What promised to be a lucrative and successful career as a film writer - graduating up from Charlie Chan movies in the late 1930s to such well respected war films as Guadalcanal Diary (1943), a successful adaptation of Forever Amber (1947) and the police procedural Call Northside 777 (1948) - came to an abrupt end when he died of a sleeping pill overdose onboard his yacht off Catalina Island in 1948. At the time of his death he was doing a treatment for a documentary on the Northwest Mounted Police. There was a Masonic funeral service for him.
A native of West Virginia, Cady started as a newspaper copy boy. He was later a reporter with the Los Angeles Record, before joining the continuity staff of KECA-KFI, Los Angeles in June 1932. He spent time in New York in the 1930s with Fletcher & Ellis Inc., as its director of radio, returning to Los Angeles in 1936. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1940, having previously been employed at RKO between radio jobs..
- Variety, Nov. 9, 1948, pg. 5.
- Variety, Nov. 10, 1948, pg. 11.
- Broadcasting magazine, June 15, 1932, pg. 22
- Broadcasting, Sept. 15, 1935, pg. 40
- Variety, Nov. 9, 1948.
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