Morton Thompson (c. 1907 – July 7, 1953) was an American writer of newspaper journalism, novels and film screenplays. Amongst his works were a collection of journalistic memoirs called Joe, the Wounded Tennis Player, and the novels Not as a Stranger (which was turned into a film directed by Stanley Kramer) and The Cry and the Covenant. He was also the inventor of the Thompson Turkey. He was a friend of the writer Robert Benchley. His second wife, Frances Pindyck, a literary agent with the Leland Hayward Agency, represented Dashiel Hammett and Betty Smith, among others.