William Templeton (screenwriter)

William Templeton
William Pettigrew Templeton (7 June 1913 – 23 October 1973) was a Scottish playwright and screenwriter who made a major contribution to the Golden Age of Television writing a string of episodic dramas for American prime time television during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when many hour-long anthology drama series received wide critical acclaim.wikipedia
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Golden Age of Television

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William Pettigrew Templeton (7 June 1913 – 23 October 1973) was a Scottish playwright and screenwriter who made a major contribution to the Golden Age of Television writing a string of episodic dramas for American prime time television during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when many hour-long anthology drama series received wide critical acclaim.
Critics and viewers looked forward to new teleplays by Paddy Chayefsky, Horton Foote, Tad Mosel, Reginald Rose, Rod Serling, William Templeton, Gore Vidal and others.

The Fallen Idol (film)

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Templeton had a long film career both in the UK and the US. His adaptation of The Fallen Idol (also known as The Lost Illusion) a 1948 film with Ralph Richardson directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story The Basement Room by Graham Greene was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Double Confession

His screenplay adaptation of the book All on a Summer's Day by HLV Fletcher became the British crime thriller Double Confession (1950) directed by Ken Annakin, starring Peter Lorre.
The screenplay, written by William Templeton, is based on the novel, All On A Summer's Day by HLV Fletcher, written under the pen name "John Garden".

The Philco Television Playhouse

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The series launched the television writing careers of Robert Alan Aurthur, Paddy Chayefsky, Sumner Locke Elliott, Horton Foote, Tad Mosel, William Templeton, Arnold Schulman, and Gore Vidal.

Studio One (U.S. TV series)

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William Templeton's 1953 adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, starring Eddie Albert as Winston Smith, led to the 1956 feature-film version with Edmond O'Brien in the principal role.

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

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Comfortable writing for a variety of genres, Templeton was able to contribute to several of the major television series of the period: The Alcoa Hour (1954–1955); Goodyear Playhouse (1956); Matinee Theatre (1956); Sword of Freedom (1957): The Untouchables (1960); the original Adventures of Robin Hood series (1957) with Richard Greene and the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse anthology series broadcast by CBS from 1948 to 1958 and produced by Desi Arnaz.
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1984 (1956 film)

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He became best known for his 1956 adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, with Edmond O'Brien as Winston Smith: "It was a masterly adaptation that depicted with power and poignancy and terrifying beauty the end result of thought control", wrote Jack Gould in The New York Times.

Edward R. Murrow

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It was written by William Templeton and produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.

Anthology series

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William Pettigrew Templeton (7 June 1913 – 23 October 1973) was a Scottish playwright and screenwriter who made a major contribution to the Golden Age of Television writing a string of episodic dramas for American prime time television during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when many hour-long anthology drama series received wide critical acclaim.

Ralph Richardson

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Templeton had a long film career both in the UK and the US. His adaptation of The Fallen Idol (also known as The Lost Illusion) a 1948 film with Ralph Richardson directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story The Basement Room by Graham Greene was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

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Templeton had a long film career both in the UK and the US. His adaptation of The Fallen Idol (also known as The Lost Illusion) a 1948 film with Ralph Richardson directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story The Basement Room by Graham Greene was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Graham Greene

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Templeton had a long film career both in the UK and the US. His adaptation of The Fallen Idol (also known as The Lost Illusion) a 1948 film with Ralph Richardson directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story The Basement Room by Graham Greene was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Academy Awards

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Templeton had a long film career both in the UK and the US. His adaptation of The Fallen Idol (also known as The Lost Illusion) a 1948 film with Ralph Richardson directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story The Basement Room by Graham Greene was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

British Academy Film Awards

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Templeton had a long film career both in the UK and the US. His adaptation of The Fallen Idol (also known as The Lost Illusion) a 1948 film with Ralph Richardson directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story The Basement Room by Graham Greene was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Royal Lyceum Theatre

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At 20 Templeton wrote the one-act play The King's Spaniel, which ran at the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Brandon Thomas

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At 24, his first three-act play, Circus Murder, was picked up and produced by Jevan Brandon Thomas at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1937, then quickly exported to London by the producer Esme Church for a run at the New Theatre (1938) under the title The Painted Smile.

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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At 24, his first three-act play, Circus Murder, was picked up and produced by Jevan Brandon Thomas at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1937, then quickly exported to London by the producer Esme Church for a run at the New Theatre (1938) under the title The Painted Smile.

Esme Church

At 24, his first three-act play, Circus Murder, was picked up and produced by Jevan Brandon Thomas at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1937, then quickly exported to London by the producer Esme Church for a run at the New Theatre (1938) under the title The Painted Smile.

The Daily Telegraph

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Theatre critic WA Darlington of The Daily Telegraph called it "a cleverly created illusion".

Arts Theatre

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(1946) Exercise Bowler – (Arts then transferred to the Scala Theatre) produced by Alec Clunes

Scala Theatre

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(1946) Exercise Bowler – (Arts then transferred to the Scala Theatre) produced by Alec Clunes

Alec Clunes

(1946) Exercise Bowler – (Arts then transferred to the Scala Theatre) produced by Alec Clunes

Vaudeville Theatre

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(1948) The Ivory Tower – (The Vaudeville Theatre) produced by Charles B. Cochran

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(1948) The Ivory Tower – (The Vaudeville Theatre) produced by Charles B. Cochran