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Cyril Hume (March 16, 1900 – March 26, 1966) was an American novelist and screenwriter.

Cyril Hume
Cyril Hume wrote science fiction film Forbidden Planet in 1956.
Born(1900-03-16)March 16, 1900
DiedMarch 26, 1966(1966-03-26) (aged 66)
EducationYale University
OccupationNovelist, screenwriter
Years active1924–1966
Known forForbidden Planet (1956)
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Helen Chandler
(m. 1930; div. 1934)

Hume was a graduate of Yale University, where he edited campus humor magazine The Yale Record. He was an editor of the collection The Yale Record Book of Verse: 1872–1922 (1922).[1]

One year out of college, Hume was a $25-a-week "cub reporter" for the New York World when he wrote his first novel, Wife of the Centaur.[2] It was published by the George H. Doran Company in October 1923 and listed at $2.50 as "A novel of youth and love today so poignant and vivid that it will attract wide attention."[3] On November 22, he sold the motion-picture rights for $25,000.[2]

Hume wrote for 29 films between 1924 and 1966, including Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Great Gatsby (1949), Tokyo Joe (1949) and Forbidden Planet (1956).

Hume died on March 26, 1966, just 10 days after his 66th birthday, at his home in Palos Verdes, California, and was buried in the Whispering Pines section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.


Published booksEdit

The Library of Congress catalogs eight books as by Hume (and six film or video items).[4] One 1927 review of Street of the Malcontents and Other Stories notes that he has published three novels, and here "has collected his first book of short stories, five of which are contributions from the European scene."[5]

  • The Yale Record Book of Verse, 1872–1922, eds. Francis W. Bronson, Thomas Caldecot Chubb, and Hume (Yale University Press, 1922)
  • Wife of the Centaur (George H. Doran Company, 1923)
  • Cruel Fellowship (Doran, 1925)
  • The Golden Dancer (Doran, 1926)
  • Street of the Malcontents and Other Stories (Doran, 1927) – collection of stories
  • A Dish for the Gods (Doubleday, Doran, 1929)
  • Myself and the Young Bowman and Other Fantasies (Doubleday, Doran, 1932) – stories and poems
  • My Sister, My Bride (Doubleday, Doran, 1932)

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Bronson, Francis W., Thomas Caldecott Chubb, and Cyril Hume, eds. (1922) The Yale Record Book of Verse: 1872–1922. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  2. ^ a b "Cub Reporter Gets $25,000 For Movie Rights To Novel". The Sun (Baltimore). November 23, 1923. Dateline "New York, Nov. 22 (Special)".
  3. ^ George H. Doran Company, Publishers, panel advertisement of current titles. The New York Times. October 28, 1923, page BR14.
     (The work was previously announced as one on the publisher's Fall List. October publication is inferred from this listing as the earliest such found by automated search at
  4. ^ Library of Congress Online Catalog ( May 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr. Hume's Short Stories". The New York Times. May 29, 1927, p. BR9.

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