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Howard Dimsdale (1914–1991)

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Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban, two producers of The X-Files (1993) TV series, studied under Dimsdale as screenwriting fellows at the American Film Institute in 1990 and 1991. They have included tributes to him in several episodes, including using Dimsdale's pseudonym of Arthur Dales for the Darren McGavin character first introduced in the episode...

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 1988 Superboy (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Bringing Down the House (1988) ... (writer)
- A Kind of Princess (1988) ... (writer)
 1980 Beyond Westworld (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- My Brother's Keeper (1980) ... (writer)
 1978-1979 The Amazing Spider-Man (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Photo Finish (1979) ... (writer)
- A Matter of State (1978) ... (writer)
 1978 Quincy M.E. (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Death by Good Intentions (1978) ... (story)
 1977 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Return of Death Probe: Part 2 (1977) ... (writer)
- Return of Death Probe (1977) ... (writer)
 1977 Westside Medical (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bridget (1977) ... (writer)
  Medical Center (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1974 - 1976) (written by - 3 episodes, 1975 - 1976)
- A Touch of Sight (1976) ... (writer)
- You Can't Annul My Baby (1976) ... (written by)
- The High Cost of Winning (1975) ... (writer)
- One Last Rebellion (1975) ... (written by)
- If Mine Eye Offends Me (1975) ... (written by)
 1975 Cannon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fall Guy (1975) ... (writer)
 1975 Doctors' Hospital (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Knives of Chance (1975) ... (writer)
 1975 Something Wonderful Happens Every Spring (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1969-1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes)
- The Colonel (1974) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
- My Brother's Keeper (1971) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
- Ring of Darkness (1969) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1974 Planet of the Apes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Liberator (1974) ... (writer)
 1974 The Healers (TV Movie)
 1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (TV Movie) (segment "Kiss Me Again, Stranger", as Arthur Dales)
 1974 The Zoo Gang (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mindless Murder (1974) ... (writer)
 1974 The Small Miracle (TV Movie) (teleplay - as Arthur Dales)
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Squawman (1973) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Outcast (1972) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1971-1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Short Flight to a Distant Star (1972) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- Dagger in the Mind (1971) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- Angry Man (1971) ... (as Arthur Dales)
 1971 Sarge (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Psst! Wanna Buy a Dirty Picture? (1971) ... (writer)
 1971 Dan August (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Manufactured Man (1971) ... (story)
  The Interns (TV Series) (1 episode, 1971) (written by - 1 episode, 1970)
- Tasha (1971) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- The Oath (1970) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1970 Adam-12 (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Log 135: Arson (1970) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Report 1553: Racist - A Most Dangerous Proposal (1969) ... (as Arthur Dales)
  Mannix (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1969) (story - 1 episode, 1967)
- Merry Go Round for Murder (1969) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
- Warning: Live Blueberries (1967) ... (story - as Arthur Dales)
 1965-1968 I Spy (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Suitable for Framing (1968) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
- Danny Was a Million Laughs (1965) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Blood Tie (1968) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series) (1 episode)
- And a Killing Rode in Town (1967) ... (as Arthur Dales)
 1967 The Monroes (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Manhunt (1967) ... (writer)
- Gun Bound (1967) ... (writer)
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Wine Is a Traitor (1966) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1966 The Rat Patrol (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Fatal Chase Raid (1966) ... (teleplay - as Arthur Dales)
  Ben Casey (TV Series) (14 episodes, 1963 - 1966) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1966) (story - 1 episode, 1965)
- For San Diego, You Need a Different Bus (1966) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- Why Did the Day Go Backwards? (1965) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- The Man from Quasilia (1965) ... (as Arthur Dales)
 1965 My Living Doll (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Witness (1965) ... (writer)
 1964 The Train (uncredited)
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Garve (1963) ... (written by)
 1962 We Joined the Navy (screenplay - originally as Arthur Dales)
  The Detectives (TV Series) (1 episode, 1961) (written by - 1 episode, 1961)
- The Airtight Case (1961) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- Bad Apple (1961) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1961 Acapulco (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Murder with Love (1961) ... (as Arthur Dales)
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Boat Caper (1961) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1958-1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- The Atoner (1961) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- A Warm Day in Heaven (1961) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- A Gun for Willie (1960) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- The Man in the Middle (1960) ... (as Arthur Dales)
- Trial by Fear (1958) ... (as Arthur Dales)
  My Three Sons (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1961) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1961)
- Bub Leaves Home (1961) ... (story - as Arthur Dales) / (teleplay - as Arthur Dales)
 1960 Dante (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- A Punch from Judy (1960) ... (written by - as Arthur Dales)
 1958-1960 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series) (screenplay - 5 episodes)
- A Race Against Time (1960) ... (screenplay - as Arthur Dales)
- Hostage for a Hangman (1960) ... (screenplay - as Arthur Dales)
- The Oath (1960) ... (screenplay - as Arthur Dales)
- Farewell to Tuck. (1958) ... (screenplay - as Arthur Dales)
- The Youthful Menace (1958) ... (screenplay - as Arthur Dales)
 1960 Tate (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Lethal Pride (1960) ... (as Arthur Dales)
 1959 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Calculated Risk (1959) ... (writer)
 1958 The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (screenplay - originally as Arthur Dales)
  The Real McCoys (TV Series) (1 episode, 1958) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Grampa's Birthday (1958) ... (writer)
- The Matchmaker (1958) ... (as Arthur Dales)
 1956 Lassie (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Child (1956) ... (as Arthur Howard Dales)
 1953 Boston Blackie (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Pursuit (1953) ... (writer)
- Revenge (1953) ... (writer)
- The Gunman (1953) ... (writer)
 1953 Captain Scarlett (written by)
 1952 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Teacher of the Year (1952) ... (teleplay)
 1950 My Friend Irma Goes West (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1950 Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (screenplay) / (story)
 1949 A Kiss for Corliss (writer)
 1946 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (original story)
 1946 Somewhere in the Night (screenplay)
 1945 Senorita from the West (original screenplay)
 1945 Penthouse Rhythm (screenplay)
 1944 National Velvet (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1944 Babes on Swing Street (screenplay)
 1943 Air Raid Wardens (contributor to treatment - uncredited)
 1942 The Living Ghost (original story)
 1941 Coffins on Wheels (Short) (original story) / (screenplay)
 1940 A Failure at Fifty (Short) (screenplay)
 1940 Women in Hiding (Short) (original screenplay)
 1939 Miracle at Lourdes (Short) (screenplay)
 1938 Party Fever (Short) (writer)
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Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban, two producers of The X-Files (1993) TV series, studied under Dimsdale as screenwriting fellows at the American Film Institute in 1990 and 1991. They have included tributes to him in several episodes, including using Dimsdale's pseudonym of Arthur Dales for the Darren McGavin character first introduced in the episode "Travelers." Dimsdale's name also appears as the ... See more »

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