Barnes"


Taught film studies and screenwriting at Dartmouth College


First feature script after 14-year pause, "Champagne for Breakfast"


Produced and wrote pilot episode for a proposed NBC series based on "Nevada Smith"


First script for a TV-movie, "Winter Kill" (ABC)


Penned the screenplay for "Walking Tall", the biography of Sheriff Buford Pusser; opted to remove name from credits


Wrote the original story and the screenplay for the Western "Nevada Smith"


Had two screenplay adaptations produced, "The Chalk Garden" and "The Carpetbaggers"


Began association with Joseph E Levine and Embassy Pictures


Scripted "Butterfield 8", adapted from stories by John O'Hara


Adapted Thornton Wilder's play "The Matchmaker" into a feature film


Penned the adaptation of "Peyton Place"; earned second Oscar nomination


Last collaboration with Hitchcock, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"


Wrote two screenplays filmed by Hitchcock, "The Trouble With Harry" and "To Catch a Thief"


First script directed by Alfred Hitchcock, "Rear Window"; nominated for an Academy Award


First produced screenplay, "Red Ball Express"

Left newspaper reporting to work as an editor and feature writer for radio

While still in his teens, hired as a cub reporter at the Worcester Telegram

Wrote for radio shows including "Amos and Andy", "Alias Jane Doe" and "The Adventures of Sam Spade"

Moved to Maine

Drafted into the US Army during WWII; spent part of time entertaining troops by recreating his father's vaudeville act

Returned to California

Moved to California after WWII to pursue career as a radio writer

After college, worked as editor of daytime serials for Proctor and Gamble

Hired as a writer on "My Favorite Husband", starring Lucille Ball

Wrote for the radio series "The Whistler" and "Twelve Players"

Was a sickly child, spending much of his youth suffering with a series of illnesses

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis; hospitalized for a year and a half at a veterans' facility in Massachusetts

In early 1930s, family relocated from Michigan to New Hampshire and later Worcester, Massachusetts

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