Richard Edward Wormser (February 2, 1908, New York City, New York – July, 1977, Tumacacori, Arizona) was a prolific American writer of pulp fiction, detective fiction, screenplays, and Westerns, some of it written using the pseudonym of Ed Friend. He is estimated to have written 300 short stories, 200 novelettes, 12 books, many screenplays and stories turned into screenplays and a cookbook Southwest Cookery or At Home on the Range.
After graduating from Princeton University he became a prolific writer of pulp fiction under his own name, the pen name of Conrad Gerson, and wrote seventeen Nick Carter novels for Street and Smith.
Hollywood purchased several of his stories beginning with his It's All in the Racket filmed as Sworn Enemy in 1936. Columbia Pictures signed him for a short term writing contract in 1937. He was fired, then rehired by Columbia and worked for several other studios. Columbia once couldn't make up its mind between buying two of his stories, The Frame Up or Right Guy. The studio at last decided on Right Guy but filmed it under the title of The Frame Up.
During World War II he served as a forest ranger.
Wormser authored several novelisations of films
- Thief of Baghdad 1961
- The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah 1962
- McLintock! 1963
- Bedtime Story 1964
- Operation Crossbow 1965
- Major Dundee 1965
- Alvarez Kelly 1966
- Torn Curtain 1966
- The Scalphunters 1968
and four novels based on TV series, three as "Ed Friend":
- The Green Hornet: The Infernal Light 1967, adaptation (Dell)
- The High Chaparral: Coyote Gold 1969, original (Tempo)
- The Most Deadly Game: The Corpse in the Castle 1970, original (Lancer)
and one as Richard Wormser:
- The Wild Wild West 1966, adaptation (Signet)
- p.139 Wild Cat Books The Pulp Hero Deluxe Edition 2008 Lulu
- Sadler, Geoff, Salder, James, Sonnichsen, Charles Leland, Bold, Christine Twentieth Century Western Writers 1991 St. James Press Edition 2
Wormser, Richard & Skutch, Ira How to Become a Complete Non-Entity: A Memoir iUniverse 2006
- Richard Wormser at the Internet Movie Database
- Magazine stories http://www.philsp.com/homeville/FMI/s2396.htm#A92195