Allen Adler

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Allen Adler
Born (1916-12-25)December 25, 1916
New York City, United States
Died January 30, 1964(1964-01-30) (aged 47)
New York City, United States
Occupation writer
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction

Allen Adler (December 25, 1916 – January 30, 1964) was an American writer, also involved in theater in various ways. With Irving Block he wrote the story for the screenplay for Forbidden Planet, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest,[citation needed] but he was a victim of the Second Red Scare and was blacklisted from the film industry.

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Adler was the son of Abe Adler (a stage manager) who, in turn, was the son of Yiddish theater star Jacob Adler by his first wife Sonya ("Sophia") Adler. Per the bio on back jacket of Adler's novel Mach 1, "He majored in English at New York University, wrote publicity for Robert Ripley of 'Believe It Or Not,', owned a New York theatre at twenty-one, presented touring opera companies, served in the air force in World War II in the Fifth Air Force, Far Eastern Air Force and Thirteenth Bomber Command. He produced a revival of Front Page, has written both original stories and screenplays for the motion pictures."

In addition to Forbidden Planet, Adler has a story credit for the film The Giant Behemoth (1959).

The New York Times of February 1, 1964 includes Adler's obituary, giving the date of his death as January 30, 1964. It says he was born in New York, the son of Adolf Adler, Yiddish theater manager and owner. He was survived by his widow, the former Mary MacNamara, and two daughters, Pamela and Allison Jo.

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