Whit Masterson

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Whit Masterson was a pen name for a partnership of two American authors, Robert Allison “Bob” Wade (June 8, 1920 – September 30, 2012) and H. Bill Miller (May 11, 1920 – August 21, 1961). The two also wrote under several other pseudonyms, including Wade Miller and Will Daemer.

Together they wrote more than thirty novels, of which several were adapted for film. Most famously, their novel Badge of Evil was adapted into the Orson Welles film Touch of Evil.

Wade and Miller met at violin lessons when they were both 12. From an interview with Wade: "The Wade Miller collaboration worked successfully largely because it began so early. We teamed up at the age of 12." They went on to attend college together at San Diego State, leaving in their senior year of college to enlist in the US Air Force. [1] (source for above 2 paragraphs, also, same information is found in a Mystery*File article by Ed Lynskey).

Anthony Boucher reviewed their first novel, Deadly Weapon, in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1946. He described their writing as having "machinegun tempo, tight writing, unexaggerated hardness" and said it was a "highly satisfactory debut of new publishers and new writing team." (from the San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 1946) A more recent reading by Richard Moore found that "modern readers would need to overcome instinctive reactions to racial and other slurs" but that "This was a stunning debut novel. It would be a shame if the language of the times kept it from revival." (from Mystery*File magazine #42 April 2004, published by Steve Lewis in CT, also see www.mysteryfile.com link below in Sources)

After Miller's death from a heart attack on August 21, 1961, Wade went on to a solo career as a movie and television scriptwriter. In 1988, Wade was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Private Eye Writers of America. (sources same as above, Mystery*File and the articles by Ed Lynskey, who also interviewed Wade along with Bill Pronzini) Wade also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Public Library in 1998 [2] and the Ellen Nehr award from the American Crime Writers League in 2004, for his work reviewing crime fiction for the San Diego Union-Tribune. [3] Robert Wade died, 92 years old, on Sept 30, 2012. [4]


As "Wade Miller," unless otherwise noted

   P.I. Walter James
       Deadly Weapon (1946)
   P.I. Max Thursday
       Guilty Bystander (1947)
       Fatal Step (1948)
       Uneasy Street (1948)
       Calamity Fair (1950)
       Murder Charge (1950)
       Shoot To Kill (1951)
       Pop Goes The Queen (1947; aka "As Murder-Queen High")
       Devil On Two Sticks (1949; aka "Killer's Choice,")
       Devil May Care (1950)
       Stolen Woman (1950)
       The Killer (1951)
       The Tiger's Wife (1951)
       Memo For Murder (1951; by Dale Wilmer)
       The Case of the Lonely Lovers (1951; by Will Daemer)
       Branded Woman (1952)
       South Of The Sun (1953)
       The Big Guy (1953)
       Dead Fall (1954; by Dale Wilmer)
       Jungle Heat (1954; by Dale Wilmer)
       All Through The Night (1955, aka "A Cry In The Night:" by Whit Masterson)
       Dead, She Was Beautiful (1955; Mort Hagen; by Whit Masterson)
       Mad Baxter (1955)
       Kiss Her Goodbye (1956)
       Badge Of Evil (1956, aka "Touch Of Evil;" by Whit Masterson)
       Murder Bait (1956; aka "The Case of the Lonely Lovers;" by Will Daemer)
       A Shadow in the Wild (1957; by Whit Masterson)
       Kitten With A Whip (1959)
       The Dark Fantastic (1959; by Whit Masterson)
       Sinner Take All (1960)
       A Hammer In His Hand (1960; by Whit Masterson)
       Nightmare Cruise (1961; aka "The Sargasso People")
       Evil Come, Evil Go (1961; by Whit Masterson)

As "Whit Masterson" (Robert Wade only)

