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William Archibald


William Archibald was a Trinidadian-born playwright, dancer, choreographer and director, whose stage adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw was made into the 1961 British horror film The Innocents.

In 1945, Archibald wrote the book and lyrics for Carib Song, which was staged at the Adelphi Theatre with choreography by Katherine Dunham and a score by Baldwin Bergersen. Archibald then went on to write another musical, three plays and the libretto for a ballet opera: Bay Harbour. His first play, The Innocents, based on the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw, opened on Broadway in 1950. With Truman Capote he wrote the screenplay for the 1961 film, winning an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay from the Mystery Writers of America. Archibald also co-wrote, with George Tabori, the script for the Alfred Hitchcock film I Confess.


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