Wendell Mayes Biography (1919-1992)

Full name, Wendell Curran Mayes; born July 21, 1919, in Hayti, MO; died of cancer, March 28, 1992, in Santa Monica, CA; son of Von (a lawyer) and Irene (ateacher; maiden name, Haynes) Mayes. Addresses: Office: 1504 Bel-AirRd., Los Angeles, CA 90077.; Agent: George Diskant, 1033 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Birth Details
July 21, 1919
Hayti, Missouri, United States
Death Details
March 28, 1992
Santa Monica, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Work
  • Producer, Hotel (also see below), Warner Brothers, 1967.
  • Credits; Screenplays
  • (With Billy Wilder and Charles Lederer) The Spirit of St. Louis, Warner Brothers, 1957.
  • The Enemy Below, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • The Way to the Gold, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • (With Robert Buckner) From Hell to Texas (also known as Manhunt), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • The Hunters, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • (With Halsted Welles) The Hanging Tree, Warner Brothers, 1959.
  • Anatomy of a Murder, Columbia, 1959.
  • (With John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin, and Claude Binyon) North to Alaska, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960.
  • Advise and Consent, Columbia, 1962.
  • (With Joseph Landon) Von Ryan's Express, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965.
  • In Harm's Way, Paramount, 1965.
  • Hotel, Warner Brothers, 1967.
  • (With Alvin Sargent) The Stalking Moon, National General Pictures,1968.
  • The Revengers, National General Pictures, 1972.
  • (With Stirling Silliphant) The Poseidon Adventure, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972.
  • Death Wish, Paramount, 1974.
  • Bank Shot, United Artists, 1974.
  • Go Tell the Spartans, Avco Embassy, 1978.
  • (With John Melson) Love and Bullets, Associated Film Distribution,1979.
  • (With Abraham Polonsky) Monsignor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.
  • Also author of the screenplay for Charlie.
  • Credits; Television Scripts
  • "The Most Blessed Woman," Kraft Theater, NBC, 1957.
  • Savage: In the Orient (pilot), CBS, 1983.
  • Criminal Behavior (movie; based on the novel The Ferguson Affair, by Ross MacDonald), ABC, 1992.
  • Also author of television scripts for No Riders, Death Is a Spanish Dancer, Hang up My Guns, Cynara, and Profile in Courage; writer forPond Theater and Studio One.

Further Reference


  • Hollywood Reporter, April 6, 1992, p. 41.

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