Casey Robinson

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Casey Robinson
Kenneth Casey Robinson

October 17, 1903 (1903-10-17)
DiedDecember 6, 1979 (1979-12-07) (aged 76)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, producer

Kenneth Casey Robinson (October 17, 1903 – December 6, 1979) was an American producer and director of mostly B movies and a screenwriter responsible for some of Bette Davis' most revered films. Film critic Richard Corliss once described him as "the master of the art – or craft – of adaptation." [1]


Early life and Hollywood career

Born in Logan, Utah, the son of a Brigham Young University music/drama instructor, Robinson graduated from Cornell University at the age of 19 and briefly taught English before turning to journalism. [1] In 1927, he began his Hollywood career writing the titles for silent movies. [2] He graduated to directing in the early 1930s, but after six films he abandoned that field in order to concentrate on writing. The films with Davis included It's Love I'm After , Dark Victory , The Old Maid , All This, and Heaven Too , Now, Voyager , and The Corn Is Green .

Robinson's production credits include Days of Glory , Under My Skin , and Two Flags West , all of which he scripted as well. [3] He also worked on three weeks of re-writes for Casablanca, but was uncredited. [4] In 1935, Robinson was a write-in candidate for what was then called the Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay for his work on Captain Blood . [5]

After spending the better part of the 1930s and the early 1940s working at Warner Bros., Robinson moved to MGM in the mid-'40s, then to 20th Century Fox in the 1950s. [2] He retired in 1962 and eventually emigrated to Sydney, Australia (his wife was Australian). While in Sydney he came out of retirement to write and produce Scobie Malone , in 1975. [6] [7]

His second wife was prima ballerina Tamara Toumanova; they were wed from 1944 until their divorce in 1955. The union was childless. He died in Sydney, Australia in 1979, aged 76. [8]

Selected filmography

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