James Poe (October 4, 1921 – January 24, 1980) was an American film and television screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the movies Around the World in 80 Days for which he jointly won an Academy Award in 1956, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, Lilies of the Field, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.
|Born||October 4, 1921|
Dobbs Ferry, New York, U.S.
|Died||January 24, 1980 (aged 58)|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Steele (1969 - 1978)|
He also worked as a writer on the radio shows Escape and Suspense, writing the scripts for some of their best episodes, most notably "Three Skeleton Key", "Blood Bath" and "The Present Tense", all of which starred Vincent Price.
Poe was married to actress Barbara Steele from 1969 to 1978.
He had to sue for credit on Around the World in 80 Days.
In 1965 Poe signed a contract to direct films at Columbia but never directed.
- Close-Up (1948)
- Without Honor (1949)
- Scandal Sheet (1952)
- Paula (1952)
- A Slight Case of Larceny (1953)
- The Big Knife (1955)
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
- Attack! (1956)
- Hot Spell (1958)
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
- Goodyear Theatre - "Curtain Call" (1958)
- Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
- Sanctuary (1961)
- Summer and Smoke (1961)
- The Dick Powell Theatre - "Crazy Sunday" (1962)
- Lilies of the Field (1963)
- Toys in the Attic (1963)
- Vacation Playhouse - "Come a Runnin'" (1963)
- Munroe (1963) (TV pilot)
- The Bedford Incident (1965)
- Riot (1969)
- They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
- Bracken's World - episode "Together Again, for the Last Time" (1970)
- The Gathering (1977)
- Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)
- The Nightman (1992)
- James Poe, Co-Writer Of 'Around the World' Won Oscar in 1956: License for Characters By JENNIFER DUNNING. New York Times 6 Feb 1980: 34.
- STUDIO SIGNS PACT TO COVER WRITERS: Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Settles Dispute With Guild and Lifts Strike Threat Role for Gloria Grahame By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]07 Mar 1957: 25.
- Looking at Hollywood: Writer James Poe Signs Director Pact Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Tribune 6 Jan 1965: b4.