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Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958)

Mary Roberts Rinehart was born on August 12, 1876 in Allegheny City [now North Side, Pittsburgh], Pennsylvania, USA as Mary Ella Roberts. She was a writer, known for The Bat Whispers (1930), The Bat (1959) and The Nurse's Secret (1941). She was married to Stanley Rinehart. She died on September 22, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

The Bat Whispers
The Bat
The Bat Writer
The Nurse's Secret
Aflame in the Sky


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 1978 Der Spinnenmörder (TV Movie) (novel)
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Bat (1960) ... (play)
 1959 The Bat (play)
 1954-1956 Climax! (TV Series) (novel - 2 episodes)
- The Circular Staircase (1956) ... (novel)
- The After House (1954) ... (novel)
  The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1956) (original story - 1 episode, 1954)
- Autumn Fever (1956) ... (story)
- The Unlocked Door (1954) ... (original story)
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- I Am Her Nurse (1956) ... (story)
 1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Bat (1953) ... (play)
 1953 Your Favorite Story (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Strange Journey (1953) ... (story)
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Wall (1952) ... (story)
 1942 Tish (founded in part on stories by)
 1941 The Nurse's Secret (story)
 1941 The Dog in the Orchard (Short) (story)
 1937 23 1/2 Hours Leave (from The Saturday Evening Post story by)
 1934 Elinor Norton (novel "The State vs. Elinor Norton")
 1932 Miss Pinkerton (novel)
 1931 I Take This Woman (novel "Lost Ecstacy")
 1930 The Bat Whispers (based upon a stage play by)
 1928 Finders Keepers (story "Make Them Happy")
 1927 Aflame in the Sky (story)
 1927 What Happened to Father? (story)
 1927 The Unknown (novel "K" - uncredited)
 1927 City of Shadows (story)
 1926 The Bat (play "The Bat")
 1925 Seven Days (story)
 1924 K - The Unknown (novel "K")
 1924 Her Love Story (story "Her Majesty, the Queen")
 1924 The Silent Watcher (story "The Altar on the Hill")
 1923 Long Live the King (book)
 1922 The Glorious Fool (stories In the Pavillion, Twenty-Two)
 1922 Affinities (story)
 1920 It's a Great Life (story "Empire Builders")
 1920 Dangerous Days (novel) / (titles)
 1919 23 1/2 Hours' Leave (story)
 1918 Her Country First (story "The G.A.C.")
 1918 The Street of Seven Stars (novel)
 1918 The Doctor and the Woman (novel "K")
 1917 Bab's Matinee Idol (story)
 1917 Bab's Burglar (story)
 1917 Bab's Diary (story)
 1916 Acquitted (story)
 1915 What Happened to Father (story)
 1915 The Papered Door (Short) (story)
 1915/II Affinities (Short) (story)
 1915 The Circular Staircase (novel)
 1915 Tish's Spy (Short) (story)
 1915 Mind Over Motor (Short)
 1915 The Cave on Thunder Cloud (Short) (story)
 1914 At the Foot of the Hill (Short) (story)
 1914 Jane (Short) (story)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote (w/Avery Hopwood) "The Bat", produced on Broadway. Melodrama (revival). Directed by B.F. Kamsler. Majestic Theatre: 31 May 1937-Jun 1937 (closing date unknown/18 performances). Cast: Minnette Barrett (credited as Minnie Barrett; as "Miss Cornelia Van Gorder"), Richard Barrows, Linda Lee Hill, Hermann Lieb, Robert Ober, ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on flattery] He soft-soaped her until she couldn't see for the suds.


Her stories usually involve hapless heroines put into terrifying situations. An example of a typical starting line to one of her books ("The Circular Staircase", published 1908) is: "This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind". See more »

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