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Wyllis Cooper (1899–1955)

Wyllis Cooper was born on January 26, 1899 in Pekin, Illinois, USA as Wyllis Oswald Cooper. He was a writer and producer, known for Lights Out (1946), Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Phantom Creeps (1939). He was married to Emily C. Beveridge. He died on June 22, 1955 in High Bridge, New Jersey, USA. See full bio »
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Known For

Lights Out
Lights Out Writer
Son of Frankenstein
The Phantom Creeps
Escape Writer


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 2009 Quiet, Please: The Evening & the Morning (Short) (radio play)
 1966 The Son of Frankenstein (Short) (screenplay - archive footage, as Willis Cooper)
  Lights Out (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1951) (story - 1 episode, 1946)
- Pit of the Dead (1951) ... (written by)
- Dead Man's Coat (1951) ... (written by)
- First Person Singular (1946) ... (story)
 1950 Escape (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Bellhop Story (1950) ... (writer)
 1949 Volume One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Bellhop's Story (1949) ... (writer)
 1939 Son of Frankenstein (screenplay - as Willis Cooper)
 1939 The Phantom Creeps (original story by - as Willis Cooper)
 1938 Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (original story - as Willis Cooper)
 1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto (screen play - as Willis Cooper)
 1937 Think Fast, Mr. Moto (additional original dialogue - uncredited) / (revisions - uncredited)
 1937 Wild and Woolly (contributing writer - uncredited)
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 1950 Stage 13 (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Now You Know (1950) ... (producer)
 1950 Escape (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Rugged Journey (1950) ... (producer)
 1949 Volume One (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- The Bellhop's Story (1949) ... (producer)
Hide Hide Show Show Director (2 credits)
 1950 Stage 13 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Now You Know (1950)
 1950 Escape (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Rugged Journey (1950)
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 1950 Stage 13 (TV Series)
Himself - Host
- Now You Know (1950) ... Himself - Host
 1949 Volume One (TV Series)
Himself - Host
- The Bellhop's Story (1949) ... Himself - Host

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While writing screenplays in Los Angeles during the late 1930s, he still managed to contribute radio plays to Los Angeles-based programs such as "Hollywood Hotel". See more »

Alternate Names:

Willis Cooper

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Better known for his radio scripts than his screenplays, Cooper was the creator and frequent writer of the famous "Lights Out" horror-anthology series, which began on American radio in 1934 and continued in that medium for thirteen years, also transferring to television (where it was rather less popular) in the late 1940s.

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