Edgar Wallace

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Edgar Wallace c. 1898–1902

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 187510 February 1932) was a British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals. Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than for any other author. He is credited for the original story used as the basis for the screenplay of King Kong (1933).


  • Her uncle drove a taxi which he had purchased on the 'never never' system. You pay $80 down and more than you can afford for the rest of your life.
    • Novel More Educated Evans (1926) [1]
  • The day Mr. Reeder arrived at the Public Prosecutors' Office was indeed a day of fate for Mr. Lambton Green, Branch manager of the London Scottish and Midland Bank.
    • The Mind of Mr J. G. Reeder (2000), opening words
  • What is a highbrow? He is a man who has found something more interesting than women.
    • New York Times, 24 January 1932, sec.8, p. 6
  • Dreamin' of thee! Dreamin' of thee!
    • "T. A. in Love", Writ in Barracks (1930)
  • Twas Beauty that killed the beast!

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  • At a later meeting, I got to chat up Edgar Wallace. He was very pudgy and very British. Always eating sweets. Very rotund. Sweated profusely in the California warmth. At first, he seemed to think my name was Kay Fay! Which gave us all a laugh. And then, ten days later, he caught pneumonia from all that sweating and was soon dead. Merian ditched most of his script and went with a new one by James Creelman and Ruth Schoedsak.
    • Fay Wray, circa 1970s; as quoted in Clasic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood's Golden Era (2016) by James Bawdren and Ron Miller, p. 265
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