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Charles Bennett



An actor both before and after World War I, Briton Charles Bennett was a name-above-the-title stage star throughout the 1920s. "It was enough artistically, but it wasn't enough financially," he would later explain, "So I sort of gradually began to write plays." Bennett eased into scriptwriting just as gradually when his play Blackmail was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1929. He remained a prime Hitchcock collaborator throughout the '30s, although what he wrote wasn't always what showed up onscreen. For example, Bennett's Bulldog Drummond's Baby was transformed by the legendary director into The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), minus the Bulldog Drummond character. Still, it was Bennett who contributed most of the little dramatic grace-notes which grew to be considered "Hitchcock touches," even if latter-day film historians tended to ignore Bennett, assuming that Hitchcock alone was responsible for the success of his films. Looking back on his long career in the mid-'80s, the writer regarded his Hitchcock years with less affection than he did his long association with Cecil B. DeMille. (DeMille reportedly wasn't keen on the screenplay for Reap the Wild Wind [1942] until Bennett read the script out loud, playing all the parts -- including Paulette Goddard's character). Bennett's last major writer/director collaboration was with Master of Disaster Irwin Allen in the late '50s and early '60s. In addition to his numerous screenwriting credits, Bennett directed two feature films (Madness of the Heart [1949] and No Escape [, aka City on a Hunt [1952]), and helmed several episodes of such TV series as The Count of Monte Cristo, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, and The New Adventures of Charlie Chan. He was working on several projects right up until his death in 1995.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Algerian
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet The Secret Of The Loch
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet King of the Cage - Big Stars, Best Knockouts
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet King of the Cage - The Superstars of KOTC Mixed Martial Arts
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet King of the Cage - Revenge
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet King of the Cage - Unfinished Business
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet King of the Cage - Aftershock
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet War-Gods of the Deep
  • Screenwriter
1965
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Screenwriter
1962
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • Screenwriter
1961
100% Curse of the Demon
  • Screenwriter
1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Screenwriter
1957
91% The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Screenwriter
1956
No Score Yet Kind Lady
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Madness of the Heart
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Magia Negra
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay
  • S.P.C.A. Driver
1943
92% Mrs. Miniver
  • Milkman
1942
No Score Yet Joan of Paris
  • Screenwriter
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Screenwriter
1942
90% Man Hunt
  • Costermonger
1941
94% Foreign Correspondent
  • Screenwriter
1940
No Score Yet Balalaika
  • Screenwriter
1939
92% Gunga Din
  • Telegraph Operator
1939
No Score Yet The Young in Heart
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet Narcotic
  • Hand Wrestler
1937
90% Secret Agent
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet King of the Damned
  • Screenwriter
1936
98% The 39 Steps
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Dandy Dawson
1934
No Score Yet Secret of the Loch
  • Screenwriter
1934
90% Blackmail
  • Screenwriter
1929
57% America
  • William Pitt
1924
No Score Yet Recreation
  • Seaman
1914
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance
  • Uncle Douglas Banks
1914

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