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On this Day in Movie History, April 10, 1937 : Collier’s stories become movies

On this Day in Movie History, April 10, 1937 : Collier’s Publishes Two Short Stories Which Become Movies–A First
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On this day, April 10, 1937 “Collier’s” magazine published two short stories which would later become motion pictures; a first for a single magazine issue.

“Stage to Lordsburg”, written by Ernest Haycox, was made into the 1939 film classic, “Stagecoach”, starring John Wayne. Hagar Wilde’s story was turned into a movie that reflected the title of his work, “Bringing Up Baby”. The 1938 film starred Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

Collier’s magazine, founded in 1888 by Irish immigrant Peter Collier, was launched as a magazine of “fiction, fact, sensation, wit, humor, and news”, and became known widely for investigative journalism and social reform-seeking values.

Collier’s has always commissioned famous writers including Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, J. D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, Pearl S. Buck, and Kurt Vonnegut to report on historical events, such as World War I and the Spanish Civil War, political events, or to write a short story or serialization of a novel.

They also published famous articles like “The Great American Fraud” and Upton Sinclair’s “Is Chicago Meat Clean?”, which eventually led to the Senate Meat Inspection Act of 1906. Collier’s ultimate goal for 100+ years: Seek the truth.

1921 – Chuck (Kevin Joseph) Connors (actor: The Rifleman, Roots, The Yellow Rose, Werewolf, Cowboy in Africa, Branded; host: Thrill Seekers; died Nov 10, 1992)

1921 – Sheb Wooley (CMA comic of the Year [1968]; singer, songwriter: The Purple People Eater, Are You Satisfied, Hee Haw theme; actor: Rawhide, High Noon, Rocky Mountain, Giant, Hoosiers; died Sep 16, 2003)

1929 – Max Von Sydow (actor: Dune, The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal, The Emigrants, Flash Gordon, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hawaii, The Quiller Memorandum, Quo Vadis, Three Days of the Condor)

1932 – Omar Sharif (Michael Shalhoub) (actor: Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Peter the Great, Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, Beyond Justice, Crime & Passion)

1951 – Steven Seagal (actor: Executive Decision, Under Siege series, On Deadly Ground, Out for Justice, Marked for Death, Hard to Kill, Above the Law)

1954 – Peter MacNicol (actor: Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Addams Family Values, Ghostbusters 2, Sophie’s Choice, Dragon Slayer, Chicago Hope, The Powers that Be)

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