Harry J. Essex

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A scriptwriter by the '40s, Harry J. Essex wrote such memorable '50s crime films as The Killer That Stalked New York, The Fat Man, and Kansas City Confidential, as well as two which he directed, I, the Jury and Mad at the World. He also scripted Jack Arnold's landmark science-fictioners It Came from Outer Space and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and several sturdy westerns, including Henry Hathaway's The Sons of Katie Elder with John Wayne. Essex started out in the theater after graduation from St. John's University. During WW II, he served in the U.S. army. In addition to writing screenplays, Essex wrote for the stage and for television series such as The Untouchables and Playhouse 90. He has also written three novels, which became the following films: Henry Levin's The Lonely Man, Man and Boy with Bill Cosby, and the spaghetti western Los Amigos/Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears with Anthony Quinn. Essex died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 86.

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No Score Yet It Came from Outer Space II Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet The Cremators Director Producer 1972
No Score Yet Man and Boy Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Octaman Director Screenwriter 1971
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet The Lonely Man Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Raw Edge Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Teen-Age Crime Wave Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Southwest Passage Screenwriter 1954
84% Creature from the Black Lagoon Screenwriter 1954
81% It Came from Outer Space Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet I, the Jury Screenwriter Director 1953
No Score Yet The 49th Man Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon Screenwriter 1953
83% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet The Las Vegas Story Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet The Killer That Stalked New York Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Wyoming Mail Screenwriter 1950
86% He Walked by Night Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Bodyguard Screenwriter 1948
100% Desperate Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Boston Blackie and the Law Screenwriter 1946


No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
  • 1965


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