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Gene Fowler was an American journalist, author and dramatist. He was born Eugene Devlan in Denver, Colorado in 1890 and died in Los Angeles, California in 1960. When his mother remarried, young Gene took his step-father's name to become Gene Fowler. Fowler's career had a false start in taxidermy, which he later claimed permanently gave him a distaste for red meat. After a year at the University of Colorado, he took a job with The Denver Post. His assignments included an interview with frontiersman and Wild West Show promoter Buffalo Bill Cody. He established his trademark impertinence by questioning Cody about his many love affairs. Flag Seal Nickname: The Mile-High City Location Location of Denver in Colorado Coordinates , Government City-County Denver (coextensive) Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 154. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... The Denver Post is a daily newspaper published in Denver, Colorado. ... Buffalo Bill Cody Buffalo Bill (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, buffalo hunter and showman. ...

Subsequently, Fowler worked for the New York Daily Mirror, and then became newspaper syndication manager for King Features. His later work included over a dozen screenplays, mostly written in the 1930s, and a number of books including biographies and memoirs. The New York Daily Mirror was an American morning tabloid newspaper first published in 1924 in New York City by the William Randolph Hearst organization as a contrast to their mainstream broadsheets, the Evening Journal and New York American, later consolidated into the New York Journal American. It was created... King Features Syndicate is a syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation; it distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to thousands of newspapers around the world. ...

During his years in Hollywood, Fowler became close to such celebrities as John Barrymore and W.C. Fields. (Fields, whose animus toward children is legendary, claimed that Gene Fowler's sons were the only children he could stand.) He wrote a biography of Barrymore, Good Night, Sweet Prince (1944). ... John Sidney Blythe (February 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942), better known as John Barrymore and nicknamed The Great Profile, became famous as a Shakespearean actor, lauded for his Hamlet, and was frequently regarded as the greatest actor of his generation, playing a wide variety of roles on stage and in... W. C. Fields (January 29, 1880 - December 25, 1946) was an American comedian and actor. ...

In 1916, Fowler married Agnes Hubbard who bore three children, the eldest of whom was Gene Fowler Jr. (1917-1998), a prominent Holywood film editor (whose work included It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and Hang 'Em High) and a sometime director (1959's I Was a Teenage Werewolf as well as numerous television programs). The eldest son of Gene Fowler, Denver-born Gene Fowler Jr. ... Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a comedy movie that followed the Hollywood trend in the 1960s of producing gigantic and epic films as a way to woo audiences into movie theaters. ... A 1968 Western film directed by Ted Post starring Clint Eastwood. ... I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a 1957 horror film starring Michael Landon as a troubled teenager and Whit Bissell as the primary adult. ...



Fowler wrote or co-wrote screenplays for the following movies (partial list).

  • What Price Hollywood? (1932)
  • State's Attorney (1932)
  • The Way to Love (1933)
  • The Mighty Barnum (1934) (based on his stage play)
  • Twentieth Century (1934)
  • The Call of the Wild (1935)
  • Professional Soldier (1935)
  • Career Woman (1936) (story)
  • Half Angel (1936)
  • A Message to Garcia (1936)
  • White Fang (1936)
  • Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) (story)
  • Love Under Fire (1937)
  • Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)
  • The Earl of Chicago (1940) (story)
  • Billy the Kid (1941)
  • Big Jack (1949)

Other of his works that became the basis for films include his stage play The Great Magoo, which was filmed as Shoot the Works (1934), and the book, Beau James: The Life & Times of Jimmy Walker, which was the basis for Beau James (1957). This article is about the 1926 Mayor of New York. ...


Gene Fowler was the subject of many colorful annectdotes. One told by his son, Will, concerns the scene outside of John Barrymore's hospital room in May 1942.

"A stranger entered the waiting room where Decker and Fowler were sitting with reporters. 'I am a healer,' cried the stranger. 'Just give me three minutes with Mr. Barrymore and I will cure him!'

"There was a moment of silence until Fowler arose, snatched the seemingly demented fellow by the scruff of his collar and threw him down the stairs, calling after him, 'Physician, heal thyself!'"

Memorable Quotations

Fowler authored many witticisms both spoken and written. Two regarding the art of writing might suffice:

"Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

"The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from."


[Gene Fowler] at Internet Movie Database

[Gene Fowler Quotes]

Will Fowler, The Second Handshake, Secaucus, New Jersey: Lyle Stuart Inc., 1980.

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William Randolph Fowler was the first reporter on the scene of the infamous Black Dahlia murder.
Fowler never attended college, but he received his "Ph.D. in the city rooms and on the streets of L.A.'' He withdrew as a cofounder of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club in 1947 when famed female city editor Agness Underwood was denied membership.
Fowler later managed the Southern California public relations campaign for Senator Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential run, wrote for "The Red Skelton Show" and worked in public relations.
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