John Willard (playwright)

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John Willard
BornNovember 28, 1885
San Francisco, California, US
DiedAugust 30, 1942(1942-08-30) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California, US

John Willard (November 28, 1885 – August 30, 1942) was an American playwright. His most famous work is The Cat and the Canary (1922), which was made into the influential silent film of the same name in 1927. Also, the work was filmed in 1930, in 1939 (starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard) and in 1979 (by Radley Metzger).[1] Willard also co-wrote The Blue Flame (1920) with George V. Hobart.

Willard was also a published novelist. Willard also appeared as one of the actors in the broadway production of The Cat and the Canary.[2]

During World War I he was in the United States Army Air Corps.


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