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Courtney Ryley Cooper (1886–1940)


Exhaustion from overwork and depression over his failure to convince the FBI to investigate evidence of a Nazi fifth column movement he believed he uncovered in Mexico, are thought to have led to his suicide. An unsigned note found on a dresser in his hotel room said: "In my clothes is $43 in cash. I think my bill is about $32. Give the hotel $32.... See more trivia »

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The Plainsman
The Plainsman Writer
Weary River
Weary River Writer
The Last Frontier
Wild Cargo
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 1941 Jungle Cavalcade (Documentary) (dialogue - archive footage)
 1939 Desperate Trails (story "Christmas Eve at Pilot Butte" - uncredited)
 1936 The Plainsman (based on data from stories by)
 1934 Wild Cargo (Documentary) (dialogue and narration by: told by Franl Buck, Himself)
 1932 The Last Frontier (novel - uncredited) / (story - as Courtney Riley Cooper)
 1929 Weary River (story - as Courtney Riley Cooper)
 1927 The Trail of the Tiger (story)
 1926 The Last Frontier (novel)
 1924 The Fast Express (novel "Crossed Wires")
 1923 Sawdust (story)
 1922 Step on It! (story "Land of the Lost")
 1921 Desperate Trails (story "Christmas Eve at Pilot Butte")
 1918 The Eagle's Eye (scenario)
 1914 The Rocky Road of Love (Short) (story)
 1914 Steve O'Grady's Chance (Short) (story - as Courtnay Riley Cooper)
 1914 One Touch of Nature (Short) (story - as Courtenay Ryley Cooper)
 1913 The Ancient Order of Good Fellows (Short) (writer)
 1913 Tom Blake's Redemption (Short) (magazine story)
 1913 Roughing the Cub (Short) (writer)

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Other Works:

Novel: "The White Desert" See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Courtenay Ryley Cooper | Courtnay Riley Cooper | Courtney Riley Cooper

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An avid circus fan, he wrote over 500 stories on circus life, many about "Old Mom", a wise old circus elephant. His enthusiasm for circuses earned him the title "Circus Fan No. 1". See more »

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