Joan Harrison


Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Surrey, England, GB
Born
June 26, 1907
Died
August 14, 1994

Biography

Noted for her long-term association with Alfred Hitchcock. Harrison contributed to a number of the master's scripts and served as producer or associate producer on several of his films, as well as the TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."...

Family & Companions

Eric Ambler
Husband
Novelist. Married in 1958.

Biography

Noted for her long-term association with Alfred Hitchcock. Harrison contributed to a number of the master's scripts and served as producer or associate producer on several of his films, as well as the TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

Life Events

1939

Feature screenwriting debut, also first collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, "Jamaica Inn"

1940

Wrote the screenplay for first US production, "Rebecca"

1944

Final feature screenplay credit, "Dark Waters"

1944

Debut as feature producer, "Phantom Lady"

1951

Produced final feature, "Circle of Danger"

1954

TV debut, produced the syndicated special, "Janet Dean, Registered Nurse"

1955

Produced first TV series, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

1968

Debut as executive producer for the British-produced series, "Journey to the Unknown"

1971

Produced only TV-movie, also her final producer credit, "Love, Hate, Love"

Photo Collections

Phantom Lady - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Phantom Lady - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

Nocturne (1946) -- (Movie Clip) This Is A Dancing School Location shooting at the Pantages in Hollywood, George Raft as detective Joe tracking a witness braces a ticket taker and a manager (Gladys Blake, Sam Flint) then a little gag, as the accomplished hoofer visits a dance school, learning from Janet Shaw, in RKO’s Nocturne, 1946.
Nocturne (1946) -- (Movie Clip) I Have Been Avoiding You Abundant style in the opening,as composer Keith Vincent (Edward Ashley), whom they’re playing for, maybe, a callous Cole Porter, performs for, he says, “Dolores,” though she’s never revealed, in Nocturne, 1946, directed by Edwin L. Marin, starring George Raft and Lynn Bari.
Nocturne (1946) -- (Movie Clip) Q.E.D. Suicide Introducing players investigating the murder scene, with William Challee the camera, Harry Harvey the doc, Walter Sande the head cop but mainly George Raft as detective Joe Warne, then Virginia Huston in her first credited part, all brass as Carol, the mighty good-looking maid, in Nocturne, 1946.
Nocturne (1946) -- (Movie Clip) I Don't Like Those Kind Of Pictures Following leads toward the murdered guy’s girlfriends, George Raft as detective Joe meets a peeved photographer (John Banner, a.k.a. Sergeant Schultz from TV’s Hogan’s Heroes!) Virginia Kelley his model, then finally co-top-billed Lynn Bari as Frances, Robert Andersen her boy-toy, in Nocturne, 1946.
Foreign Correspondent (1940) -- (Movie Clip) May I Have Your Picture? Reporter "Haverstock" (Joel McCrea) is baffled when Dutch diplomat Van Meer (Albert Bassermann) doesn't know him, Charles Waggenheim as the assassin, and pursuit with friend Carol (Laraine Day) and fellow reporter ffolliott (George Sanders), in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, 1940.
They Won't Believe Me (1947) -- (Movie Clip) To The Jury Please Opening scenes, folksy lawyer Cahill (Frank Ferguson) beginning his defense of slippery Larry (Robert Young), brief introductions for Tom Powers, Janet Shaw, Jane Greer and others who will figure in the story, from They Won't Believe Me, 1947, also starring Susan Hayward.
They Won't Believe Me (1947) -- (Movie Clip) Won't You Need Some Socks? Still in deep flashback from his murder trial, proven cad husband Larry (Robert Young) finds out that wealthy wife Greta (Rita Johnson) is way ahead of his plan to skip town with his girlfriend, in They Won't Believe Me, 1947.
They Won't Believe Me (1947) -- How Do You Know I'll Show Up? Larry (Robert Young) can't forget about Verna (Susan Hayward). so he's summoned her to the mountains to share his new plan to fleece his wife, in They Won't Believe Me, 1947.
Saboteur (1942) -- (Movie Clip) You're Being Followed Barry (Robert Cummings), wrongly wanted and now on his own seeking the culprit in an act of wartime industrial sabotage, rides with a trucker (Murray Alper) and sees co-star Priscilla Lane, for the first time, on a billboard, early in Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur 1942.
Saboteur (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Here Come The Wolves California warrplane factory workers Barry (Robert Cummings) and Mason (Virgil Summers) encounter the mysterious Fry (Norman Lloyd), then a disaster, in the opening scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur 1942.
Suspicion (1941) -- (Movie Clip) Your Ucipital Mapilary Johnny (Cary Grant) and Lina (Joan Fontaine) have strayed from church for this flirtatious, wind-blown encounter, their second meeting in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion, 1941.
Suspicion (1941) -- (Movie Clip) A Most Pleasant Death Recuperating Lina (Joan Fontaine) with husband Johnny (Cary Grant) and novelist pal Isobel (Auriol Lee), setting up Alfred Hitchcock's famous light-bulb-in-the-milk-glass trick, in Suspicion, 1941.

Trailer

Companions

Eric Ambler
Husband
Novelist. Married in 1958.

Bibliography