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James Bridie (3 January 1888 in Glasgow – 29 January 1951 in Edinburgh) was the pseudonym of a Scottish playwright, screenwriter and surgeon whose real name was Osborne Henry Mavor. He took his pen-name from his paternal grandfather's first name and his grandmother's maiden name.Mavor studied medicine at the University of Glasgow graduating in 1913, then served as a military doctor during World War I, seeing service in France and Mesopotamia. His comedic plays saw success in London, and he became a full-time writer in 1938. Despite this, he returned to the army during World War II, again serving as a doctor.He was the main founder of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, with his cousin, the author Guy McCrone and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Edinburgh Festival.Bridie worked with the director Alfred Hitchcock in the late 1940s. They worked together on: The Paradine Case (1947). Bridie originally wrote the screenplay, and Ben Hecht contributed some additional dialogue. But due to casting, the characters had to be changed. So David O. Selznick had to write another script. Under Capricorn (1949) Stage Fright (1950)In 1923, he married Rona Locke Bremner (1897–1985). Their son was killed in World War II. His other son Ronald (1925–2007) was also both a physician and playwright. Ronald became drama critic of The Scotsman after retiring from medicine, Director of the Scottish Arts Council and Deputy Chairman of the Edinburgh Festival. He was Professor of Drama and Head of the Drama Department at the University of Saskatchewan and was appointed C.B.E. in 1971.James Bridie died in Edinburgh of a stroke and is buried in Glasgow Western Necropolis. The Bridie Library at the Glasgow University Union is named after him, as is the annual Bridie Dinner that takes place in the Union each December. Wikipedia

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Anatomist by James Bridie1980TV Movie
Daphne Laureola1978TV Movie play
Jonah and the Whale1975TV Movie
ITV Play of the WeekTV Series story - 1 episode, 1973 play - 1 episode, 1957 play "The Anatomist" - 1 episode, 1956
Colonel Wotherspoon1967play
Daphne Laureola1965TV Movie play
Daphne Laureola1962TV Movie play
BBC Sunday-Night PlayTV Series 1 episode, 1962 play - 1 episode, 1960
There Was a Crooked Man1960play "The Odd Legend of Schultz"
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreTV Series play - 1 episode, 1959 play "Jonah and the Whale" - 1 episode, 1950
The Black Eye1958TV Movie play
Saturday Playhouse1958TV Series 1 episode
Mr. Gillie1957TV Movie
The Anatomist1956TV Movie play
Folly to Be Wise1953play "It Depends What You Mean" / screenplay
Black Eye1952TV Movie play
You're Only Young Twice1952play
Flesh & Blood1951play "A Sleeping Clergyman"
The Switchback1950TV Movie play
Mr. Gillie1950TV Movie play
Stage Fright1950additional dialogue - uncredited
Under Capricorn1949screenplay
The Anatomist1949TV Movie play
Dr. Angelus1948TV Movie play
The Paradine Case1947treatment in consultation with
Tobias and the Angel1947TV Movie play
Mr. Bolfry1946TV Movie play
It Depends What You Mean1946TV Movie play
The Anatomist1939TV Movie
The Switchback1939TV Movie
Tobias and the Angel1938TV Movie
The Tragic Muse1938TV Short by
Storm in a Teacup1937Anglo-Scottish version - Anglo-Scottish version

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1James Bridie wrote mainly comedies, but comedies that dealt with oftentimes fearsome themes. His play "The Sunlight Sonata", for example was subtitled The Seven deadly sins, and the plays that followed it focused on such harsh realities as death, damnation, disease, and drunkennessJames Bridie's famous biblical plays are Tobias and the angel, Susanna and the Elders, and Jonah and the Whale. James Bridie is also famous for his play "Dr. Angelus."James Bridie worked with famous Director Alfred Hitchcock in 3 films - The Paradine Case, Under Capricorn, and Stage Fright.
2One of the instigators of the Edinburgh Festival.
3Co-founder of the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre.


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