Requiescant in Pace


Delaware County Daily Times, January 9, 1967; The Progress (Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, PA), January 9, 1967. Courtesy Cullen Gallagher

David Goodis Is Dead:
Author, Screenwriter

From Philadelphia Inquirer, undated, contributed by Louis Boxer

David Goodis, an author and screenwriter, whose most memorable creation was "Dark Passage," a novel which he turned into a movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, died Saturday in Enstein Medical Center, Northern Division. He was 49 and lived at 6305 N. 11th Street..

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Goodis attended Simon Gratz High School and then went to Temple University, where he received a degree in journalism in 1938.


That same year his first novel, "Retreat From Oblivion," was published. It received favorable reviews and Mr. Goodis quit his job at a local advertising agency and moved to New York, where he concentrated on magazine fiction.

Three years later, he went to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter at Warner Brothers. Besides movies, he turned out a number of novels, including "Nightfall" and "Behold This Woman."


In 1956, Mr. Goodis wrote the script for "The Burglar," the first big movie to be filmed in Philadelphia in half a century. The movie starred Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield.

Mr. Goodis' last firm was "Please Don't Shoot the Piano Player," which was filmed in France in 1962.

He is survived by a brother, Herbert. Services will be at 1 P.M. Tuesday at Rosenberg's and Raphael Sacks, 4720 N. Broad st. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park.

Los Angeles Times, January 9, 1967; New York Times, January 10, 1967; Washington Post, January 10, 1967. Courtesy Cullen Gallagher