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The reason for Nichols' refusal was the fact that the Screen Writers Guild was on strike at the time.
Nichols wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for 72 movies, including such classics as Stagecoach (1939), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Scarlet Street (1945), And Then There Were None (1945) (a mystery film), Pinky (1949) and The Tin Star (1957).
Nichols' may be best known for his collaboration with Hagar Wilde on the screenplay for Bringing Up Baby (1938), often considered one of the funniest of the 1930s screwball comedies. The movie, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, was under-appreciated on first release but was later recognized as one of the fast-talking classics.
He worked on many films and for many years with director John Ford.
Nichols was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He studied at the University of Michigan where he was active member of the Sigma Chapter of Theta Xi fraternity. He died in Hollywood of cancer in 1960 and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
- Dudley Nichols at the Internet Movie Database
- Dudley Nichols at the Internet Broadway Database
- Dudley Nichols at Find a Grave
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