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Gerald Savory

Gerald Savory (17 November 1909 - 9 February 1996) was an English playwright and screenwriter specialising in comedies.[1][2]

The son of actress Grace Lane (1877-1956),[3] he was educated at Bradfield College and worked as a stockbroker's clerk before turning to the stage (Hull Repertory Theatre Company 1931-33), first as an actor then a writer.[2][4] His play George and Margaret, written while out of work as an actor, ran for two years at Wyndham's Theatre and a year at the Piccadilly.[5] It then transferred to Broadway, where it ran for 86 performances, and was later filmed.[6][7] His earliest work in the film industry was as a dialogue writer for director Alfred Hitchcock's Young and Innocent (1937).[1]

He spent some time in the United States in the 1940s writing for film and television and became an American citizen.[2] From 1964 to 1965 he was writer, producer and production manager for Granada Television, producing five episodes of ITV Play of the Week; adapting Saki, J.B. Priestley, Noël Coward and Tennessee Williams for television. He then joined the BBC, first as Head of Serials, then Head of Plays.[3] He produced five episodes of the unsuccessful series Churchill's People (1975-76) and six of the eight episodes of Love in a Cold Climate for Thames Television in 1980.[8][9]


  • George and Margaret 1937[10] (377 performances in the West End, filmed in 1940)
  • Hand in Glove 1944 with Charles K. Freeman based on his own novel Hughie Roddis[11]
  • A Likely Tale 1957[12]
  • A Month of Sundays 1957
  • So Many Children 1959
  • Cup and Saucer 1961
  • Twinkling of an Eye 1965


  • Hughie Roddis 1942
  • Behold This Dreamer 1943



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