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Occupation  Writer, screenwriter
Years active  1943–68

Name  Nedrick Young
Role  Screenwriter
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Born  March 23, 1914 (1914-03-23) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died  September 16, 1968, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Elizabeth MacRae (m. 1965–1968), Frances Sage (m. ?–1963)
Awards  Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay
Movies  The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind, Jailhouse Rock, Terror in a Texas Town, Gun Crazy
Similar People  Joseph H Lewis, Elizabeth MacRae, Stanley Kramer, Jerome Lawrence, Cara Williams

Gigi and The Defiant Ones Win Writing Awards: 1959 Oscars

Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968), also known by the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas, was a screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s. He is credited with writing the screenplay for Jailhouse Rock in 1957, which starred Elvis Presley.


Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to screenwriting, he also took on an acting role in various feature-length films during the period 1943–1966.

Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54.



  • 1943 – Bombs Over Burma
  • 1947 – Unexpected Guest
  • 1948 – The Swordsman
  • 1949 – Gun Crazy
  • 1950 – A Lady Without Passport
  • 1952 – The Iron Mistress
  • 1952 – Retreat, Hell! (credited: Ned Young as Sgt. Novak)
  • 1953 – House of Wax
  • 1958 – Terror in a Texas Town
  • 1966 – Seconds
  • Screenplay

  • 1957 – Jailhouse Rock
  • 1958 – The Defiant Ones
  • 1960 – Inherit the Wind
  • 1968 – Shadow on the Land
  • The Defiant Ones was nominated for, and received, an Academy Award for the "best screenplay written directly for the screen" in 1958. For the same film, Young and co-writer Harold Jacob Smith won a 1959 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, from the Mystery Writers of America. Inherit the Wind was also nominated for, but did not win, an Academy Award in 1960.


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