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James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant

American film writer and director
The basics
Occupations Film director Screenwriter
Countries United States of America
Gender male
Birth July 2, 1905 (Illinois)
Death February 19, 1966 (Burbank)
Authority IMDB id ISNI id Library of congress id VIAF id
The details

James Edward Grant (July 2, 1905 – February 19, 1966) was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971. He collaborated with John Wayne on twelve projects, starting with Angel and the Badman (which he also directed) in 1947 through Circus World in 1964. Support Your Local Gunfighter was released in 1971, five years after his death.


Born in Chicago, Grant was originally a journalist in his home town. He wrote a novel Whipsaw which became a best seller in 1935; it was turned into a movie with Myrna Loy and launched his screenwriting career.

Grant wrote numerous short stories that were published in Argosy, The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Liberty, among others.

He also wrote a play Plan M.

Grant died from cancer in Burbank, California.

He owned a cattle ranch in Winton in Merced County from the 1940s until his death.


Grant won the Bronze Wrangler, an annual award presented by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, twice, for The Alamo in 1961 and The Comancheros the following year. He and William Bowers were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Sheepman in 1959.

Additional filmography

  • Big Brown Eyes (1936)
  • Great Guy (1936)
  • Danger - Love at Work (1937)
  • Josette (1938)
  • Miracles for Sale (1939)
  • Boom Town (1940)
  • Music in My Heart (1940)
  • Johnny Eager (1942)
  • Incendiary Blonde (1945)
  • Angel and the Badman (wrote + Directed) (1947)
  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
  • California Passage (1950)
  • Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
  • Flying Leathernecks (1951)
  • Big Jim McLain (1952)
  • Hondo (1953)
  • Trouble Along the Way (uncredited) (1953)
  • Ring of Fear (original screenplay + Director) (1954)
  • The Last Wagon (1956)
  • Goodbye, My Lady (1956)
  • Three Violent People (1956)
  • The Proud Rebel (1958)
  • The Barbarian and the Geisha (uncredited) (1958)
  • The Alamo (1960)
  • The Comancheros (1961)
  • Donovan's Reef (1963)
  • McLintock! (1963)
  • Circus World (1964)
  • Hondo and the Apaches (TV Movie) (earlier screenplay) (1967)
  • Hondo - 17 episodes (1967)
  • Support Your Local Gunfighter (original story) (1971)
  • Angel and the Badman (TV Movie) (story) (Based after the 1947 film) (2009)

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