Biography

Daniel Mainwaring (aka Geoffrey Homes) (July 22, 1902 – January 31, 1977) was an American novelist and screenwriter. A native of Oakland, California, he began his professional career as a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle and enjoyed a successful career as a mystery novelist (under the name Geoffrey Homes). He worked as a film publicist and eventually abandoned fiction for a successful career as a screenwriter.

His first novel (and the only one he ever published under his own name), One Against the Earth, was a proletarian novel about a young man born on a California ranch who becomes a drifter and is eventually unjustly accused of attacking a child, was published in 1932. He made his real mark, however, with a string of hard-boiled mystery novels (mostly with small-town California settings), the first of which was The Man Who Murdered Himself (1936).

His final published novel, Build My Gallows High (William Morrow & Co., 1946), is generally regarded as his best—and its adaptation (by "Homes" himself) into the film noir classic Out of the Past assured his place in film history. Mainwaring explained to interviewer Pat McGilligan that he regarded the novel as a departure from his earlier literary efforts:

With Build My Gallows High, I wanted to get away from straight mystery novels. Those detective stories are a bore to write. You've got to figure out "whodunit". I'd get to the end and have to say whodunit and be so mixed up I couldn't decide myself.

(Wikipedia)

Daniel Mainwaring (aka Geoffrey Homes) (July 22, 1902 – January 31, 1977) was an American novelist and screenwriter. A native of Oakland, California, he began his professional career as a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle and enjoyed a successful career as a mystery novelist (under the name Geoffrey Homes). He worked as a film publicist and eventually abandoned fiction for a successful career as a screenwriter.

His first novel (and the only one he ever published under his own name), One Against the Earth, was a proletarian novel about a young man born on a California ranch who becomes a drifter and is eventually unjustly accused of attacking a child, was published in 1932. He made his real mark, however, with a string of hard-boiled mystery novels (mostly with small-town California settings), the first of which was The Man Who Murdered Himself (1936).

His final published novel, Build My Gallows High (William Morrow & Co., 1946), is generally regarded as his best—and its adaptation (by "Homes" himself) into the film noir classic Out of the Past assured his place in film history. Mainwaring explained to interviewer Pat McGilligan that he regarded the novel as a departure from his earlier literary efforts:

With Build My Gallows High, I wanted to get away from straight mystery novels. Those detective stories are a bore to write. You've got to figure out "whodunit". I'd get to the end and have to say whodunit and be so mixed up I couldn't decide myself.

(Wikipedia)

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 42

Birthday 1902-07-22

Day of Death 1977-01-31

Place of Birth Oakland, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Dan Mainwaring
  • Geoffrey Homes
  • Geofrey Homes

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1984 Against All Odds Writer
1965 Convict Stage Writer
1964 The Woman Who Wouldn't Die Screenplay
1962 East of Kilimanjaro Story
1961 Atlantis: the Lost Continent Writer
1960 Revolt of the Slaves Dialogue
1960 Walk Like a Dragon Writer
1958 The Gun Runners Screenplay
1958 Space Master X-7 Screenplay
1958 Cole Younger, Gunfighter Screenplay
1957 Baby Face Nelson Writer
1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Screenplay
1955 The Phenix City Story Screenplay
1955 A Bullet for Joey Writer
1955 An Annapolis Story Screenplay
1954 The Desperado Screenplay
1954 Black Horse Canyon Screenplay
1954 Southwest Passage Screenplay
1954 Alaska Seas Writer
1953 Those Redheads from Seattle Screenplay
1953 Powder River Writer
1952 Bugles in the Afternoon Screenplay
1952 This Woman Is Dangerous Screenplay
1951 The Last Outpost Screenplay
1951 Roadblock Story
1950 The Eagle and the Hawk Screenplay
1950 The Lawless Writer
1949 The Big Steal Screenplay
1949 Roughshod Screenplay
1947 Out of the Past Novel Screenplay
1947 Big Town Story Screenplay
1946 Swamp Fire Screenplay
1946 They Made Me a Killer Screenplay
1946 Tokyo Rose Screenplay
1945 Scared Stiff Screenplay
1944 Dangerous Passage Writer
1944 Crime By Night Novel
1942 Secrets of the Underground Story Screenplay
1941 Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case Characters
1941 No Hands on the Clock Novel

Crew

1948 Big Town Scandal Radio Play
1947 Big Town After Dark Radio Play

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