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Bryan Edgar Wallace

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Bryan Edgar Wallace
Born28 April 1904
Died1971 (aged 67)

Bryan Edgar Wallace (1904–1971) was a British writer. The son of the writer Edgar Wallace, Bryan was also a writer of crime and mystery novels which were very similar in style to those of his father. He was named after the American politician William Jennings Bryan who his father encountered during a trip to North America.[1]

Some of his better known novels are Death Packs a Suitcase, The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle, Murder is Not Enough, The Device, The Man Who Would Not Swim, Murder in Touraine, The White Carpet, The Phantom of Soho and The World is at Stake, among others. During the 1930s, he worked as a screenwriter in the British film industry, mostly co-writing film scripts with other writers (approximately from 1930 to 1939).

From 1961 through 1971, several of his works were made into films during the 1960s boom in German film adaptations of his father's novels. Sometimes Bryan's films are mistaken for Edgar Wallace adaptations, since they are so similar in plot and style.[2] In 1963, he appeared in a 50-minute German documentary about his father called The Edgar Wallace Story.

He died in 1971, at age 67.[3]

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Bryan Edgar Wallace's filmography


  • The Squeaker (1930) Bryan only worked on the editing with this film based on his father's novel
  • Bachelor's Folly (1931) Bryan only worked on the editing with this film
  • The Frightened Lady (1932) released in U.S. as Criminal At Large; Bryan wrote the screenplay based on his father's novel
  • The Flying Squad (1932) Bryan wrote the screenplay based on his father's novel
  • White Face, the Fiend (1932) Bryan wrote the screenplay based on his father's play
  • My Old Dutch (1934) Bryan co-wrote the screenplay based on the Arthur Shirley play
  • The Clairvoyant (1935) released in U.S. as The Evil Mind; Bryan co-wrote the screenplay based on Ernst Lothar's novel The Clairvoyant
  • Strangers on a Honeymoon (1936) Bryan co-wrote this screenplay based on his father's novel
  • The Squeaker (1937) released in U.S. as Murder on Diamond Row; Bryan co-wrote the screenplay based on his father's novel
  • You're in the Army Now (1937) Bryan co-wrote this screenplay with three other writers
  • Inspector Hornleigh (1939) Bryan co-wrote this screenplay with two other writers, based on a BBC radio series
  • The Mysterious Mr. Reeder (1939) Bryan co-wrote this screenplay based on his father's novel, The Mind of Mr. Reeder



  1. ^ Clark p. 87
  2. ^ Bergfelder p.152
  3. ^ "Authors : Wallace, Bryan Edgar : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". Retrieved 19 October 2019.


  • Bergfelder, Tim. International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-Productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books, 2005.
  • Clark, Neil. Stranger than Fiction: The Life of Edgar Wallace, the Man Who Created King Kong. Stroud, UK: The History Press, 2015.

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