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Edwin Greenwood


Theodore Edwin Greenwood was a British author, screenwriter and film director.

He worked several times with Alfred Hitchcock and dedicated his 1937 book Old Goat: A Fantasia on a Theme of Blackmail and Sudden Death to the director: "To Alfred Hitchcock ('Hitch'), Good Maker of Good Pictures, Good Judge of Good Things, Good Friend."[1]

He died aged 39, aged 42.

It is sometimes claimed — for example, by Donald Spoto — that Greenwood died as a direct result of the filming conditions on Jamaica Inn, however he died nearly a full year after filming.[2]


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  • born 27/Aug/1895[3]
  • baptised 20/Oct/1895 at St Mary, West Kensington, London.
  • son of music teacher Alfred Greenwood (b. 1842)[4] and Merina "Minna" Rose Ottilie (b. 1855) née Schweitzer[5]
  • brother of Mary Winifred Greenwood (b. 1887)[6] and John Danforth Herman Greenwood (b. 1889)[7]
  • 1901 Census (aged 5) — living with parents and siblings at 109 Talgarth Road, Fulham, London
  • 1911 Census (aged 15) — student at St. Paul's School and living with parents and siblings at 106 Castelnau, Richmond, London
  • married 1934 to Mollie Jones[8]
  • died 17/Sep/1939 — was living at 29 Elm Close, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, at the time of his death
  • probate granted to Wyndham Norris Eifion Bazzard (solictor) and Leonard Parker Moore (literary agent) on 29/Nov/1939, with effects worth £1,471 14s. 5d.


Notes & References

  1. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 160
  2. In an interview with Kevin MacDonald, Sidney Gilliat said he felt that Greenwood's death was caused by the rigours of filming Jamaica Inn. See English Hitchcock (2000) by Charles Barr, page 234.
  3. Exact date of birth confirmed by his baptismal record.
  4. Born 11/Dec/1842 at sea. Died 1912 aged 69.
  5. Born in Sussex, England. Died 1901 aged 46.
  6. Born 22/Oct/1887. Married 1916 to Arthur C Wood.
  7. Born 26/Jun/1889. Died 15/Apr/1975 in Sussex.
  8. According to IMDB.