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Edmonton Journal (19/Jun/1995) - Hitchcock screenwriter dies



Hitchcock screenwriter dies

Screenwriter Charles Bennett, whose collaboration with director Alfred Hitchcock breathed suspense into classic films such as The 39 Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much, has died. He was 95. Bennett died Thursday at a hospital.

He was born Aug. 2, 1899, in Shoreham-by-Sea, England, and was a child actor before serving in the First World War. After the war, he began writing.

Among his first efforts was Blackmail (1929), which also marked the beginning of Bennett's working relationship with Hitchcock. The collaboration ended in 1940 with Foreign Correspondent.

Bennett's screen credits include the 1934 original of The Man Who Knew Too Much, and the 1956 remake, both with Hitchcock. His other films include The 39 Steps (1935); The Secret Agent (1936); the original King Solomon's Mines (1937); and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).