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Frank Gruber (I) (1904–1969)

Frank Gruber, one of the "kings of pulp fiction", was born in Elmer, Minnesota. After serving a stint in the army, he took on various writing jobs, including trade journal editor and correspondence school teacher. During the early 1930s he got his break writing "quickie" detective stories for what were known as the "pulps", publications that ... See full bio »

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 1968 White Comanche (written by)
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Young Outlaws (1965) ... (writer)
 1965 Arizona Raiders (story)
 1965 Town Tamer (novel "Town Tamer") / (screenplay)
  Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) (45 episodes, 1959 - 1962) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1957 - 1958) (story - 3 episodes, 1957) (written by - 1 episode, 1958) (story and teleplay - 1 episode, 1957)
- Vignette of a Sinner (1962) ... (creator)
- The Wayfarers (1962) ... (creator)
- Don't Wake a Tiger (1962) ... (creator)
- The Gold Witch (1962) ... (creator)
- Royal Maroon (1962) ... (creator)
 1961 Gunfight at Black Horse Canyon (TV Movie) (characters created by)
 1961 Twenty Plus Two (novel "Twenty Plus Two") / (written by)
 1959-1961 Shotgun Slade (TV Series) (72 episodes)
- The Search for Susan (1961) ... (creator)
- The Ranch Ghost (1961) ... (creator)
- The Phantom Noose (1961) ... (creator)
- The Payrollers (1961) ... (creator)
- The Lost Herds (1961) ... (creator)
 1955-1960 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series) (story - 4 episodes)
- Miss Sadie (1960) ... (story)
- King of the Cattle Trails (1955) ... (story - uncredited)
- The Bank Robbers (1955) ... (story)
- John Wesley Hardin (1955) ... (story)
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Law and the Gun (1959) ... (writer)
 1959 Colt .45 (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Sanctuary (1959) ... (teleplay)
  Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1956) (writer - 1 episode, 1959) (story - 1 episode, 1956)
- The Salted Mine (1959) ... (writer)
- A Tale of Wells Fargo (1956) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- The Roustabout (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1958 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1958 Lawman (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Prisoner (1958) ... (story)
  The Texan (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1958) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1958)
- Law of the Gun (1958) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Thousand Dollar Gun (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1957 The Big Land (novel)
 1956 Man in the Vault (novel "The Lock and the Key")
 1956 Tension at Table Rock (novel "Bitter Sage")
 1956 Climax! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Circular Staircase (1956) ... (writer)
 1956 Backlash (novel)
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Silent Strangers (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1955 Rage at Dawn (story)
  TV Reader's Digest (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1955) (writer - 1 episode, 1955)
- The American Master Counterfeiters (1955) ... (teleplay)
 1955 Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- The Leopard Men ... (screenplay)
 1954 The Mask (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Sixty Five Pacific Street (1954) ... (story)
 1953 Pony Express (story)
 1952 Hurricane Smith (screenplay)
 1952 Flaming Feather (additional dialogue)
 1951 Silver City
 1951 Warpath
 1951 The Texas Rangers (story)
 1951 The Great Missouri Raid (novel "Broken Lance") / (screenplay)
 1950 The Cariboo Trail (screenplay)
 1950 Suspense (TV Series) (from a story by - 1 episode)
- 1000 To One (1950) ... (from a story by)
 1950 Dakota Lil (story)
 1949 Fighting Man of the Plains (novel "Fighting Man") / (screenplay)
 1948 The Challenge (writer)
 1947 Bulldog Drummond at Bay (original screenplay)
 1946 Accomplice (novel "Simon Lash, Private Detective") / (screenplay)
 1946 In Old Sacramento (adaptation)
 1946 Dressed to Kill (adaptation)
 1946 The French Key (novel) / (screenplay)
 1946 Terror by Night (screenplay)
 1945 Johnny Angel (adaptation)
 1945 Oregon Trail (novel)
 1944 The Mask of Dimitrios (screenplay)
 1943 Northern Pursuit (screenplay)
 1943 The Kansan (from the story "Peace Marshal")
 1939 Death of a Champion (story)
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There are only seven basic cowboy tales: the cattle empire story, the railway story, the cavalry versus Indians story, the ranch story, the revenge story, the marshal story and the outlaw story.

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Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, volume 60, pages 166-168. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1998.

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