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Lester Ziffren (1906–2007)


In 1931, he sent a coded message past Spanish censors to break the news of the Spanish Civil War to the rest of the world; after leaving Spain just ahead of the troops of Francisco Franco, Ziffren went to Hollywood where he got a job writing movie screenplays through the influence of his new bride's uncle, Sol M. Wurtzel. See more trivia »

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City Girl
City Girl Writer
Charlie Chan in Rio
Murder Over New York


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 1941 Charlie Chan in Rio (screenplay)
 1940 Murder Over New York (original screen play)
 1940 Charter Pilot
 1940 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (screen play)
 1940 Shooting High (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1940 Charlie Chan in Panama (original screen play)
 1939 Boy Friend (story)
 1938 Sharpshooters (story)
 1938 Change of Heart (contract writer - uncredited)
 1938 City Girl (screenplay) / (story)

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Before he wrote screenplays, he was reporter for United Press. Was among the first journalists to report the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. See more »

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