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Mel Dinelli (1912–1991)


Penned close to a dozen scripts for the popular radio program Suspense, including now classic episodes "August Heat," "Drive-In," "To Find Help" and "Riabouchinska" which he later adapted for the Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) television series. See more trivia »

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Known For

Beware, My Lovely
The Spiral Staircase
The Window
The Window Writer
The Reckless Moment


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 2000 The Spiral Staircase (TV Movie) (1946 screenplay)
 1975 The Spiral Staircase (1946 screenplay)
 1971 Narciso Ibáñez Menta presenta (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 L'uomo (TV Movie) (play)
 1963 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1961 Theatre '62 (TV Series) (screenplay RKO-Movie 1945 - 1 episode)
- The Spiral Staircase (1961) ... (screenplay RKO-Movie 1945)
 1961 Der Mann von draußen (TV Movie)
 1960 Theatre 70 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Man (1960) ... (writer)
 1960 Startime (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Man (1960) ... (play)
 1958 Step Down to Terror (writer)
 1957 Lizzie
 1956 Sneak Preview (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Merry-Go-Round (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- And So Died Riabouchinska (1956) ... (teleplay)
  The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1955) (writer - 1 episode, 1955)
- Christopher Bean (1955) ... (adaptation)
- A Portrait of Murder (1955) ... (writer)
 1955 O Contador de Histórias (TV Series) (1 episode)
- O Homem (1955)
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Into the Night (1955) ... (teleplay)
 1955 Climax! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Private Worlds (1955) ... (writer)
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Unlocked Door (1954) ... (teleplay)
 1953 Jeopardy (screenplay)
 1952 Beware, My Lovely (play "The Man") / (screenplay) / (story "The Man")
 1951 Cause for Alarm! (screenplay)
 1950 House by the River (screenplay)
 1949 The Reckless Moment (adaptation)
 1949 The Window (screenplay)
 1946 The Spiral Staircase (screenplay)
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Other Works:

Playwright: "The Man" (filmed as Startime: The Man (1960), Beware, My Lovely (1952)). See more »

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His radio script, "The Hand" was one of the only scripts to ever be rejected by Suspense's sponsor Auto-Lite for being objectionable. The story concerned a woman who is involved in an auto accident, and gets to the car she totaled to discover the driver's severed hand, still clutching an envelope filled thousands of dollars in cash. She takes the money, and is soon haunted by obsessive thoughts ... See more »

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