John L. Balderston

John L. Balderston (1889-1954) was an American playwright and screenwriter best known for his horror and fantasy scripts. In 1927, after a career as a journalist during World War I, Balderston revised Hamilton Deane’s stage adaptation of Dracula for its U.S. production. The 1931 film version of Dracula launched his screenwriting career. In addition to Dracula, Balderston contributed to the screenplays for Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy and Dracula’s Daughter. He adapted many novels for the screen, including Gone with the Wind (1939); The Prisoner of Zenda (1937); and Gaslight (1944), which earned him his second Academy Award nomination (the first was for 1935’s The Lives of a Bengal Lancer). His 1929 play Berkeley Square was the basis for the musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

 

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