Zachary Michael Simmons
American writer Michael L. Simmons' first association with Hollywood came in 1933, when his novel The Bowery was adapted for the screen. Simmons went on to freelance at Monogram, Universal, and Columbia. Many of his screenplays were radio-series derivations: the Lum & Abner vehicle Two Weeks to Live (1942), the Scattergood Baines escapade Cinderella Swings It (1943), and Republic's Cosmo Jones: Crime Smasher (1943). In 1947, four years after his last screen credit, Michael L. Simmons published the instructional volume Writers' Handbook of Basic Journalism.