DeWitt Bodeen

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DeWitt Bodeen
BornHomer DeWitt Bodeen
July 25, 1908
Fresno, California, United States
DiedMarch 12, 1988(1988-03-12) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, television writer

DeWitt Bodeen (July 25, 1908, Fresno, California — March 12, 1988, Los Angeles, California) was a film screenwriter and television writer best known for writing Cat People (1942).[1][2][3]


Born Homer DeWitt Bodeen, he began his career as an actor and playwright before entering the film business.

In the late 1930s, he began working for RKO and worked his way up to a script writer. Other films include The Curse of the Cat People (1944),[1] The Seventh Victim (1943), The Enchanted Cottage (1945),[4] I Remember Mama (1948),[5] and Billy Budd (1962).[6]

Beginning in the 1950s he moved to television, writing mainly for anthology shows including Robert Montgomery Presents, Climax!, and Schlitz Playhouse of Stars amongst others.

He also wrote articles for the journal Films in Review.


  1. ^ a b "'Cat People,' 'Billy Budd' : DeWitt Bodeen, 79; Screenwriter and Author". Los Angeles Times. March 18, 1988.
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ The New York Times
  5. ^ The New York Times
  6. ^ The New York Times

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