Peter Bernard Kyne

Peter Bernard Kyne

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 25 Nov 1957 (aged 77)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot G, 2216-B
Memorial ID 3598349 · View Source
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Author. Peter Bernard Kyne received notoriety as an American author, starting early in the 20th century with his 1913 novel, “Three Godfathers,” which was adapted into five different movies over a 32-year period. The novel's plot had Wild West outlaws finding a baby and putting the baby's welfare above their own needs while they were on the run from the law. The last film version of “Three Godfathers” was a making of John Ford's and was released in 1948 starring John Wayne. Two loosely television adaptions of his “Three Godfathers” were made: “Godchild” in 1974 and a “Walker, Texas Ranger” episode, “A Ranger Christmas,” in 1996; both produced without credit to him. Kyne authored 25 novels with half becoming best-sellers, published thousands of short stories mainly for magazines such as the “Saturday Evening Post,” and is credited for writing 110 films between 1914 and 1952 . He held a position with MGM Studios for a short time. Several of his earliest novels were used for screenplays without his consent or monetary compensation. He aut hored “Cappy Ricks,” which was a poorly received stage play first in 1919 before becoming a successful silent movie in 1921. “Cappy Ricks” followed with three sequels: “Cappy Ricks Retires” in 1922, “Cappy Ricks Comes Back” in 1934 and “The Cappy Ricks Special” in 1935. Born the son of Irish emigrants, his father became a California rancher. One source states Kyne's formal education consisted of the third grade, yet another states he attended business school for six months. He received an education through life experiences with his adventuress world traveling. Although under the age of eighteen with poor vision, he lied about his age and was accepted in the United States Army serving in the Philippines from 1898 to 1899; the Spanish-American War; and during World War I, he held the rank of captain in the Battery A of 144th Field Artillery, known as the California Grizzlies and making life-long army colleagues. Years later, his tour of the Philippines and other army experiences served as background for many of his novels including “The Go-Getter.” Before becoming an author, he was a gold miner, oil driller, rancher, and fortune seeker. His first writing position was a reporter for the “San Francisco Morning Call,” covering the shipping docks and from this experience he developed the character of the old sea dog in his “Cappy Ricks” series. On February 2, 1910 he married Helene Catherine Johnston, who must have encouraged him to write as he started publishing his writings about the same tim e. The couple adopted a son. His novels touched on conservation of natural resources, such as California's redwood forest in “Valley of the Giants” in 1919; cowboys with western plots; and even racial tensions. In his day, he was very wealthy but loss his wealth to poor investments such as hunting clubs and horse racing. His health started to decline in the 1930s, thus he was unable to travel to keep speaking engagements. His last novel, "Dude Woman", was published in 1940; he wrote two other novels that were never published. His professional papers and original manuscripts are archived at the University of Oregon.

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