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  • BIRTH 22/07/1902
  • DEATH 31/01/1977
  • Country United States
  • SCRIPT 14

Daniel Mainwaring

Daniel Mainwaring (aka Geoffrey Homes) (July 22, 1902 – January 31, 1977) was an American novelist and screenwriter. A native of Oakland, California, he began his professional career as a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle and enjoyed a successful career as a mystery novelist (under the name Geoffrey Homes). He worked as a film publicist and eventually abandoned fiction for a successful career as a screenwriter.

His first novel (and the only one he ever published under his own name), One Against the Earth, was a proletarian novel about a young man born on a California ranch who becomes a drifter and is eventually unjustly accused of attacking a child, was published in 1932. He made his real mark, however, with a string of hard-boiled mystery novels (mostly with small-town California settings), the first of which was The Man Who Murdered Himself (1936).

His final published novel, Build My Gallows High (William Morrow & Co., 1946), is generally regarded as his best—and its adaptation (by "Homes" himself) into the film noir classic Out of the Past assured his place in film history. Mainwaring explained to interviewer Pat McGilligan that he regarded the novel as a departure from his earlier literary efforts:

With Build My Gallows High, I wanted to get away from straight mystery novels. Those detective stories are a bore to write. You've got to figure out "whodunit". I'd get to the end and have to say whodunit and be so mixed up I couldn't decide myself.

(Wikipedia)

Daniel Mainwaring

Script (14)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Out of the Past
Out of the Past
Against All Odds
Against All Odds
Atlantis: The Lost Continent
Atlantis: The Lost Continent
An Annapolis Story
An Annapolis Story
The Hitch-Hiker
The Hitch-Hiker
The Tall Target
The Tall Target
Baby Face Nelson
Baby Face Nelson
The Big Steal
The Big Steal
Roadblock
Roadblock
Black Horse Canyon
Black Horse Canyon
Powder River
Powder River
The Eagle and the Hawk
The Eagle and the Hawk
Bugles in the Afternoon
Bugles in the Afternoon