The Gordons (writers)

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The Gordons are crime fiction authors Gordon Gordon (born in Anderson, Indiana 12 March 1906 died 14 March 2002) and his wife Mildred Gordon (writer) (née Nixon born 24 June 1912 in Kansas died 3 February 1979 in Tucson, Arizona). Both attended the University of Arizona where they met and later married in 1932. They wrote many crime fiction novels, with some being been filmed.[1] After they learned that the screenwriter of Make Haste to Live received $40,000 whilst they the authors only received $5000, the Gordons insisted on writing the screenplays for their books being filmed.[1]

Mr. Gordon was an editor of the Tucson Citizen newspaper and a publicist with 20th Century Fox from 1935-1942, and later served as an FBI counter-intelligence agent during World War II for three years.[2] Mildred Gordon was a teacher and an editor for Arizona Highways magazine. She worked for United Press and wrote The Little Man Who Wasn't There (1946).

Mr. Gordon remarried Mary Dorr (1918-2004) on 16 March 1980 and they wrote Race for the Golden Tide (1983) and The Hong Kong Affair (1998). Gordon and Dorr created the Excellence in Media Angel Awards.

Major works[edit]

  • Make Haste to Live (1950) (filmed in 1954)
  • FBI Story (1950) (John Ripley)
  • Campaign Train (1952)
  • Case File: FBI (1953) (John Ripley) (also wrote the screenplay when filmed as Down Three Dark Streets in 1954)
  • The Case of the Talking Bug/Playback (title in UK) (1955)
  • The Big Frame (1957)
  • Captive (1957) (John Ripley)
  • Tiger on My Back (1960)
  • Operation Terror (1961) (John Ripley) (also wrote the screenplay when filmed as Experiment in Terror in 1962)
  • Menace (1962)
  • Undercover Cat (1963) (also wrote the screenplay when filmed as That Darn Cat)
  • The Informant (1973) (John Ripley; later reprinted under the title It Could Happen)


  1. ^ a b Gordon Gordon
  2. ^ p.146 Society of Former Agents of the FBI 1998