Anthony Armstrong (writer)

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Anthony Armstrong
Born 1897 (1897)
Died 1972 (1973) (aged 75)
Occupation British-Canadian writer

George Anthony Armstrong Willis (1897–1972) was an Anglo-Canadian writer, dramatist and essayist. He was the son of George Hughlings Armstrong Willis, R. N. and Adela Emma Temple Frere; although his parents were both English, he was born in Esquimalt, British Columbia as a consequence of his father's career as a Paymaster Captain in the Royal Navy. They returned to England before his brother's birth in 1900 in Dorset. He was educated at Uppingham School.[1] His brother John Christopher Temple Willis (1900–1969) was Director-General of the Ordnance Survey 1953–1957, and a recognised watercolourist.[2]

He married Frances Monica Sealy, and had three children: John Humfrey Armstrong Willis (1928–2012); Antonia Armstrong Willis (born 1932); and Felicity Armstrong Willis (1936-2006).[3] Antonia married the art expert and gallery owner Jeremy Maas; their son, Rupert, is also an art expert, notable for his appearances on the Antiques Roadshow.

Armstrong contributed to the screenplay of Hitchcock's Young and Innocent (1937);[4] and several of his own works were adapted into films including The Strange Case of Mr Pelham, which was made into a first-season episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (and directed by Hitchcock), and the 1970 film The Man Who Haunted Himself.[5]

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  4. ^ Kabatchnik, A. (2010). Blood on the Stage, 1925-1950: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection : an Annotated Repertoire. Scarecrow Press. p. 342. ISBN 9780810869639. 
  5. ^ "Anthony Armstrong". Archived from the original on 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2014-10-01.