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Jimmy Sangster (1927–2011)

One of the driving, creative forces behind the legendary Hammer Studios, Jimmy Sangster was born on December 2nd, in Kinmel Bay, North Wales. He began in the film industry as a production assistant at age 16 during WWII. After this gig, he worked as a gofer and assistant projectionist for Norman's Film Services at London's Wardour Street. ... See full bio »

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(age 83) in London, England, UK
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(1958)
Maniac Writer
(1963)

Filmography

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 2000 Flashback
 1992 Beyond Belief!! (TV Series documentary)
 1992 Dødelig kjemi (TV Mini-Series) (screenplay - 4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... (screenplay)
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... (screenplay)
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... (screenplay)
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... (screenplay)
 1985 North Beach and Rawhide (TV Movie)
 1984 The Toughest Man in the World (TV Movie) (teleplay)
  Ripley's Believe It or Not! (TV Series documentary) (1 episode, 1982) (written by - 1 episode, 1982)
- Episode #1.10 (1982) ... (written by)
- Episode #1.4 (1982)
 1979-1981 Concrete Cowboys (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Two Hundred Miles from No Place (1981) ... (writer)
- The Wind Bags (1981) ... (writer)
- Concrete Cowboys (1979) ... (writer)
 1981 No Place to Hide (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1981 The Devil and Max Devlin (story)
 1980 Once Upon a Spy (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 1980 Phobia (screenplay)
  B.J. and the Bear (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1979) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1979)
- Mary Ellen (1979) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1979 Ebony, Ivory and Jade (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1979 The Billion Dollar Threat (TV Movie)
 1979 The Country Western Murders (TV Movie)
 1978 The Legacy (screenplay) / (story)
 1977 Good Against Evil (TV Movie) (written by)
  Nashville 99 (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1977) (writer - 1 episode, 1977)
- The Fallen Idol (1977) ... (written by)
- Sing Me a Song to Die By (1977) ... (writer)
  Wonder Woman (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1976) (written by - 1 episode, 1977)
- Wonder Woman in Hollywood (1977) ... (written by)
- The Feminum Mystique: Part 2 (1976) ... (teleplay)
- The Feminum Mystique: Part 1 (1976) ... (teleplay)
 1976 Most Wanted (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Slaver (1976) ... (written by)
  Movin' On (TV Series) (written by - 9 episodes, 1975 - 1976) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1976)
- Full Fathom Five (1976) ... (written by)
- No More Sad Songs (1976) ... (written by)
- A Home Is Not a House (1976) ... (teleplay)
- Living It Up! (1976) ... (written by)
- The Big Switch (1976) ... (written by)
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Courthouse (1975) ... (story)
 1975 Cannon (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Victim (1975) ... (written by)
  Ironside (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1974) (written by - 1 episode, 1974)
- The Visiting Fireman (1974) ... (written by)
- Raise the Devil: Part 2 (1974) ... (teleplay)
- Raise the Devil: Part 1 (1974) ... (teleplay)
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Horror in the Heights (1974) ... (written by)
  McCloud (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1974) (written by - 1 episode, 1974)
- The Concrete Jungle Caper (1974) ... (story)
- A Cowboy in Paradise (1974) ... (written by - as James Sangster)
 1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Doomsday, and Counting (1974) ... (story)
 1974 Banacek (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Horse of a Slightly Different Color (1974) ... (writer)
 1973 Maneater (TV Movie)
 1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Movie) (written by)
 1973 The Magician (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Manhunters (1973) ... (written by)
  Circle of Fear (TV Series) (teleplay - 4 episodes, 1972 - 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- The Phantom of Herald Square (1973) ... (teleplay)
- Spare Parts (1973) ... (teleplay)
- Doorway to Death (1973) ... (writer)
- Time of Terror (1972) ... (teleplay)
- The Concrete Captain (1972) ... (teleplay)
 1972 Fear in the Night (screen-play)
 1971 A Taste of Evil (TV Movie)
 1971 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (screenplay - as James Sangster)
 1970 The Horror of Frankenstein (screenplay)
 1970 Crescendo (screenplay)
 1970 Foreign Exchange (TV Movie) (novel) / (screenplay)
 1969 The Spy Killer (TV Movie) (novel "Private I")
 1968 The Anniversary (screenplay)
 1967 Deadlier Than the Male (from an original story by) / (screenplay by)
 1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness (screenplay - as John Sansom)
 1965 The Nanny (screenplay)
 1965 Hysteria (written by)
 1964 Face of a Stranger (screenplay - as John Sansom)
 1964 Das Verrätertor (as John Sansom)
 1963-1964 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series) (screenplay - 2 episodes)
- Face of a Stranger (1964) ... (screenplay - as John Sansom)
- To Have and to Hold (1963) ... (screenplay - as John Samson)
 1964 The Devil-Ship Pirates (screenplay)
 1964 Nightmare (written by)
 1963 To Have and to Hold (screenplay - as John Sansom)
 1963 Maniac (written by)
 1963 Paranoiac (screenplay)
 1962 The Pirates of Blood River (from a story by)
 1961 Scream of Fear (written by)
 1961 The Terror of the Tongs (written by)
 1958-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Big Deal (1961) ... (writer)
- I Can Destroy the Sun (1958) ... (writer)
 1961 The Hellfire Club (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 Concrete Jungle (uncredited)
 1960 The Siege of Sidney Street (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 The Brides of Dracula (screenplay)
 1959 The Mummy (screenplay)
 1959 The Man Who Could Cheat Death (screenplay)
 1959 Jack the Ripper (screenplay)
 1958 The Crawling Eye (screenplay)
 1958 Blood of the Vampire (screenplay) / (story)
 1958 Intent to Kill (screenplay)
 1958 The Snorkel (screenplay)
 1958 The Revenge of Frankenstein (writer)
 1958 Horror of Dracula (screenplay)
 1957 Motive for Murder (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- The Man Named Joe (1957) ... (writer)
- The Face on the Photograph (1957) ... (writer)
- The Doctor (1957) ... (writer)
- The Clay Pigeon (1957) ... (writer)
- The Man Named Jacques (1957) ... (writer)
 1957 The Assassin (TV Movie)
 1957 The Curse of Frankenstein (screenplay)
 1956 A Man on the Beach (Short) (screenplay)
 1956 X the Unknown (screenplay) / (story)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "Revenge of Frankenstein" (filmed as The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Samson | James Sangster | John Sansom
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Personal Quote:

I wrote horror movies because it was my job. So, when someone asks me what were the influences that prompted me to be a "horror film" writer, I tell them it was Wages! See more »

Trivia:

He worked as a production assistant at Hammer Films. His duties included assistant director, second unit director and production manager. For an upcoming project the head of Hammer suggested that Sangster try his hand at writing; if he liked Sangster's script, Hammer would buy it. This began Jimmy Sangster's career as a writer, the profession he is best known for. His early scripts were not only ... See more »

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