W R Burnett

Screenwriter, Novelist, Hotel desk clerk
A highly-prolific author whose novels and short stories provided the basis for numerous films ranging from the gangster classic "Little Caesar" (1930) to the Western "Dark Command" (1940), W R Burnett also adapted his ... Read more »
Born: 11/24/1899 in Springfield, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Writer (28)

Cool Breeze 1971 (Movie)

("The Asphalt Jungle") (Source Material (from novel))

Cairo 1963 (Movie)

("The Asphalt Jungle") (Book as Source Material)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sergeants 3 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Badlanders 1958 (Movie)

("The Asphalt Jungle") (Source Material (from novel))

Short Cut to Hell 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Accused of Murder 1956 (Movie)

("Vanity Row") (Source Material (from novel))

Accused of Murder 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captain Lightfoot 1955 (Movie)

(From Story)

Captain Lightfoot 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captain Lightfoot 1955 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

I Died a Thousand Times 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Died a Thousand Times 1955 (Movie)

("High Sierra") (Source Material (from novel))

Illegal 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dangerous Mission 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arrowhead 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

Law and Order 1953 (Movie)

("Saint Johnson") (Source Material (from novel))

The Racket 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

("The Asphalt Jungle") (Source Material (from novel))

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Sierra 1940 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

High Sierra 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dark Command 1939 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

King of the Underworld 1938 (Movie)

(From Story)

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Finger Points 1930 (Movie)

(From Story)

Little Caesar 1929 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Biography

A highly-prolific author whose novels and short stories provided the basis for numerous films ranging from the gangster classic "Little Caesar" (1930) to the Western "Dark Command" (1940), W R Burnett also adapted his own work for film (e. g., "High Sierra" 1941) and wrote original screenplays, both alone and in collaboration (e.g., "This Gun for Hire" 1942, "The Great Escape" 1963).

EDUCATION

Miami Military Academy

Miami , Florida

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio

Milestones

1963

Final screenplay credit, "The Great Escape"

1960

Final TV credit as a writer, the ABC series "Naked City"

1959

TV debut as a writer, "The Untouchables"

1951

Wrote script for "The Racket"

1944

Penned the script for "San Antonio"

1941

First original screenplay (co-written with Frank Butler), "Wake Island"; received Oscar nomination

1932

Credited with adaptation and dialogue for Howard Hawks' "Scarface"

1929

Published first novel, "Little Caesar", loosely inspired by the life of Al Capone; filmed in 1930 with Edward G Robinson in title role

1928

Began writing crime fiction

1927

Moved to Chicago

Reportedly did uncredited work on the scripts for "Ice Station Zebra" and "Stileto"

Bonus Trivia

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Burnett also wrote episodes of the TV series "The Untouchables" (set in 1920s Chicago) and "Naked City".

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