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Houston Branch



It is only a slight exaggeration to suggest that American screenwriter Houston Branch was responsible for nearly half the medium-budget pictures produced at Warner Bros. It was Branch who wrote the story "Tuna," which was adapted for the screen as Tiger Shark (1932). The plot concerned a menage a trois involving two working men--one older and crippled, one younger--and a beautiful woman. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, whenever inspiration ran dry in the Warners scenario department (which was often), Tiger Shark would be trotted out and reshaped into a "new" film: Slim (1937) and Manpower (1941) were among the many Warners films that owed their existence to the Tiger Shark formula. After his tenure at Warners, Branch wrote for RKO, Universal and Monogram, remaining with the latter studio through its metamorphosis into Allied Artists. Houston Branch also wrote several novels, one of which, River Lady, served as the basis for a 1947 Yvonne de Carlo vehicle.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mr. Wong, Detective
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet Wallaby Jim of the Islands
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet Yellowstone
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet She Had to Choose
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet The Silk Express
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet The Match King
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet I Like Your Nerve
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Sweethearts on Parade
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Square Shoulders
  • Screenwriter
1929

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