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Paul Edward Dehn
(November 5, 1912 - September 30, 1976) U.K.

Paul Dehn

Film critic, writer, poet, librettist, screenwriter


Born in Manchester, his parents were Helen and Frederick Dehn. He was James Agate's godson. He went to Shrewsbury School and Brasenose College, Oxford University.

From 1936 to 1939 he was a film critic and columnist for the Sunday Referee. During the Second World War he served as a major in the Special Forces from 1939 to 1945. From 1945 to 1953 he was a film critic for the Sunday Chronicle.

In 1949/50 he met the composer James Bernard with whom he started a professional relationship but who also became his life partner. Paul Dehn asked James Bernard to collaborate with him on the original screen story for the Boulting Brothers film Seven Days To Noon. For this Paul Dehn and Jame Bernard shared the 1952 Academy Award for the Best Writing, Motion Picture Story.

He was a film critic for the News Chronicle from 1954 to 1960, and for the Daily Herald from 1960 to 1963. He then concentrated on his writing for the film and theatre. In addition to the work listed below he wrote many songs and sketches for West End reviews. In 1957 he received the Cheltanham Festival Poetry Prize. His hobby was ornithology and for a while he was a councillor for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).


Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html


  • The Day's Alarm (1949)
  • Seven Days To Noon (1950)
  • Romantic Landscape (1952)
  • Waters of Time (1952)
  • Moulin Rouge (1952)
  • A Dinner Engagement (1954)
  • A Woman of No Importance (1954)
  • Talking of Shakespeare (1954)
  • On Such a Night: the Glyndebourne film (1955)
  • I Am A Camera (1955)
  • For Love and Money, a Miscellany (1956)
  • Orders to Kill (1958)
  • Cat's Cradle (1959)
  • A Place for Gold (1960)
  • Joie de Vivre (1960)
  • Quake, Quake, Quake: A Leaden Treasury of English Verse (1961)
  • Kittens on the Keys (1961)

  • Virtue in Danger (1963)
  • Cat's Whiskers (1963)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965)
  • The Fern on the Rock: Collected Poems 1935 - 1965 (1965)
  • he Night of the Generals (1967)
  • La bisbetica domata (The Taming of the Shrew, 1967)
  • Castaway (1967)
  • The Bear (1967)
  • The Deadly Affair (1967)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • A Fragment of Fear (1970)
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
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