Knowledge Identifier: +Edgar_Wallace
Born in 1875.
Countries: United Kingdom (34%), Germany (21%), United States (14%)
Linked to: British Broadcasting Company, British Lion Film Corporation, Liberal Party, Daily Mail
In 1900 Edgar moved to a large, comfortable house at 6 Tressillian Crescent, Brockley S E London, only a mile from the house where he was born in Greenwich
Returning to England in 1905 he had in his head "The Four Just Men", the prototype of modern thriller novels, about four young, handsome, immensely wealthy vigilantes who kill people in the name of Justice
During 1907 Edgar travelled to the Congo Free State, to report on how the native Congolese were being horribly abused by representatives of King Leopold II of Belgium
In the 1920s, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him
Carol Reed - A period in the theatrical company of the thriller writer Edgar Wallace followed, and Reed became his personal assistant in 1927
He became active in the Liberal Party and contested Blackpool in the 1931 general election as one of a handful of Independent Liberals who rejected the National Government, and the official Liberal support for it, and strongly supported free trade
In December, 1932, his story and screenplay for King Kong were "novelized" or transcribed by Delos W. Lovelace, a journalist and author himself who knew Cooper from when they worked on the same newspaper, and appeared in book form under the title "King Kong"
Francis Hastings, 16th Earl of Huntingdon - Huntingdon married secondly Margaret Lane, daughter of Harry George Lane, and former wife of Bryan Wallace, son of Edgar Wallace, in 1944
In 1959 a mini-revival of his work occurred in Germany and around the Eastern Bloc, and his eldest son Bryan relocated there for some time to edit and direct many of the string of Edgar Wallace B-movies and made-for-TV movies filmed in that country
Stewart Granger - In the German Edgar Wallace film series of the 1960s, he was seen in "The Trygon Factor"
Horst Tappert - In 1968, he changed sides by playing Scotland Yard detective Perkins in Edgar Wallace movies