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Edgar Wallace

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British multi-genre writer who’s most well-known for Ruler Kong as well as the J. G. Reeder detective series. He published 175 books and 24 takes on, in addition to several screenplays, nonfiction functions, and poetry and brief story selections. He worked like a battle correspondent before learning to be a criminal offense writer. He released his first function, a assortment of ballads, in 1898. His function inspired movie director Alfred Hitchcock. He was created in Britain to impoverished acting professional parents and was used at age three by Clara and George Freeman. Wallace later on had several kids with his 1st wife, Ivy Maude Caldecott. Pursuing his 1918 divorce, he was remarried to writer Margaret Street. He fulfilled and became close friends with writer and poet Rudyard Kipling.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edgar Wallace
Date Of Birth April 1, 1875
Died February 10, 1932, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth England
Profession Novelist
Nationality English, British
Spouse Ethel Violet King, Ivy Maude Caldecott
Children Bryan Edgar Wallace, Penelope Wallace, Michael Blair Wallace, Eleanor Clare Hellier Wallace, Patricia Marion Caldecott Wallace
Parents Richard Horatio Edgar, George Freeman, Clara Freeman, Mary Jane Richards
Siblings Marriott Edgar, Josephine Catherine Richards
Movies Der Frosch mit der Maske, Der Hexer, The Dead Eyes of London, The Avenger, The Green Archer, The Terrible People, Der rote Kreis, The Forger of London, Im Banne des Unheimlichen, Creature with the Blue Hand, The Door with Seven Locks, The Strange Countess, The Trygon Factor, The Inn on the River, What Have You Done to Solange?, The Indian Scarf, Traitor's Gate, The Curse of the Hidden Vault, The Puzzle of the Red Orchid, King Kong, Mystery Liner, The Squeaker, The Hunchback of Soho, Chamber of Horrors, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, Der unheimliche Mönch, Double Face, The Trixxer, Circus of Fear, The Case of the Frightened Lady, Sanders of the River, The Devil Came from Akasava, The Sinister Man, Death Drums Along the River, The Terror, We Shall See, Neues vom Hexer, The Gaunt Stranger, The Menace, The Yellow Mask, The Calendar, The Dark Eyes of London, The Frog, The Frightened Lady, Incident at Midnight, Never Back Losers, White Face, The Mind of Mr. Reeder, The Flying Squad, The Missing Million, The Man Who Bought London
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#Fact
1The only contribution of Wallace's that would survive into the finished "King Kong" was idea to give Kong human characteristics.
2In 1927 Wallace was elected chairman of the board for British Lio Films for 10000 pounds worth of stock, 1000 for each one of is works filmed by the company, 10% of the company's annual profits, and an annual salary of 500 pounds. The deal was not particularly lucrative for the writer although he acted and directed in many of them.
3After suffering business losses with his experience with British Lion Films, Wallace ran for a seat in Parliament on the Liberal Party ticket for Blackpool but was defeated.
4Wallace's outlook was prolific. During he 1920s alone he wrote 170 novels, 170 plays and hundreds of short stories, a prodigious output. Excluding the Bible and textbooks a fourth of all the books manufactured in the U.K were written by the author.
5Although his estate consisted mostly of debts, the ongoing popularity of his works through continuing royalties soon put it in the black within two years of his death.
6Wallave was an inveterate gambler.
7Father of Eleanor Clare Hellier Wallace, Bryan Edgar Wallace, Patricia Marion Caldecott Wallace, Michael Blair Wallace and Penelope Wallace, grandfather of Penelope Wyrd, half-brother of Marriott Edgar, uncle of Hindle Edgar.
8In the movie Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004) his opinion about the disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926 is mentioned.
9He died while in Hollywood working on a film project that would become King Kong (1933). The author had only been in the country for three months before succumbing to double pneumonia in February 1932.
10Almost thirty years after his death, there was a sudden explosion of popularity for his works due to British, and especially German, feature films based on his stories. The were also numerous television adaptations produced in the UK.
11In his heyday, he was one of the most popular writers in the UK, second only to Charles Dickens.
12Was an early mentor of director Carol Reed.
13Father of Bryan Edgar Wallace, who followed in his father's footsteps as a writer of thrillers, some of which were filmed.
14For a 20th-century author he has had the greatest number of novels made into movies.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mystery Liner1934novel "The Ghost of John Holling"
The Man Who Changed His Name1934dialogue / play
