Philip MacDonald

Philip MacDonald


Philip MacDonald was born on Nov 05, 1901 in UK. Philip MacDonald's big-screen debut came with Rynox directed by Michael Powell in 1931. Philip MacDonald is known for The Body Snatcher directed by Robert Wise, Boris Karloff stars as Cabman John Gray and Bela Lugosi as Joseph. The upcoming new movie Philip MacDonald plays is Sahara which will be released on Apr 25, 1995.

British novelist Philip MacDonald was born in London, England, in 1901. His grandfather was the Scottish novelist George MacDonald. As a young man Philip was an excellent horseman; prior to World War I he trained horses bought from Argentina for the British army, and when war broke out he enlisted in the army and was posted to a cavalry unit in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq).He began writing while in the army, and his first detective novel--the genre for which he is best known--was "The Rasp", published in 1924, which introduced his main character, a detective named Col. Anthony Gethryn. This was followed by a dozen more novels featuring Gethryn. MacDonald didn't confine himself solely to crime thrillers, however. His novel "The Patrol" (1927) was about a squad of British soldiers on patrol in the Mesopotamian desert during World War I and have to survive constant attacks and ambushes by rampaging Arab bands. It was filmed, quite successfully, by director John Ford as La patrouille perdue (1934) in 1934.MacDonald also wrote original screenplays, but his most famous credit was probably his adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier's novel for Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940); he also turned to writing for television, penning episodes of series as diverse as La grande caravane (1957), Alfred Hitchcock présente (1955), Le Virginien (1962) and Robert Montgomery Presents (1950).Philip MacDonald died in Woodland Hills, CA, in 1980.

  • Birthday

    Nov 05, 1901
  • Place of Birth

    London, England, UK

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