James Poe


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James Poe (October 4, 1921 — January 24, 1980) was an American film and television screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the movies Around the World in 80 Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lilies of the Field, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.

He also worked as a writer on the radio shows Escape and Suspense, writing the scripts for some of their best episodes, most notably ... more »

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  • ''That's my problem, chaplain: I'm yellow. PFC Bernstein—plumb, fat coward. Hey, can you get a Section 8 for being yellow?''
    James Poe, U.S. screenwriter, and Based On Play. Robert Aldrich. Bernstein (Robert Strauss), Attack! (1956).
  • ''This is a very primitive country.''
    James Poe (1921-1980), U.S. screenwriter, John Farrow (1904-1963), Australian screenwriter, and S.J. Perelman (1904-1979), U.S. writer. Phileas Fogg (...
  • ''You know, there's a cowboy movie where one joker says, "Mighty quiet out there. Too quiet," he says. Same thing every time; it's too quiet.''
    James Poe, U.S. screenwriter, and Based On Play. Robert Aldrich. Sergeant Costa (Jack Palance), Attack! (1956).
  • ''Captain, down where I come from we dearly love our whiskey, but we don't drink with a man unless we respect him.''
    James Poe, U.S. screenwriter, and Based On Play. Robert Aldrich. Sergeant Tolliver (Buddy Ebsen), Attack! Sergeant to cowardly commanding officer who ...
  • ''I'm darned if I understand you city folks. Always rushing, rushing. Always thinking about the future. No wonder you have stomach trouble.''
    James Poe (1921-1980), U.S. screenwriter, John Farrow (1904-1963), Australian screenwriter, and S.J. Perelman (1904-1979), U.S. eriter. Station Master...
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