Der Doppelgänger1934novel "Der Doppelgänger"
Quelqu'un a tué...1933novel "The Case of the Frightened Lady"
The Jewel1933novel "The Strange Countess"
Before Dawn1933from the story by
King Kong1933from an idea conceived by / story - uncredited
Le jugement de minuit1933novel "The Gaunt Stranger"
Der Hexer1932novel "The Gaunt Stranger and play "The Ringer""
The Flying Squad1932novel
Edgar Wallace's White Face the Fiend1932play "Persons Unknown"
Criminal at Large1932play "The Case of the Frightened Lady"
The Menace1932story "The Feathered Serpent"
The Old Man1931play / screenplay
The Hound of the Baskervilles1931
Bachelor's Folly1931play
Der Zinker1931novel "Der Zinker"
The Gaunt Stranger1931novel "The Gaunt Stranger"
To Oblige a Lady1931play
Red Aces1930play / screenplay
Should a Doctor Tell?1930screenplay
The Yellow Mask1930play "The Traitor's Gate"
The Squeaker1930play The Squeaker / screenplay
Prince Gabby1929Short based on a story by
The Wrecker1929novel motifs - uncredited
Der rote Kreis1929novel "The Crimson Circle"
The Clue of the New Pin1929novel
The Flying Squad1929novel
The Man Who Changed His Name1928play
The Forger1928novel / scenario
Valley of the Ghosts1928novel / screenplay
The Terror1928play
The Ringer1928play
The Terrible People1928story
Mark of the Frog1928writer
Der große Unbekannte1927novel "Der Unheimliche"
The Brotherhood1926Short story "Educated Evans"
The Green Archer1925book
A Dear Liar1925Short story
The Flying Fifty-Five1924novel
The Diamond Man1924novel
Fighting Snub Reilly1924Short story
Down Under Donovan1922novel
The Crimson Circle1922novel
Melody of Death1922novel
The River of Stars1921novel
The Four Just Men1921
Wanted at Headquarters1920story
Angel Esquire1919novel
The Green Terror1919novel "The Green Rust"
Pallard the Punter1919novel "Grey Timothy"
The Man Who Bought London1916novel
Nurse and Martyr1915
Kong: Skull Island2017original story completed
Le mystère des jonquilles2014novel "The Daffodil Mystery"
Neues vom Wixxer2007characters
King Kong2005based on a story by
Kong: King of Atlantis2005Video character idea - uncredited
Der Wixxer2004characters
Edgar Wallace - Whiteface2002TV Movie
Edgar Wallace - Das Haus der toten Augen2002TV Movie
Edgar Wallace - Das Schloss des Grauens2002TV Movie
Kong2000character idea
Kong: The Animated Series2000TV Series main characters - 2000
Theater: Der Hexer1999TV Movie novel and play
The Mighty Kong1998Video screen story "King Kong" - uncredited
Der Blinde1996TV Movie novel
Das Karussell des Todes1996TV Movie novel
Die Katze von Kensington1996TV Movie story
The Mixer1992TV Series novel - 12 episodes
La revanche des mortes vivantes1987story - Italian version
King Kong Lives1986based on the character created by
Das Geheimnis von Lismore Castle1986TV Movie novel "The Man Who Changed His Name"
Die Schokoladenschnüffler1986story
Rùzový Hubert1985TV Movie novel "The Black Abbot"
Viaje a Bangkok, ataúd incluido1985novel
The Case of the Frightened Lady1983TV Movie play and novel "The Case of the Frightened Lady"
Sangre en mis zapatos1983writer
Voces de muerte1983play
Il Camaleonte1979TV Movie novel "The Gaunt Stranger" and play "The Ringer"
The Feathered Serpent1976-1978TV Series novel - 12 episodes
King Kong1976from an idea conceived by
La noche de los asesinos1974uncredited
What Have You Done to Solange?1972novel "The Clue of the New Pin": in italian version - uncredited in italian version, uncredited
Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso1972story: in italian version - uncredited in italian version, uncredited
Il laccio rosso1971TV Movie novel
Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate1971uncredited
The Mind of Mr. J.G. ReederTV Series short stories - 12 episodes, 1969 - 1971 original story - 2 episodes, 1969
Die Tote aus der Themse1971novel "The Angel of Terror"
Der Teufel kam aus Akasava1971story "The Akasava"
A doppia faccia1969novel "The Face in the Night"
Der Mann mit dem Glasauge1969story
Gorilla Gang1968novel "The Dark Eyes of London"
The Zombie Walks1968writer
L'oro di Londra1968story
Der Hund von Blackwood Castle1968story
The College Girl Murders1967novel "The Terror"
Five Golden Dragons1967story "Sanders": in German version - uncredited in German version, uncredited
Creature with the Blue Hand1967novel "The Blue Hand"
The Trygon Factor1966novel "Kate Plus Ten"
Der Bucklige von Soho1966story
Psycho-Circus1966novel "The Three Just Man" - uncredited
The Sinister Monk1965novel "The Terror"
Again the Ringer1965novel "Again the Ringer"
Coast of Skeletons1965inspired by the story "Sanders of the River" by
Das Verrätertor1964novel "The Traitor's Gate"
The Edgar Wallace Mystery TheatreTV Series novel - 24 episodes, 1960 - 1964 story - 4 episodes, 1961 - 1964 novel "The Big Four" - 1 episode, 1964 novel "Thief In The Night" - 1 episode, 1963 novel "Jack O'Judgement" - 1 episode, 1963 novel "A Million Dollar Story" - 1 episode, 1963 novel "The Breaking Point" - 1 episode, 1963 novel "Elegant Edward" - 1 episode, 1963 novel "Angel of Terror" - 1 episode, 1963 novel "The Gunner" - 1 episode, 1962 novel "The Man Who Bought London" - 1 episode, 1962 story "The Best Laid Plans of a
