Dan England and the Noonday Devil

Dan England and the Noonday Devil

by Myles Connolly

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A joyous gent who sings of the glory of the true realities of life, Dan England chose “talking” as his vocation in life. This he did, joyously and beautifully. He talked to the poets without dreams, actors who couldn’t act, and writers who couldn’t write who came to his house for an evening to listen and stayed on for months…years.

Not a few found new hope as they heard him capture the poetry of living in his talk of saints, and in stories about his greatness of God’s gifts (among which was the wine that gave added sparkle to his words). There was Briggs, the religion editor without religion to become a fearless “defender of the faith” under Dan’s influence. And Tim, the janitor who “exposed” the corruption of the Match Industry when in an idle hour’s count of a box of matches he found “four” missing. For the glorious length of a Dan England discourse the retiring little janitor became a tiger for reform.

This is the latest troubadour of life-beautiful to come from the pen of the author of the classic Mr. Blue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789122244
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 09/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 122
Sales rank: 693,328
File size: 910 KB

About the Author

Myles Connolly (October 7, 1897 - July 15, 1964) was an American author and Hollywood screenwriter/producer.

Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Connolly was educated at Boston Latin School and graduated from Boston College in 1918. After serving one year in the U.S. Navy during WWI, he worked as a newspaper reporter with The Boston Post and was a frequent contributor of verse and short stories to national magazines. In 1928 he served on the first board of directors of the Catholic Book Club. Both he and his wife, Agnes (née Bevington), were devout Roman Catholics, each with a sister who was a nun. Their daughter, Mary, also became a nun.

In 1929 Connolly left Boston to work at the Hollywood movie studio Film Booking Office (FBO), financed by his fellow Bostonian Joseph P. Kennedy. He produced his first film, the Frank Craven and Richard Rosson comedy film The Very Idea, in 1929. When FBO became RKO studios in 1930, he served as associate producer for the studio’s earliest Wheeler & Woolsey vehicles. In 1933, he began working as a screenwriter-producer of dramatic films such as The Right to Romance, and went on to help write and produce over 40 films, including the Tarzan pictures of the 1940s.

Connolly was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Music for Millions (1944), and in 1951 he shared the nomination for a Hugo award (Best Dramatic Presentation) for the screenplay of Harvey. In 1952, he was nominated for the Best Written American Musical award by the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) for Here Comes the Groom. His last screenwriting credit was MGM’s musical biography of Hans Christian Andersen with Danny Kaye (1952).

Connolly also wrote and published several Roman Catholic parable novels, including Mr. Blue (originally published in 1928). Other novels, including The Bump on Brannigan’s Head (1950) and Dan England and the Noonday Devil (1951), followed.

He died in Santa Monica, California in 1964, aged 66.

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