January 2, 2017


John Dighton (1909-1989) b. London, England.

John Dighton was a playwright – screenwriter from 1932, including work for Michael Balcon at Gaumont-British. To Ealing in 1939 for a dozen year, of collaborative projects. Dighton’s 1940s output included comedian Will Hay‘s last starring features, as well as the 1947 adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby (1947). Most gainfully employed by Ealing Studios, he collaborated on the screenplays of such sublime comedies as Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and The Man in the White Suit (1951), sharing an Academy Award nomination for the latter. He earned a second nomination for the American-financed Roman Holiday (1953). Two of his more popular stage plays, Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) and Who Goes There? (1952), were successfully adapted for the screen by Dighton himself. John Dighton‘s final screen credit was his cinema adaptation of Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple (1959).

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