Richard Murphy

Screenwriter, Director, Print editor
Leaving his job as a feature writer for Literary Digest to go to Hollywood in 1937, Murphy started in the shorts department at MGM. His first screenplays, penned for Paramount and Republic in the early 1940s, were ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1912 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

The Kidnapping of the President 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Felony Squad 1966 - 1969 (TV Show)

Creator

The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Compulsion 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Angry Man 1958 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Desert Rats 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Desert Rats 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

U.S.S. Tea Kettle 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boomerang 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Back in the Saddle (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Cry of the City (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Deep Waters (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Panic in the Streets (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Slattery's Hurricane (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Singing Hill (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Wrecking Crew (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (6)

A Different World 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perfect Date 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

News Crew (Actor)

Mr. President (TV Show)

Actor

Roses Are For the Rich (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

VH1 News Special: Islamabad Rock City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

The Clan of the Cave Bear 1986 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (1)

The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1960 (Movie)

(Director)
Art Department (1)

The Antics of Ann (Movie)

(Art Director)
Other (3)

The 1996 World Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Other

Shaking the Tree 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Where the Heart Is 1990 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Leaving his job as a feature writer for Literary Digest to go to Hollywood in 1937, Murphy started in the shorts department at MGM. His first screenplays, penned for Paramount and Republic in the early 1940s, were B-action flicks and Gene Autry oaters. After Army Air Force service during WWII, Murphy signed with 20th Century-Fox and received his first Oscar nomination for the screenplay of "Boomerang" (1947), Elia Kazan's powerful, documentary-styled noir about the murder of a priest. Murphy's typewriter next yielded "Cry of the City" (1948), a superb film noir directed by Robert Siodmak.

In the 1950s, Murphy moved behind the camera on "Three Stripes in the Sun" (1955), an affecting romance about a Japanese-hating American soldier who has a change of heart when he falls in love. He later helmed the entertaining comedy-drama "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (1960). Murphy also enjoyed success as the creator of TV series including "The Felony Squad" (ABC, 1961-69).

EDUCATION

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts
graduated

Milestones

1980

Last screenplay (after twenty years), "The Kidnapping of the President"

1967

Wrote and produced a pilot for a "Hardy Boys" TV series

1966

Created the TV series, "The Felony Squad", starring Howard Duff and Dennis Cole, which ran until 1969

1963

Moved into TV by creating the TV sitcom, "Our Man Higgins", starring Stanley Holloway

1960

Directed a second feature film, "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (also wrote)

1955

Directorial debut, "Three Stripes in the Sun" (also wrote)

1947

Film screenplay after WWII service, "Boomerang"

1944

Signed with 20th Century-Fox upon his return from war service (date approximate)

1941

Joined the Army Air Force; reached the rank of captain serving in the Philippines and New Guinea

1940

First screenplay, "Back in the Saddle", starring Autry

1940

Received feature screen credit for providing the story for the Gene Autry Western, "The Singing Hill"

1937

Left the magazine and moved to Hollywood; began working in the shorts department of MGM

Worked as a feature writer for Literary Digest in the mid-1930s

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