Biography

Born just before the century turned, Charles Bennett made his writing debut as a child in 1911, fought in France during World War I while still a teen and resumed his acting career after the war's end. In 1926 he dropped acting to concentrate on being a playwright, later turning one of his most famous plays, "Blackmail," into a screenplay for production under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. The affiliation with "Hitch" continued into the early 1940s, by which time both Bennett and the director were working in Hollywood. He wrote for producers ranging from Cecil B. DeMille to Irwin Allen to the penny-pinching folks at AIP. "If I couldn't write, I wouldn't want to live," commented Bennett, who had projects (including a remake of "Blackmail") going right up to the time of his death.

Born just before the century turned, Charles Bennett made his writing debut as a child in 1911, fought in France during World War I while still a teen and resumed his acting career after the war's end. In 1926 he dropped acting to concentrate on being a playwright, later turning one of his most famous plays, "Blackmail," into a screenplay for production under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. The affiliation with "Hitch" continued into the early 1940s, by which time both Bennett and the director were working in Hollywood. He wrote for producers ranging from Cecil B. DeMille to Irwin Allen to the penny-pinching folks at AIP. "If I couldn't write, I wouldn't want to live," commented Bennett, who had projects (including a remake of "Blackmail") going right up to the time of his death.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1899-08-02

Day of Death 1995-06-15

Place of Birth Shoreham-by-Sea, England

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Also Known As

  • John H. Kneubuhl

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1968 Land of the Giants (1 episode)Writer
1965 The Wild Wild West (1 episode)Writer
1965 War-Gods of the Deep Screenplay
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (5 episodes)Writer
1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon Screenplay
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Screenplay
1960 The Lost World Screenplay
1959 The Big Circus Screenplay
1958 Behind Closed Doors (1 episode)Writer
1957 Night of the Demon Screenplay
1957 The Story of Mankind Writer
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much Author
1954 Casino Royale Teleplay
1954 Climax! (1 episode)Writer
1954 Dangerous Mission Writer
1953 No Escape Writer
1952 Cavalcade of America (3 episodes)Writer
1952 The Green Glove Screenplay Story
1951 Kind Lady Screenplay
1950 Lux Video Theatre (5 episodes)Writer
1950 Where Danger Lives Screenplay
1949 Madness of the Heart Screenplay
1949 Black Magic Screenplay
1948 The Sign of the Ram Screenplay
1947 Unconquered Screenplay
1947 Ivy Writer
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell Screenplay
1943 Forever and a Day Writer
1942 Reap the Wild Wind Screenplay
1942 Joan of Paris Screenplay
1941 They Dare Not Love Writer
1940 Foreign Correspondent Screenplay
1939 Balalaika Screenplay
1938 The Young in Heart Adaptation
1937 Young and Innocent Screenplay
1936 Sabotage Screenplay
1936 Secret Agent Screenplay
1936 All at Sea Writer
1935 The 39 Steps Adaptation
1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much Writer
1934 The Clairvoyant Screenplay Adaptation
1933 The House of Trent Writer
1933 Hawley's of High Street Writer
1932 Partners Please Writer
1931 Deadlock Story
1930 The Last Hour Theatre Play
1930 Painted Pictures Writer
1929 Blackmail Theatre Play

Directing

1956 The Count of Monte Cristo (11 episodes)Director
1953 No Escape Director
1952 Cavalcade of America (6 episodes)Director
1949 Madness of the Heart Director
1930 Painted Pictures Director

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