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San Francisco Examiner (17/Jun/1995) - Charles Bennett Award-winning screenwriter



Charles Bennett Award-winning screenwriter

Veteran screenwriter Charles Bennett, one of Alfred Hitchcock's most significant collaborators, died early Thursday morning of natural causes. He was 95.

The British-born writer co-scripted the screenplay for the first British talkie, "Blackmail,' which Hitchcock directed. It was based on Mr. Bennett's play of the same name, which had been produced in London.

He then went on to write some of Hitchcock's finest English films of the 1930s, including "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "The 39 Steps."

He continued to collaborate with Hitchcock on such Hollywood productions as "Foreign Correspondent" (1940) and "Saboteur" (1942), taking no credit for the latter.

Mr. Bennett is credited with more than 50 produced screenplays. In his later years, he worked in television, writing episodes of such series as "The Wild, Wild West" and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea."

In March, Mr. Bennett — one of the last members of Hollywood's original "British colony" — was honored by the Writers Guild of America West with the Screen Laurel Award, its highest honor.