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Robert Leslie Bellem (July 19, 1902 - April 1, 1968) was a prolific American pulp magazine writer, best known for his creation of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective. Before becoming a writer he worked in Los Angeles as a newspaper reporter, radio announcer and film extra. After the demise of the pulps, Bellem switched to writing for television, including a number of scripts for The Lone Ranger, Adventures of Superman (1950s version), the original Perry Mason show, 77 Sunset Strip, and other shows.Bellem wrote in a variety of genres for many pulp magazines, particularly those owned by Culture Publications such as Spicy Detective, Spicy Adventure, Spicy Western and Spicy Mystery (one of the weird menace pulps). The word "spicy" in the titles of these magazines was meant to indicate sexual content, although this was very tame compared with current standards.Bellem's most famous creation was the hardboiled detective Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective, whose stories were written in the first person in a racy, slangy style that made them extremely popular. Set against the background of the Hollywood film industry (of which Bellem had personal knowledge), the Dan Turner stories appeared first in the pages of Spicy Detective (subsequently retitled Speed Detective) and later in his "own" magazine, Hollywood Detective, which ran from January 1942 to October 1950.Bellem also created other characters, such as Nick Ransom who appeared a few times in Thrilling Detective, but none proved as successful as Dan Turner. It is claimed that Bellem produced some 3000 short stories in a pulp magazine career lasting less than 30 years. He also wrote at least two novels, of which the best known is Blue Murder (Phoenix Press, 1938).S.J. Perelman's essay "Somewhere a Roscoe..." contains excerpts from several of the Dan Turner stories, with Perelman's satiric comments. Wikipedia

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Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective1990Video creator Dan Turner character
Superman1973writer
Iron Horse1967TV Series writer - 1 episode
The F.B.I.TV Series teleplay - 5 episodes, 1965 - 1967 story - 2 episodes, 1966 - 1967 written by - 1 episode, 1966
Death Valley DaysTV Series written by - 3 episodes, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV Series story - 1 episode
Perry Mason1961-1964TV Series written by - 5 episodes
77 Sunset StripTV Series 2 episodes, 1963 - 1964 teleplay - 2 episodes, 1963
Temple Houston1963TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Third Man1963TV Series writer - 1 episode
Assignment: Underwater1961TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Case of the Dangerous Robin1961TV Series writer - 1 episode
The TexanTV Series 1 episode, 1960 writer - 1 episode, 1960
Wanted: Dead or Alive1959TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Man Without a GunTV Series 1 episode, 1957 written by - 4 episodes, 1958 - 1959 story - 4 episodes, 1958 - 1959 writer - 2 episodes, 1959
Behind Closed Doors1959TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Millionaire1957-1959TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Mackenzie's RaidersTV Series written by - 2 episodes, 1958 - 1959 writer - 1 episode, 1959
The Restless Gun1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
Broken ArrowTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1958 teleplay - 3 episodes, 1957
Adventures of SupermanTV Series writer - 7 episodes, 1956 - 1958 written by - 1 episode, 1958
The New Adventures of Charlie ChanTV Series teleplay - 1 episode, 1957 writer - 1 episode, 1957
The Web1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Lone Ranger1956-1957TV Series screenplay - 6 episodes
General Electric Summer Originals1956TV Series writer - 1 episode
Captain MidnightTV Series written by - 1 episode, 1956 writer - 1 episode, 1955
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1954TV Series writer - 1 episode
Schlitz PlayhouseTV Series teleplay - 3 episodes, 1953 - 1954 writer - 1 episode, 1953 original story - 1 episode, 1953 original story and teleplay - 1 episode, 1953
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok1953TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Chevron Theatre1953TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Boston BlackieTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1953 original screenplay - 1 episode, 1953
Dick TracyTV Series written by - 9 episodes, 1951 additional dialogue - 8 episodes, 1950 - 1952 story suggested by - 4 episodes writer - 2 episodes, 1950
Front Page DetectiveTV Series written by - 2 episodes, 1951 teleplay - 1 episode, 1951
Blackmail1947original story

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Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The F.B.I.1965-1966TV Series story consultant - 25 episodes
Man Without a Gun1959TV Series story supervisor - 3 episodes
Dick Tracy1950TV Series story editor - 1 episode

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1Former journalist, movie bit player and author of detective pulp fiction, specifically as creator of Hollywood detective Dan Turner.


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