J. Benton Cheney

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American screenwriter J. Benton Cheney served with the 31st Infantry in Siberia and the Philippines from 1919, remaining in the latter location as a sports writer with the Manila Bulletin. Relocating to China, Cheney became city editor of the Shanghai Times and, he later claimed, functioned as spokesman for Chiang Kai-Shek. An editor for Reuters, he returned to the United States and took up screenwriting with The Game That Kills (1937). Associated with B-Western producer Harry Sherman from 1940, Cheney wrote some of the best Hopalong Cassidy Westerns including Border Vigilantes and Riders of the Timberline (both 1941). He switched allegiance to Republic Pictures in 1943, adding Roy Rogers to his clients, but returned frequently to the Hoppy series and later also wrote for the likes of Charles Starrett and Rogers imitator Jimmy Wakely. Cheney ended his screen career writing for the Gene Autry Show in the early '50s.

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Frontier Agent Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Hoppy's Holiday Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Under Nevada Skies Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet Blazing the Western Trail (Who Killed Waring?) Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Rockin' in the Rockies, (Partners in Fortune) Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Mystery Man Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Silver Spurs Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet King of the Cowboys Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Fighting Frontier Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Hands Across the Border Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Pirates of the Prairie Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Undercover Man Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Romance on the Range Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Stick to Your Guns Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Doomed Caravan Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Pirates on Horseback Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Riders of the Timberline Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Outlaws of the Desert Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Twilight on the Trail Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Border Vigilantes Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet The Return Of The Durango Kid Screenwriter

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