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Gustave Field obituary

23 August 2012 4:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gustave Field, who has died aged 95, was a Hollywood screenwriter who in 1958 was lured to London by the fledgling television company ABC to help aspiring TV dramatists build in motivation, suspense and other Hollywood virtues. His successes included Alun Owen, Ray Rigby, and Harold Pinter, whose A Night Out was primarily written for radio but its TV version, starring Tom Bell, topped audience ratings.

Mutual friends in America urged us to meet. We were both recently married, both living in Pimlico, central London. Instant but lasting friendships were formed. Gustave's wife, Daphne, was English. As a teenager she had gone to America with a theatre group and been trapped there by the outbreak of the second world war.

Gustave was born into an immigrant family, originally called Hirchfeld, in Lower Manhattan, New York. He was a press photographer by the age of 17, and already an innovator. Instead of the bulky »

- Philip Purser

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