W.R. Burnett (William Riley Burnett)

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Springfield, Ohio, USA
One of the most influential writers in screen history, W. R. Burnett has contributed countless classic moments in cinema.

Born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1899. By the time he left in 1927, he'd written over a hundred short stories and five novels, all unpublished. At 28, he left a civil service job he'd held for years and moved to Chicago where he found a job as a night-clerk in a seedy hotel. He found himself associating with a cornucopia of characters straight from the mean streets of Chicago -- prize-fighters, hoodlums, hustlers, and hobos. Read more...