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John Dighton (1909–1989)

Diminutive, softly-spoken British playwright and screenwriter, who usually worked in collaboration. Educated at Charterhouse and Cambridge University, Dighton wrote for the stage until entering films in 1935. After initially working for Michael Balcon at Gaumont-British, he was briefly under contract to Warner Brothers. At Ealing from 1939, he had ... See full bio »


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 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (original - 1 episode)
- The Happiest Days of Your Life (1962) ... (original)
 1961 Comedy Matinee (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
 1961 The Happiest Days of Your Life (TV Movie) (playwright)
 1959 Season of Passion (screenplay)
 1959 The Devil's Disciple (screenplay)
 1957 The Barretts of Wimpole Street (screenplay)
 1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Who Goes There! (1956) ... (play)
 1956 Man Alive! (TV Movie) (play)
 1956 The Swan
 1953 The Story of William Tell (Short) (writer)
 1953 Roman Holiday (screenplay)
 1952 Folly to Be Wise (screenplay)
 1952 The Passionate Sentry (by) / (screenplay)
 1952 Brandy for the Parson (screenplay)
 1951 The Man in the White Suit (screenplay)
 1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life (play) / (screenplay)
 1949 The Happiest Days of Your Life (TV Movie) (original play)
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets (screenplay)
 1948 Saraband (screenplay)
 1947 The Happiest Days of Your Life (TV Movie) (play)
 1944 Champagne Charlie (original screenplay)
 1943 My Learned Friend (original screen play)
 1943 Underground Guerrillas (screen play)
 1942 Went the Day Well? (story and screenplay)
 1942 The Goose Steps Out (screen play)
 1942 The Foreman Went to France (screen play)
 1942 The Next of Kin (original screen play)
 1942 Black Sheep of Whitehall (original story) / (screen play)
 1941 Turned Out Nice Again (uncredited)
 1941 The Ghost of St. Michael's (original story and screenplay)
 1940 Three Cockeyed Sailors (screenplay)
 1940 Saloon Bar (screen play)
 1940 To Hell with Hitler (original screen play)
 1940 Hoots Mon (screenplay and dialogue)
 1938 Everything Happens to Me (writer)
 1938 Many Tanks Mr. Atkins (writer)
 1938 Thank Evans (writer)
 1938 It's in the Blood (writer)
 1938 The Viper (writer)
 1937 Ship's Concert (Short)
 1937 Don't Get Me Wrong (dialogue) / (screenplay)
 1937 The Vulture

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His play, "The Happiest Days of Your Life," was performed in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with John Cater, Peggy Mount, Paul Greenwood, Griffith Jones, and Maria Aitken in the cast. Clifford Williams was director. See more »

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