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Angus MacPhail (I) (1903–1962)

London-born Angus MacPhail worked as a screenwriter for many years with producer Michael Balcon, but he wrote for many of Britain's most prestigious studios, such as Gainsborugh, Gaumont-British and Ealing. He is probably best known for his script for the classic British feature Dead of Night (1945), but also worked for Alfred Hitchcock, writing ... See full bio »


(age 59) in Sussex, England, UK

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Spellbound Writer
Dead of Night Writer


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 2016 Whisky Galore (based on the original motion picture, screenplay by)
 1956 The Wrong Man (screen play)
 1956 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Series) (screenplay - 3 episodes)
- Antoine & Antoinette (1956) ... (screenplay)
- Thanksgiving Day (1956) ... (screenplay)
- A Tale of Two Pigtails (1956) ... (screenplay)
 1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1953 The Passing Show (TV Series) (script - 1 episode)
- All Our Yesterdays (1953) ... (script)
 1949 Train of Events (original screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1949 Whisky Galore! (screenplay - as Angus Mac Phail)
 1947 It Always Rains on Sunday (screenplay)
 1947 Frieda (screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1947 The Loves of Joanna Godden (adaptation - as Angus Macphail)
 1946 The Captive Heart (screenplay)
 1945 Spellbound (adaptation)
 1945 Dead of Night (segment "Christmas Party", uncredited) / (original story - as Angus Macphail) / (screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1944 While Nero Fiddled (original screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1944 Champagne Charlie (original screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1944 Aventure malgache (Short) (screenplay - uncredited)
 1944 Bon Voyage (Short) (screenplay - uncredited)
 1944 The Halfway House (screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1943 My Learned Friend (original screen play)
 1942 Go to Blazes (Short) (screenplay)
 1942 Went the Day Well? (story and screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1942 The Goose Steps Out (screen play - as Angus Macphail)
 1942 The Foreman Went to France (screen play)
 1942 The Next of Kin (original screen play)
 1942 The Big Blockade (screen play - as Angus Macphail)
 1942 Black Sheep of Whitehall (original story - as Angus Macphail) / (screen play - as Angus Macphail)
 1941 The Ghost of St. Michael's (original story and screenplay - as Angus Macphail)
 1940 Three Cockeyed Sailors (screenplay - as Angus Macphail) / (story - uncredited)
 1940 Saloon Bar (screen play - as Angus Macphail)
 1940 Haunted Honeymoon (screen play)
 1940 To Hell with Hitler (original screen play - as Angus Macphail)
 1940 Return to Yesterday (screen play - as Angus Macphail)
 1939 The Secret Four (screen play - as Angus Macphail)
 1939 Trouble Brewing (original screen play)
 1938 The Playboy (writer)
 1938 A Yank at Oxford (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1933 The Good Companions (writer)
 1932 Marry Me
 1932 Love on Wheels (screenplay)
 1932 Faithful Hearts (scenario)
 1932 Criminal at Large (adaptation)
 1932 Lord Babs
 1931 Bull Rushes (Short) (story)
 1931 Hot Heir (Short) (story)
 1931 Who Killed Doc Robin? (Short) (story)
 1931 The Office Girl (screenplay - uncredited)
 1931 Hindle Wakes (scenario)
 1931 The Ghost Train (script)
 1931 Night in Montmartre (uncredited)
 1931 Aroma of the South Seas (Short) (writer)
 1930 Ashes (Short)
 1930 A Warm Corner (scenario)
 1930 Symphony in Two Flats (scenario)
 1929 Their Son (novella)
 1929 City of Play (writer)
 1929 The Wrecker (screenplay)
 1929 Taxi for Two (dialogue)
 1929 The Crooked Billet (screenplay)
 1929 The Return of the Rat (screenplay)
 1928 A Light Woman
 1928 Balaclava (scenario)
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McPhail is reputed to have introduced the term "McGuffin" to Alfred Hitchcock during the production of "The 39 Steps".

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