February 17, 1917|
Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||September 18, 1998
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Occupation||TV/film screenwriter and director|
|Alma mater||City College of New York|
Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, Locke was the son of a cantor. He grew up in New York City and was educated at City College of New York. In his early career, he mainly worked as a writer for radio and the theatre. He wrote scripts for the classic radio programs Grand Central Station and Inner Sanctum Mysteries. He wrote the musical books for six Broadway musicals: The Straw Hat Revue (1939), Tis of Thee (1940), Of V We Sing (1942), Let Freedom Sing (1942), Tidbits of 1946 (1946, which he also directed), and The Vamp (1955). He had only one play that reached Broadway, Fair Game (1957), which garnered mixed reviews and had a seven-month run at the Longacre Theatre. More successful was his play Women With Red Hair, which was performed off and on for more than 30 years in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Rome, and Madrid.
In 1951 Locke made his first foray into television with an adaptation of Preston Sturges' The Guinea Pig for the program Studio One in Hollywood. He did not work in television again until 1958 when he authored an episode of Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion. From there on out, his career was chiefly centered on work as a screenwriter for television. He wrote episodes for such TV series as Bachelor Father (1960), Peter Loves Mary (1961), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1964), The Donna Reed Show (1964–1965), The Patty Duke Show (1965–1966), McHale's Navy (1964–1966), Gilligan's Island (1964–1967), Tammy (1965–1966), The Lucy Show (1966), Green Acres (1967), The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1969), The Flying Nun (1969–1970), The Brady Bunch (1970–1974), All in the Family (1972–1973), Devlin (1974), and Chico and the Man (1978) among others. His last contribution as a television screenwriter was for a 1989 episode of DuckTales.
Locke also wrote the screenplays to a few films, including two 1965 surfer flicks: The Girls on the Beach and Beach Ball. His other film credits include the screenplays for Wild Wild Winter (1966) and Schloss in den Wolken (1968).
- "Sam Locke, Writer for Radio, TV and Theater, Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. September 29, 1998.
- Louis Calta (November 10, 1955). "The Vamp Begins Its Run Tonight". The New York Times.