   The Girl From Midnight (1962)
   Murder Bait (1956; aka "The Case of the Lonely Lovers;" by Will Daemer)
   The Man on a Nylon String (n.) Dodd 1963; by Whit Masterson)
   711-Officer Needs Help (1965; aka "Warning Shot" "Killer With a Badge;" by Whit Masterson)
   Play Like You're Dead (1967; by Whit Masterson)
   The Last One Kills (1969; by Whit Masterson)
   The Death of Me Yet (1970; by Whit Masterson)
   The Gravy Train (1971; aka "The Great Train Hijack;" by Whit Masterson)
   Why She Cries, I Do Not Know (1972; by Whit Masterson)
   The Undertaker Wind (1973; by Whit Masterson)
   The Man with Two Clocks (1974; by Whit Masterson)
   Hunter of the Blood 1977; by Whit Masterson)
   The Slow Gallows (1979; by Whit Masterson)


As "Wade Miller," unless otherwise noted

   "The Author Confesses" (September 1946, Mammoth Detective)
   "This Deadly Weapon" (September 1946, Mammoth Detective)
   "Devil on Two Sticks" (November 1949, Famous Detective)
   "Murder Has Girl Trouble" (Spring 1950, Mystery Book Magazine; Max Thursday)
   "The Corpse Walked Away" (January 1951, Two Complete Detective Books; Max Thursday)
   "Invitation to an Accident" (July 1955, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)
   "A Bad Time of Day" (September 1956, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)
   "Midnight Caller" (January 1958, Manhunt)
   "Suddenly It's Midnight" (January 1958, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine;" by Whit Masterson).
   "The Women in His Life" (June 1958, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine" by Whit Masterson)
   "The Memorial Hour" (March 1960, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)
   "We Were Picked as the Odd Ones" (July 1960, The Saint Mystery Magazine)
   "Seek Him in Shadows" (April 1966, Argosy; aka "What Happened to Timothy Owen?;" by Whit Masterson)


   (1950, Film Classics)
   Screenplay by Don Ettlinger
   Based on the novel by Wade Miller
   Directed by Joseph Lerner
   Produced by Rex Carlton
   Starring Zachary Scott as Max Thursday
   Also starring Faye Emerson, Mary Boland, Sam Levene, J. Edward Bromberg, Kay Medford
   (1956 Warner Brothers)
   Based on the novel All Through the Night by Whit Masterson
   Written by David Dortort
   Directed by Frank Tuttle
   Starring Natalie Wood, Raymond Burr, Edmond O'Brien, Brian Donlevy
   (1958, Universal)
   Based on the novel Badge Of Evil by Whit Masterson
   Written by Orson Welles, Franklin Coen, Paul Monash
   Directed by Orson Welles
   Starring Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich
   Based on the novel by Wade Miller
   Screenplay by Alan Marcus, Bill Miller
   Directed by Albert Lipton
   Starring Elaine Stritch, Steven Hill, Gene Lyons, Andrew Prine, Sharon Farrell
   Based on the novel Evil Come, Evil Go by Whit Masterson
   Screenplay by Rod Serling
   Directed by Buzz Kulik
   Starring Pat Boone, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest
   Based on the novel by Wade Miller
   Screenwriter & director: Douglas Heyes
   Starring Ann-Margret and John Forsythe.


   (1955–65, NBC)
       "Invitation to an Accident" (June 21, 1959)
       Based on the story by Wade Miller
       Teleplay by Robert C. Dennis
       Directed by Don Taylor
       Starring Gary Merril, Joanna Moore
   Based on the novel 711—Officer Needs Help by Whit Masterson
   Screenplay by Mann Rubin
   Directed by Buzz Kulik
   Starring David Jannsen, Edc Begley, Keenan Wynn, Stefanie Powers, Steve Allen, Joan Collins
   Created by Roy Huggins
   Starring Burl Ives, Joseph Campanella, James Farentino
       "A Game of Chance" (September 21, 1969)
       Based on the novel by Whit Masterson
       Teleplay by Roy Huggins
   (1969 TV movie)
   Based on the novel by Whit Masterson
   Teleplay by A.J. Russell
   Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
   Starring Doug McClure, Darren McGavin, Rosemary Forsyth



External links[edit]

At the above link, you will find an illustration of the cover of Branded Woman by Wade Miller, along with the option to read a sample chapter, and some description and blurbs.