Re: RARA-AVIS: Gertrude Walker

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 13 Jun 2003

Gertrude Walker

I do not have complete facts or bio, but gathered the following:
- she was born in Ohio (date?)
- studied journalism in Columbus
- published critical articles about poetry and theatrical plays
- published articles about screen stars in magazines
- she was a comedian for a while in Hollywood (theatrical plays) and, later, even a singer
- wrote texts for stand-up comedians (during wartime)
- wrote scripts (and stories) for about 10 films (B-series) during the forties
- wrote for TV serials like 'The Californians' 'The New Adventures of Charlie Chan'

As far as I know, she wrote only 3 novels:
+ THE FACE OF EVIL (1978) which seems to be a novelization of her script for 'Whispering footsteps' (1943)

I red only the first one. Some American critics compared the novel to James Cain's works at the time of first publishing.

She also wrote some shorts stories starting during her twenties.

I do not know if this helps.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

At 19:15 10-06-03 +0200, you wrote:
>I'm looking for some biographical info on Gertrude Walker, a screenplayer
>and writer active in the '40s (hers is the original story for "The Damned
>Don't Die", among many others). I'm planning to translate her 1948 novel,
>"So Deadly Fair", into Italian, and I'd like to know a little more about
>Walker herself.
>Thanks, Luca
>Luca Conti

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