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John Monk Saunders (1895–1940)

John Monk Saunders was born on November 22, 1895 in Hinckley, Minnesota, USA. He was a writer and director, known for Wings (1927), The Last Flight (1931) and The Docks of New York (1928). He was married to Fay Wray and Avis Hughes. He died on March 11, 1940 in Ft. Myers, Florida, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Wings Writer
The Last Flight
The Docks of New York
Ace of Aces
Ace of Aces Writer


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 1938 The Dawn Patrol (from an original story by)
 1938 The Hidden Menace (uncredited)
 1938 A Yank at Oxford (from an idea by)
 1935 I Found Stella Parish (from a story by)
 1935 West Point of the Air (from an original story by)
 1935 Devil Dogs of the Air (based on story by)
 1933 Ace of Aces (from the story by: "The Bird of Prey") / (screen play)
 1933 The Eagle and the Hawk (story "Death in the Morning")
 1931 The Last Flight (novel "Single Lady") / (screenplay)
 1931 The Finger Points (by) / (dialogue)
 1930 The Dawn Patrol (story "The Flight Commander")
 1929 She Goes to War (dialogue) / (titles)
 1928 The Docks of New York (suggested by "The Dock Walloper")
 1928 The Legion of the Condemned (writer)
 1927 Wings (story)
 1925 The Shock Punch (play)
 1925 Too Many Kisses (story "A Maker of Gestures")
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 1933 Hollywood on Parade No. B-5 (Short)
Himself (uncredited)

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Stage: Wrote "Nikki", produced on Broadway (based on his short stories "Nikki and Her War Birds" and his film The Last Flight (1931)). Musical comedy. Music by Philip Charig. Lyrics by James Dyrenforth [final Broadway credit]. Musical Direction by Julia Lenzberg. Music orchestrated by Louis Katzman. Scenic Design by P. Dodd Ackerman, ... See more »

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[on winning an Academy Award for _Cimarron (1930)_]: This is indeed a crazy business where I'm being sued for plagiarism on one hand and given the statuette for originality on the other.


American novelist and screenwriter of the 1930's, the son of a prominent federal attorney. He was educated in Seattle at the University of Washington and later became an Oxford Rhodes Scholar. In the early 20's, he worked as a reporter for the New York Tribune. Saunders had a special affinity for aviation, at one time dreamed of becoming a fighter ace. He had served in the Air Service during ... See more »

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