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 DeepScreenplay
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea(5 episodes)Writer
1962 Five Weeks in a BalloonScreenplay
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaScreenplay
1960 The Lost WorldScreenplay
1959 The Big CircusScreenplay
1958 Behind Closed Doors(1 episode)Writer
1957 Night of the DemonScreenplay
1957 The Story of MankindWriter
1956 The Man Who Knew Too MuchAuthor
1954 Casino RoyaleTeleplay
1954 Climax!(1 episode)Writer
1954 Dangerous MissionWriter
1953 No EscapeWriter
1952 Cavalcade of America(3 episodes)Writer
1952 The Green GloveStory
1952 The Green GloveScreenplay
1951 Kind LadyScreenplay
1950 Lux Video Theatre(5 episodes)Writer
1950 Where Danger LivesScreenplay
1949 Madness of the HeartScreenplay
1949 Black MagicScreenplay
1948 The Sign of the RamScreenplay
1947 UnconqueredScreenplay
1947 IvyWriter
1944 The Story of Dr. WassellScreenplay
1943 Forever and a DayWriter
1942 Reap the Wild WindScreenplay
1942 Joan of ParisScreenplay
1941 They Dare Not LoveWriter
1940 Foreign CorrespondentScreenplay
1939 BalalaikaWriter
1938 The Young in HeartAdaptation
1937 Young and InnocentScreenplay
1936 SabotageScreenplay
1936 Secret AgentScreenplay
1936 All at SeaWriter
1935 The 39 StepsAdaptation
1934 The Man Who Knew Too MuchWriter
1934 The ClairvoyantScreenplay
1934 The ClairvoyantAdaptation
1933 The House of TrentWriter
1933 Hawley's of High StreetWriter
1932 Partners PleaseWriter
1931 DeadlockStory
1930 The Last HourTheatre Play
1930 Painted PicturesWriter
1929 BlackmailAuthor

Directing

1956 The Count of Monte Cristo(11 episodes)Director
1953 No EscapeDirector
1952 Cavalcade of America(6 episodes)Director
1949 Madness of the HeartDirector
1930 Painted PicturesDirector

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