John Paxton


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John Paxton (May 21, 1911, Kansas City, Missouri - January 5, 1985, Santa Monica, California) was an American screenwriter.

Some of his films include Murder, My Sweet in 1944, Cornered in 1945, Crossfire in 1947 (an adaptation of the controversial novel The Brick Foxhole that earned him his only Oscar nomination). He helped adapt the screenplay for the controversial movie The Wild One ... more »

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  • ''I've always credited the private detective with a high degree of omniscience. Or is that only true in rental fiction?''
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Jules Amthor (Otto Kruger), Murder, My Sweet, to private detective Philip Marlowe (Dic...
  • ''Oh no, darling, you didn't listen. Julian said she'd given up gin—for brandy. She says she can drink more brandy.''
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Stanley Kramer. Lt. Peter Holmes (Anthony Perkins), On the Beach, talking to his wife about their alco...
  • ''She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who'd take a drink if she had to knock me down to get the bottle.''
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, about former bar owner, Jessie Florian...
  • ''We were watched. I didn't see anything, I felt it, in my stomach. I was a toad on a wet rock. A snake was looking at my back.''
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, offering the police his narration of a...
  • ''I caught a blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom. I felt pretty good—like an amputated leg.''
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, narrating to the police his account of...
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