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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)

Thornton Niven Wilder was the second of five children in the family of a newspaper editor and a U.S. diplomat, Amos Parker Wilder, and Isabella Niven Wilder. He spent part of his childhood with his father, who was a Consul General in Hong Kong and China between 1906 and 1914. Wilder finished high school in California, received his undergraduate ... See full bio »

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 2012 Our Town VCHS 2012 (writer)
 2011 G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense (TV Series) (original text - 1 episode)
- Saint G.K.C? (2011) ... (original text)
 2003 Our Town (TV Movie)
 2003 The Sunday Programme (TV Series) (extracts - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 20 April 2003 (2003) ... (extracts)
 2002 The Big Time (TV Movie) (play "Our Town")
 2002 OT: Our Town (Documentary) (play "Our Town")
 1991 Shadow of a Doubt (TV Movie) (earlier screenplay)
 1989 Great Performances (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Our Town (1989) ... (play)
 1988 Mr. North (novel "Theophilus North")
  To theatro tis Defteras (TV Series) (1 episode, 1986) (play - 1 episode, 1978)
- I mikri mas poli (1978) ... (play)
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1983) ... (play)
 1977 Our Town (TV Movie) (play)
 1976 Die Heiratsvermittlerin (TV Movie)
 1971 Estudio 1 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Nuestra ciudad (1971)
 1970 Vor by (TV Movie) (play "Our Town")
 1969 Hello, Dolly! (based on "The Matchmaker" by)
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (plays - 1 episode)
- Infancy and Childhood (1967) ... (plays)
 1967 The Long Christmas Dinner (TV Movie) (one-act play)
 1965 Francuske kraljice (TV Movie)
 1964 Theatre 625 (TV Series) (original author - 1 episode)
- All the Conspirators #1: The Ides of March (1964) ... (original author)
 1963 Happy Journey (TV Movie) (play)
 1962 Das lange Weihnachtsmahl (TV Movie) (one-act play)
 1962 Den lykkelige reisen (TV Movie) (based on play)
 1962 Frankrikes dronninger (TV Movie) (based on play)
 1961 The Ides of March (TV Movie) (novel)
 1961 Unsere kleine Stadt (TV Movie) (novel)
 1961 Königinnen von Frankreich (TV Movie)
 1961 Wir sind noch einmal davongekommen (TV Movie) (play "The Skin of our Teeth")
 1959 Art Carney Special (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Our Town (1959) ... (play)
  ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (original play - 1 episode, 1959) (novel - 1 episode, 1959)
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1959) ... (original play)
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1959) ... (novel)
 1959 The Skin of Our Teeth (TV Movie) (play)
 1959 A Longa Ceia de Natal (TV Movie) (play)
 1958 The Matchmaker (play)
 1958 Die Alkestiade (TV Movie) (play)
  The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode, 1958) (story - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1958) ... (novel) / (story)
 1957 The Long Christmas Dinner (TV Short) (play)
  BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode, 1957) (play "The Alcestiad: Or, a Life in the Sun" - 1 episode, 1955)
- Our Town (1957) ... (play)
- A Life in the Sun (1955) ... (play "The Alcestiad: Or, a Life in the Sun")
 1956 Das lange Weihnachtsmahl (TV Movie) (one-act play)
 1956 Dronninger af Frankrig (TV Movie) (play)
 1956 Star Tonight (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Happy Journey (1956) ... (play)
 1955 The Matchmaker (TV Movie) (novel "The Matchmaker")
  Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes, 1955) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1955)
- Our Town (1955) ... (play)
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1955) ... (adaptation) / (play)
 1955 Den lykkelige rejse (TV Movie) (play)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (original screenplay - 1 episode)
- Shadow of a Doubt (1955) ... (original screenplay)
 1954 Unsere kleine Stadt (TV Movie) (play)
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Happy Journey (1954) ... (play)
 1953 Königinnen von Frankreich (TV Movie)
 1952 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Nossa Cidade (1952) ... (play)
  Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes, 1950 - 1951) (story - 1 episode, 1951)
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1951) ... (play)
- The Happy Journey (1951) ... (story)
- Our Town (1950) ... (play)
 1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Our Town (1950) ... (play)
 1949 The Long Christmas Dinner (TV Short) (play)
 1946 Love and How to Cure It (TV Movie) (play)
 1943 Shadow of a Doubt (screenplay)
 1940 Our Town (play) / (screenplay)
 1938 Queens of France (TV Short)
 1937 Love and How to Cure It (TV Movie) (play)
 1934 We Live Again (uncredited)
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Stage: Wrote "Our Town", produced on Broadway. Drama. Costume Design by Helene Pons. Directed by Jed Harris. Henry Miller's Theatre (moved to The Morosco Theatre from 1 May 1938 to close): 4 Feb 1938-Nov 1938 (closing date unknown/336 performances). Cast: Arthur Allen (as "Stage Manager"), Max Beck (as "People of the Town"), Emily ... See more »

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He is most famous for his play "Our Town", which was first produced on Broadway in 1938. It has been made into a theatrical motion picture only once (so far), in 1940, with four members of the original cast and with the play's ending completely altered, and, many would say, ruined. It has been revived on Broadway several times, the latest revival (with Paul Newman) being produced in the fall of ... See more »

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