Norman Hudis

Norman Hudis (27 July 1922 – 8 February 2016) was an English writer for film, theatre and television, and is most closely associated with the first six of the Carry On... film series, for which he wrote the screenplays until he was replaced by Talbot Rothwell.

Life and careerEdit

Born in Stepney, London, Hudis began his writing career on a local newspaper, the Hampstead & Highgate Express. When World War II broke out, Hudis joined the RAF and served in the Middle East writing for Air Force News. Like many other post-war writers his first foray into entertainment was writing for camp concerts. After the war Hudis decided to become a playwright, but only one of his plays Here Is The News met with critical success. This was enough to get him noticed by Pinewood Studios, who offered him a job as trainee screenwriter. During the two years he spent there he failed to get any of his screenplays into production.

Hudis left Pinewood and became a freelance writer and was soon to become a prolific screenwriter of B movies during the 1950s. He was the writer for the biopic The Tommy Steele Story (1957). Hudis met the film producer Peter Rogers in the year of its release who offered him the job of writing another screenplay for Tommy Steele (The Duke Wore Jeans, 1958), which was directed by Gerald Thomas. (Peter Rogers' film producer wife Betty Box, who produced the Doctor film series, mostly worked with Gerald's brother, the director Ralph Thomas). The producer and director team of Peter and Gerald chose Hudis to rewrite the screenplay to R. F. Delderfield's The Bull Boys. He obliged and the screenplay became the first of the Carry On... film series as Carry On Sergeant. Following the success of this Carry On début, Hudis wrote a further five Carry On's (Carry On Nurse; Carry On Teacher; Carry On Constable; Carry On Regardless and Carry On Cruising) the highpoint being his second, Carry On Nurse, which was the UK's top-grossing film of 1959. Hudis decided to move permanently to the United States in 1966 as he had received offers of work following the successful American release of Carry On Nurse. His American television writing credits include, The Wild Wild West, The F.B.I., The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Hawaii Five-O, Cannon and Baretta.

Hudis continued to write for film, TV and theatre. He was the co-writer of the long-running play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners,[1] which has played around the world since 2003, and he also wrote the one-man play Jeffrey Archer's Prison Diaries by FF 8282, the authorised adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's diaries which were written during his incarceration, both of which are produced by Marc Sinden Productions.[2] He also wrote the semi-autobiographical play Dinner with Ribbentrop about his time working with the notoriously anti-Semitic actor Eric Portman.[3] He died at the age of 93 on 8 February 2016.[4] His son, Stephen R. Hudis is a Hollywood director. His sister Sylvia Holness [Hudis] lives in England. In 2008 Norman Hudis wrote his autobiography No Laughing Matter: How I Carried On, published by Apex Publishing Ltd.

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Jeffrey Archer's Prison Diaries by FF8282". Sindenproductions.com. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Dinner with Ribbentrop". Rudeguerrilla.org. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Carry On writer Norman Hudis dies aged 93 - BBC News". Bbc.com. Retrieved 11 February 2016.

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Preceded by
First
Carry On films scriptwriter
1958 - 1962
Succeeded by