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John Wexley (1907–1985)

John Wexley was born on September 14, 1907 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Hangmen Also Die! (1943) and City for Conquest (1940). He died on February 4, 1985 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA. See full bio »
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 1962 Keine Zeit für Helden (TV Movie) (writer)
 1960 Menschen im Käfig (TV Movie) (play)
 1959 The Last Mile (play "The Last Mile" - uncredited)
 1957 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Last Mile (1957) ... (play)
 1945 Cornered (story and adaptation)
 1943 The City That Stopped Hitler: Heroic Stalingrad (Documentary) (writer)
 1943 Hangmen Also Die! (screenplay)
 1941 Footsteps in the Dark (screenplay)
 1940 City for Conquest (screen play)
 1939 The Roaring Twenties (contributor to treatment - uncredited)
 1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy (screen play)
 1938 Angels with Dirty Faces (screen play)
 1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (screen play)
 1935 Eight Bells (uncredited)
 1932 The Last Mile (play "The Last Mile")
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 1985 Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (Documentary)

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Stage Play: The Last Mile. Tragedy. Written by John Wexley. Directed by Chester Erskine. Sam H. Harris Theatre: 13 Feb 1930- Oct 1930 (closing date unknown/289 performances). Cast: Richard Abbott, James Bell, Clarence Chase, Don Costello, Orville Harris, Herbert Heywood, George Leach, Bruce MacFarlane, Hale Nacross (as "Red Kirby"), Henry ... See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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An actor and playwright, Wexley came to Hollywood and became a successful screenwriter. Because he spoke German, he was hired to work with fellow playwright Bertolt Brecht on the script to Hangmen Also Die! (1943). A member of the Communist Party, his career came to a sudden end when he was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee and named as a Communist after working on the film... See more »

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