Dudley Nichols

(1895_1960 / New York City, New York)

Dudley Nichols
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Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter who first came to prominence after winning and refusing the screenwriting Oscar for The Informer in 1936.

The reason for Nichols' refusal was the fact that the Screen Writers Guild was on strike at the time.

Nichols wrote the screenplays for over sixty movies including such classics as Stagecoach (1939), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Scarlet Street (1945), And Then There Were None (1945) and The Tin Star (1957).

Nichols' crowning achievement, though, was probably his collaboration with Hagar Wilde on the screenplay for Bringing Up Baby (1938), considered one of the funniest of the... more »

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  • ''Pilot to crew. Take a good look at Pearl Harbor. Maybe it's something you'll want to remember.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. author, screenwriter. Howard Hawks. Captain Quincannon (John Rid...
  • ''It's not a matter of revenge, you know that. When a man turns informer, it's his life or ours.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. Dan (Preston Foster), The Informer, to Mary (Heather Angel) (1935).
  • ''This is no time for sentiment. This is war.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. Dan (Preston Foster), The Informer, to Katie (Margot Grahame), who is pleading for Gypo's (Victor McLag...
  • ''We're the victims of a disease called social prejudice, my child. These dear ladies of the law and order league are scouring out the dregs of the town. C'mon be a glorified wreck like me.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Dr. Josiah Boone (Thomas Mitchell), Stagecoach, comment to Dallas (Claire Trevor), a goo...
  • ''Well, they're saved from the blessings of civilization.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Dr. Josiah Boone (Thomas Mitchell), Stagecoach, end of the film, as Dallas (Claire Trevo...
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