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'''Hugo D. Butler''' (4 May 1914 – 7 January 1968) was a [[Canada|Canadian born]] [[screenwriter]] working in [[Hollywood]] who was [[Hollywood blacklist|blacklisted]] by the [[movie studio]]s in the 1950s.
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'''Hugo D. Butler''' (4 May 1914 – 7 January 1968) was a Canadian born screenwriter working in Hollywood who was [[Hollywood blacklist|blacklisted]] by the movie studios in the 1950s.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Born in [[Calgary, Alberta]], his father had acted and written scripts in [[silent film]]s. Hugo Butler worked as a [[journalist]] and [[playwright]] before moving to Hollywood in 1937 where he wrote the first of his thirty-four screenplays. His work on ''[[Edison the Man]]'' (1940) led to his nomination (with [[Dore Schary]]) for the Best Writing, Original Story [[Academy Award]].
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Born in Calgary, Alberta, his father had acted and written scripts in silent films. Hugo Butler worked as a journalist and playwright before moving to Hollywood in 1937 where he wrote the first of his thirty-four screenplays. His work on ''[[Edison the Man]]'' (1940) led to his nomination (with [[Dore Schary]]) for the Best Writing, Original Story Academy Award.
   
 
In 1940 he married actress [[Jean Rouverol]], later an author and screenwriter. Shortly thereafter Butler's career was interrupted when he served in the [[United States military]] during [[World War II]].
 
In 1940 he married actress [[Jean Rouverol]], later an author and screenwriter. Shortly thereafter Butler's career was interrupted when he served in the [[United States military]] during [[World War II]].
   
After being blacklisted, he wrote under various pseudonyms as well as using a fellow member of the [[Writers Guild of America]] as a front to submit screenplays to the [[movie studio]]s on his behalf. He and his wife went to [[Mexico]] where he worked on scripts for directors [[Luis Buñuel]] and [[Carlos Velo]]. They did not return to the United States on a permanent basis for thirteen years.
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After being blacklisted, he wrote under various pseudonyms as well as using a fellow member of the [[Writers Guild of America]] as a front to submit screenplays to the movie studios on his behalf. He and his wife went to Mexico where he worked on scripts for directors [[Luis Buñuel]] and [[Carlos Velo]]. They did not return to the United States on a permanent basis for thirteen years.
   
Hugo Butler suffered from arteriosclerotic brain disease for several years before he died from a [[myocardial infarction|heart attack]] in 1968 in [[Hollywood, California]]. In 1997, the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America voted to posthumously give him official credit for scripts he had written.
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Hugo Butler suffered from arteriosclerotic brain disease for several years before he died from a heart attack in 1968 in Hollywood, California. In 1997, the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America voted to posthumously give him official credit for scripts he had written.
   
== Selected filmography ==
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==Selected filmography==
 
*''[[Edison the Man]]'' (story, 1940)
 
*''[[Edison the Man]]'' (story, 1940)
 
*''[[Blossoms in the Dust]]'' (1941)
 
*''[[Blossoms in the Dust]]'' (1941)
 
*''[[Lassie Come Home]]'' (1943)
 
*''[[Lassie Come Home]]'' (1943)
*''[[The Southerner (1945 film)|The Southerner]]'' (1945)
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*''The Southerner'' (1945)
 
*''[[Miss Susie Slagle's]]'' (1946)
 
*''[[Miss Susie Slagle's]]'' (1946)
 
*''[[From This Day Forward]]'' (1946)
 
*''[[From This Day Forward]]'' (1946)
 
*''[[A Woman of Distinction]]'' (1950)
 
*''[[A Woman of Distinction]]'' (1950)
 
*''[[He Ran All the Way]]'' (1951)
 
*''[[He Ran All the Way]]'' (1951)
*''[[The Big Night (1951 film)|The Big Night]]'' (1951)
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*''The Big Night'' (1951)
 
*''[[The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe]]'' (1954) directed by [[Luis Buñuel]]
 
*''[[The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe]]'' (1954) directed by [[Luis Buñuel]]
*''[[Torero (film)|Torero]]'' (1956)
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*''Torero'' (1956)
*''[[Autumn Leaves (film)|Autumn Leaves]]'' (1956)
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*''Autumn Leaves'' (1956)
 
*''[[Los pequeños gigantes]]'' (1958)
 
*''[[Los pequeños gigantes]]'' (1958)
 
*''[[The Young One|La joven]]'' (''The Young One'', 1960) directed by Buñuel
 
*''[[The Young One|La joven]]'' (''The Young One'', 1960) directed by Buñuel
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Latest revision as of 14:07, 24 January 2021

Hugo Butler
Born (1914-05-04)May 4, 1914
Calgary, Alberta
Died January 7, 1968(1968-01-07) (aged 53)
Hollywood, California
Spouse(s) Jean Rouverol

Hugo D. Butler (4 May 1914 – 7 January 1968) was a Canadian born screenwriter working in Hollywood who was blacklisted by the movie studios in the 1950s.

Biography[]

Born in Calgary, Alberta, his father had acted and written scripts in silent films. Hugo Butler worked as a journalist and playwright before moving to Hollywood in 1937 where he wrote the first of his thirty-four screenplays. His work on Edison the Man (1940) led to his nomination (with Dore Schary) for the Best Writing, Original Story Academy Award.

In 1940 he married actress Jean Rouverol, later an author and screenwriter. Shortly thereafter Butler's career was interrupted when he served in the United States military during World War II.

After being blacklisted, he wrote under various pseudonyms as well as using a fellow member of the Writers Guild of America as a front to submit screenplays to the movie studios on his behalf. He and his wife went to Mexico where he worked on scripts for directors Luis Buñuel and Carlos Velo. They did not return to the United States on a permanent basis for thirteen years.

Hugo Butler suffered from arteriosclerotic brain disease for several years before he died from a heart attack in 1968 in Hollywood, California. In 1997, the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America voted to posthumously give him official credit for scripts he had written.

Selected filmography[]

  • Edison the Man (story, 1940)
  • Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
  • Lassie Come Home (1943)
  • The Southerner (1945)
  • Miss Susie Slagle's (1946)
  • From This Day Forward (1946)
  • A Woman of Distinction (1950)
  • He Ran All the Way (1951)
  • The Big Night (1951)
  • The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954) directed by Luis Buñuel
  • Torero (1956)
  • Autumn Leaves (1956)
  • Los pequeños gigantes (1958)
  • La joven (The Young One, 1960) directed by Buñuel
  • The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

External links[]

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