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Reginald Rose (December 10, 1920-April 19, 2002) was an American film and television writer most widely known for his work in the early years of television drama. Born in Manhattan, he briefly attended New York City College before joining the Army, where he became a first lieutenant. December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... The Golden Age of Television is a reference to the period from approximately 1949 to 1960 when prime time television drama was predominated by original and classic productions from such writers as Paddy Chayefsky, Reginald Rose and Rod Serling. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Army (from French armée) can, in some countries, refer to any armed force. ... First Lieutenant is a military rank. ...

He sold his first teleplay, "Bus To Nowhere," in 1950 to CBS's live dramatic anthology program Studio One, for which he wrote Twelve Angry Men four years later. Studio One was an American dramatic anthology television series, sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Corporation. ...

This latter drama, set entirely in a room where a jury is deliberating the fate of a man accused of manslaughter, was inspired by Rose's service on just such a panel.

He was quoted by the Internet Movie Database as saying of this experience: "It was such an impressive, solemn setting in a great big wood-paneled courtroom, with a silver-haired judge, it knocked me out. I was overwhelmed. I was on a jury for a manslaughter case, and we got into this terrific, furious, eight-hour argument in the jury room. I was writing one-hour dramas for 'Studio One' then and I thought, wow, what a setting for a drama."

Rose received an Emmy for his teleplay and an Oscar nomination for his 1957, feature-length adaptation. An Emmy Award. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 12 Angry Men is a black-and-white film produced in 1957, and tells the story of twelve jurors bound by the acceptance of their civic duty and thrust together into a hot, humid room to deliberate the guilt or innocence of a boy accused of killing his father in...

He wrote for all three networks. He created and wrote fot The Defenders in 1961, a weekly courtroom drama that won two emmy awards for dramatic writing. The Defenders was an American television series, a courtroom drama which ran on CBS from 1961-1964. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... An Emmy Award. ...

Rose also later moved into screenwriting for films; he made four films with the British producer Euan Lloyd; The Wild Geese, The Sea Wolves, Who Dares Wins and Wild Geese II. Film may refer to: photographic film a motion picture in academics, the study of motion pictures as an art form a thin skin or membrane, or any covering or coating, whether transparent or opaque a thin layer of liquid, either on a solid or liquid surface or free-standing Film... A film producer oversees the making of movies. ... Euan Lloyd (1923 - ) is a British British film producer. ... The Wild Geese is a 1978 film about a group of mercenaries in Africa. ... The Sea Wolves is a 1980 war film starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven. ... Who Dares Wins, or Chi osera ci sincere is the motto of four special forces elite units: the British SAS, the Greek Special Forces, the Cyprus Tactical Group (pronounced: O tolmon Nika) and the Israeli Sayeret Matkal (in Hebrew: המעז מנצח). The motto represents the importance of courage, resourcefulness and the willingness...

We frequently speak of how shabby the offerings of television are today. I believe it's the writers limitations. The 50s and 60s had a consistently better level of drama. I wonder if it's the life experiences of the individuals that make the difference.

Did growing up through the 20s, 30s and 40s provide a stronger vision of life for those who became writers, than say the years from 1960 to 2000 ? Or was it perhaps simply a different vision .

I do not believe I ever knew this man's name, but he certainly affected my life. "The Defenders" is for me the best series that TV ever produced, and "Twelve Angry Men" one of the best plays and movies.

REGINALD ROSE 1961-65 The Defenders (creator and writer)

TELEVISION SERIES (various episodes)

1951 Out There 1954-57 Studio One 1955 Elgin Hour 1955 Philco Television Playhouse-Goodyear Playhouse 1956 Alcoa Hour-Goodyear Playhouse 1959 Playhouse 90 1960 Sunday Showcase 1961-65 The Defenders (creator and writer) 1967 CBS Playhouse 1975 The Zoo Gang (creator and writer) 1977 The Four of Us (pilot)

REGINALD ROSE. Born in New York City, New York, U.S., 10 December 1920. Student at City College (now of the City University of New York), New York, 1937-38. Married 1) Barbara Langbart, 1943 (divorced); children: Jonathan, Richard, Andrew and Steven (twins); 2) Ellen McLaughlin, 1963; children: Thomas and Christopher. Served in U.S. Army, 1942-46. Writer in television from 1951, starting with CBS, eventually working for all the major networks; wrote CBS-TV's Studio One episode "Twelve Angry Men," 1954; wrote and co-produced Twelve Angry Men film version, 1957, and wrote stage version, 1964; writer of films from 1956; author of books from 1956; wrote CBS pilot for series "The Defender," as episode of Studio One, 1957; wrote Emmy nominated "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story" for NBC-TV's Sunday Showcase, 1960; president of Defender Productions from 1961; created series and with others wrote The Defenders, 1961-65; wrote Emmy nominated "Dear Friends" for CBS Playhouse, 1967; wrote multiple-award-winning CBS mini-series, Escape From Sobibor, 1987. President of Reginald Rose Foundation. Recipient: Emmy Awards 1954, 1962, 1963 (with Robert Thom), 1968; Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1957; Berlin Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Award, 1957; Academy Award Nomination, 1957; Writers Guild of America Award, 1960; Writers Guild of America Laurel Award, 1958 and 1987. Home address: 20 Wedgewood Rd., Westport, CT 06880. Office Address: Defender Productions, c/o Philip Plumber, 105-58 Flatlands 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236.


1979 Studs Lonigan 1987 Escape From Sobibor


1982 The Rules of Marriage 1986 My Two Loves (with Rita Mae Brown)


Crime in the Streets, 1956; Dino, 1957; Twelve Angry Men, (also co-produced) 1957; Man of the West, 1958; The Man In the Net, 1958; Baxter!, 1972; Somebody Killed Her Husband, 1978; The Wild Geese, 1978; The Sea Wolves, 1980; Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (with Brian Clark), 1981; The Final Option, 1983; Wild Geese II, 1985.


Black Monday, 1962; Twelve Angry Men, 1964; The Porcelain Year, 1965; Dear Friends, 1968; This Agony, This Triumph, 1972.


Six Television Plays. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1957.

The Thomas Book. New York: Harcourt, 1972.


Hawes, William. The American Television Drama: The Experimental Years. University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1986.

Sturken, Frank. Live Television: The Golden Age of 1946-1958 in New York. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1990.

Wilk, Max. The Golden Age of Television: Notes from the Survivors. New York: Dell, 1977.

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Reginald Rose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (702 words)
Reginald Rose (December 10, 1920-April 19, 2002) was an American film and television writer most widely known for his work in the early years of television drama.
Rose received an Emmy for his teleplay and an Oscar nomination for his 1957, feature-length adaptation.
Rose also later moved into screenwriting for films; he made four films with the British producer Euan Lloyd; The Wild Geese, The Sea Wolves, Who Dares Wins and Wild Geese II.
Sixth Circuit Court Cases - Case Law and Opinions from the 6th Circuit Federal Court - Court of Appeals - unoffical ... (6651 words)
Rose was convicted of conspiring to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine mixture, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841(b)(1)(B), and of knowingly and intentionally carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2 and 924(c).
Rose clarified that he was only pleading guilty to fifty grams of methamphetamine, in violation of § 841(b)(1)(B), and thus obviated any Rule 11 problems that might have arisen from the discrepancies between the Superseding Indictment and the plea agreement regarding the statutory provisions and the drug quantities.
Rose failed to prove that he did not intend to provide or that he was not reasonably capable of providing the additional two pounds of methamphetamine; therefore, the district court properly used a drug quantity of three pounds of methamphetamine mixture to determine Rose’s base offense level.
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