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Nationality  British
Years active  1950–1974

Name  Paul Dehn
Role  Screenwriter
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Born  5 November 1912 (1912-11-05) Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Died  September 30, 1976, United Kingdom
Books  The Bear: An Extravaganza in 1 Act. Full Score, English & German, Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Education  Shrewsbury School, Brasenose College, Oxford
Awards  Academy Award for Best Story
Movies  Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of t, Conquest of the Planet of t, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Goldfinger
Similar People  Mort Abrahams, Natalie Trundy, Arthur P Jacobs, Richard Maibaum, Ted Post

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Paul Dehn (5 November 1912 – 30 September 1976) was a British screenwriter, best known for Goldfinger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Planet of the Apes sequels and Murder on the Orient Express. Dehn and his partner, James Bernard, won the Academy Award for best Motion Picture story for Seven Days to Noon.

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Biography and work

Dehn was born in 1912 in Manchester. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, and attended Brasenose College, Oxford. While at Oxford, he contributed film reviews to weekly undergraduate papers.

He began his career in 1936 as a film reviewer for several London newspapers.

During World War II he was stationed at Camp X in Canada. This was one of several training facilities operated by Special Operations Executive to train spies and special forces teams. He was the Political Warfare officer from 1942–44 and held the rank of Major. Dehn took part in missions in France and Norway.

He narrated the 1951 film Waters of Time and later wrote plays, operettas, and musicals for the stage. He wrote the lyrics for songs in two films, The Innocents (1961) and Moulin Rouge (1952).

In 1949 or 1950, Dehn began a professional collaboration with composer James Bernard. Dehn asked Bernard to collaborate with him on the original screen story for the Boulting Brothers film Seven Days to Noon (1950).

Through the 1960s, Dehn concentrated on screenwriting for espionage films, notably Goldfinger (1964), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), and The Deadly Affair (1967). He later wrote the screenplays for the four Planet of the Apes sequels and the libretto for William Walton's opera The Bear; he also wrote libretti for two operas by Lennox Berkeley, A Dinner Engagement and Castaway.

His last screenplay was for Sidney Lumet's all-star Murder on the Orient Express (1974), based on the Agatha Christie whodunit, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Dehn (pronounced “Dane,” as in “the melancholy”) resurrected or reinvented at least three genres given up for dead at the time: the British mystery, the Shakespeare adaptation, and the spy film.

Screenplays

  • Seven Days to Noon (1950)
  • Waters of Time (1951)
  • On Such a Night (1956)
  • Orders to Kill (1958)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
  • The Deadly Affair (1966)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
  • Beryl Reid Says Good Evening (1968)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Fragment of Fear (1970)
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  • Awards and nominations

  • Academy Award for 'Writing, (Motion Picture Story)', 1952 for Seven Days to Noon
  • BAFTA Award Nomination for Best British Screenplay, 1959
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best American Film, 1965
  • Writers Guild of America Award Nomination for Best American Drama, 1966
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture, 1966
  • BAFTA Award Nomination for Best British Screenplay, 1968
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award Nomination for Best Motion Picture, 1974
  • Writers Guild of Britain Award for Best British Screenplay, 1974
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, 1975
  • References

    Paul Dehn Wikipedia


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