- Mary C. McCall, Jr.
Mary C. McCall, Jr. (April 4, 1904, New York, New York - April 3, 1986, Los Angeles, California) was a writer best known for her screenwriting. She was the first woman president of the Writers Guild of America, serving from 1942-44 and 1951-52.
McCall attended Vassar College and Trinity College, Dublin.
She got into the film industry when Warner Bros. hired her to help with the screenplay of the 1932 film Scarlet Dawn, which was based on her novel Revolt. Among her screen credits are the 1935 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, starring James Cagney as Puck, The Fighting Sullivans, and Mr. Belvedere Goes to College. She also wrote or co-wrote eight of the ten films in the Maisie series. In the 1950s and 1960s, she branched out into television, being credited with four episodes of The Millionaire and one each of Sea Hunt, I Dream of Jeannie, and Gilligan's Island, among others.
A number of her stories were published in such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Collier's, and The Saturday Evening Post from the 1930s to the 1950s.
In 1954, she had to defend herself in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee against reports that she was a communist sympathizer.
She was the first recipient of the Writers Guild's Valentine Davies Award in 1962. In 1985, she also received the Guild's Edmund J. North Award.
Filmography as screenwriter
- Scarlet Dawn (1932)
- The Woman in Red (1935)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
- Craig's Wife (1936)
- A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
- Secrets of an Actress (1938) (uncredited contributing writer)
- Breaking the Ice (1938)
- Dramatic School (1938)
- Maisie (1939)
- Congo Maisie (1940)
- Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
- Maisie Was a Lady (1941)
- Ringside Maisie (1941)
- Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)
- Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
- The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
- Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)
- Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
- ^ a b c "Past Presidents / Mary C. McCall Jr.". Writers Guild of America. http://www.wga.org/history/past_presidents.html. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
- ^ "Stories Listed by Author". The FictionMags Index. http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s1465.htm. Retrieved October 10, 2009.
- Mary C. McCall, Jr. at the Internet Movie Database
- Mary C. McCall, Jr. at AllRovi
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