The Mysterious Magician1964novel "The Gaunt Strager" - uncredited / novel "The Ringer" / play "The Ringer" - uncredited
Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß1964novel "Angel Esquire"
Room 131964novel "Room 13"
Downfall1964novel
The Main Chance1964novel
We Shall See1964novel
Sanders1963suggested by famous story of African adventure "Sanders of the River"
The Indian Scarf1963novel "The Case of the Frightened Lady"
The Black Abbot1963novel "The Black Abbot"
Der Hexer1963TV Movie play "The Ringer"
Der Zinker1963novel "The Squeaker"
Der Fluch der gelben Schlange1963novel "The Yellow Snake"
Accidental Death1963novel
Five to One1963novel
Incident at Midnight1963novel
On the Run1963novel
Return to Sender1963novel
Ricochet1963novel
The Partner1963novel
The Rivals1963novel
The Set Up1963novel
To Have and to Hold1963novel - uncredited
The Inn on the River1962novel "The India-Rubber Men"
Der Hexer1962TV Movie novel "The Gaunt Stranger" and play "The Ringer"
Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern1962novel "The Door with Seven Locks"
Candidate for Murder1962novel
Secret of the Red Orchid1962novel "When the Gangs Came to London"
Backfire1962novel
Death Trap1962novel
Flat Two1962novel
Locker 691962novel
Playback1962novel
Solo for Sparrow1962novel
The Share Out1962novel
Time to Remember1962novel
Never Back Losers1961novel
The Sinister Man1961novel
Noita1961TV Mini-Series play "The Ringer" - 3 episodes
Die seltsame Gräfin1961novel "The Strange Countess"
The Forger of London1961novel "The Forger"
The Devil's Daffodil1961novel "The Daffodil Mystery"
Dead Eyes of London1961novel "The Dark Eyes of London"
Der grüne Bogenschütze1961novel "The Green Archer"
Attempt to Kill1961novel
Clue of the New Pin1961novel
Clue of the Silver Key1961novel
Man Detained1961novel
The Fourth Square1961novel
The Man at the Carlton Tower1961novel
Crossroads to Crime1960story
The Terrible People1960novel "The Terrible People"
The Avenger1960novel "The Avenger"
The Four Just Men1959-1960TV Series novel - 31 episodes
Armchair Theatre1960TV Series play - 1 episode
ITV Play of the WeekTV Series novel - 1 episode, 1960 play - 1 episode, 1956
The Red Circle1960novel "The Crimson Circle"
Urge to Kill1960uncredited
Clue of the Twisted Candle1960novel
Face of the Frog1959novel "The Fellowship of the Frog"
Der Zinker1959TV Movie novel "The Squeaker"
BBC Sunday-Night TheatreTV Series 1 episode, 1957 novel - 1 episode, 1958 writer - 1 episode, 1958
Educated Evans1957-1958TV Series character created by - 24 episodes
Der Mann, der seinen Namen änderte1958TV Movie play "The Man Who Changed His Name"
The Case of the Frightened Lady1957TV Movie play
Der Mann, der seinen Namen änderte1956TV Movie novel "The Man Who Was Nobody"
Der Hexer1956TV Movie novel
Inner Sanctum1954TV Series story - 1 episode
Broadway Television Theatre1953TV Series play - 1 episode
The Ringer1952play
Danger1951TV Series play - 1 episode
The Squeaker1949TV Movie novel
The Case of the Frightened Lady1948TV Movie play
On the Spot1948TV Movie play
The Calendar1948play
The Green Pack1947TV Movie play
The Ringer1946TV Movie play
The Missing Million1942novel
The Green Archer1940novel
Chamber of Horrors1940novel "The Door With The Seven Locks"
The Flying Squad1940novel
The Frightened Lady1940play
The Human Monster1939novel "The Dark Eyes of London"
The Secret Four1939from the novel by
Flying Fifty-Five1939novel
The Missing People1939story "The Missing People"
The Mysterious Mr. Reeder1939novel "The Mind of Mr. Reeder"
The Ringer1938TV Movie play
Old Bones of the River1938characters
Nobody Home1938story "The India Rubber Man"
Smoky Cell1938TV Movie play
The Phantom Strikes1938based on The Ringer by
Queen of Crime1938novel
The Case of the Frightened Lady1938TV Movie play
On the Spot1938TV Movie play
The Terror1938play
Thank Evans1938story
Dangerous to Know1938novel - play "On the Spot"
Mystery of Room 131938novel
Murder on Diamond Row1937novel
The Frog1937novel
Strangers on Honeymoon1936novel "The Northing Tramp"
Chick1936novel
Educated Evans1936novel
The Crimson Circle1936novel
Prison Breaker1936novel
Born to Gamble1935suggested by novel "The Green Poropoulos"
Sanders of the River1935story
The Lad1935play
Giallo1934play The Man Who Changed His Name
The Feathered Serpent1934novel
Return of the Terror1934play

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Aces1930
The Squeaker1930

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Gaunt Stranger1931executive producer
Red Aces1930producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mighty Joe Young1998original idea

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SOKO München2003TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
German Grusel - Die Edgar Wallace-Serie2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

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