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 Basil Dickey

Basil Dickey

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 17 Jun 1958 (aged 77)
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Abbey of the Psalms Foyer, behind glass
Memorial ID 8425 · View Source
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Screenwriter. Considered Hollywood's foremost writer of action serials, he helped bring many popular comic strip and pulp heroes to the screen. Dickey first gained experience with chapterplays collaborating on the early Pearl White classics "The Perils of Pauline" (1914) and "The Exploits of Elaine" (1914), and made the genre his specialty for the next three decades. Although his plots were rudimentary and by necessity he worked with others, Dickey's scripts were distinctive in that he tried to remain faithful to the spirit of the original source material. His 57 serials include "Beatrice of Fairfax" (1916), "Tarzan the Fearless" (1933), "Flash Gordon" (1936), "Mandrake the Magician" (1939), "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" (1940), "The Green Hornet" (1940), "Junior G-Men" (1940), "Holt of the Secret Service" (1942), "Captain Midnight" (1942), "The Masked Marvel" (1943), "Captain America" (1944), and "Federal Agents vs. the Underworld" (1949). Dickey was born in Chicago. He entered films with Universal in 1914 and reamined with that studio for 25 years. He later worked at Columbia and Republic. Throughout his career he also wrote scores of westerns, mysteries, and action flicks, some 150 films in all. During his lifetime Dickey was shrugged off as a prolific hack, but his status improved after his old serials began appearing on television in the 1950s. Today he is regarded as one of the giants of B pictures.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 10 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8425
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Basil Dickey (23 Nov 1880–17 Jun 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8425, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .