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J. Robert Bren
Jose Roberto Bustamante Gutierrez
July 23, 1903
|Died||October 1, 1981 (aged 78)|
J. Robert Bren (July 23, 1903 – October 1, 1981) was a Mexican-American screenwriter and producer who was active from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. He wrote either the story or screenplay for thirty feature films, as well as producing at least two of those films.
Born Jose Roberto Bustamante Gutierrez on July 23, 1903 in Guanajuato, Mexico, he entered the film industry, working on the sound crew for the 1933 film, Face in the Sky. The following year he began writing stories for films, the first of which was the 20th Century Fox film, Looking for Trouble, starring Spencer Tracy and Jack Oakie. He was also one of the story authors for The Band Plays On (1933), starring Robert Young. In 1937 he was one of three writers who expanded an unpublished Damon Runyon story which was turned into the screenplay for Racing Lady, which starred Ann Dvorak, Smith Ballew, and Harry Carey. Bren was one of the writers of the screenplay for The Man Who Found Himself, also in 1937, featuring Joan Fontaine in her first starring role, along with John Beal.
In 1942, Bren co-wrote the original story for the film, In Old California, starring John Wayne. Bren produced the 1945 film, First Yank into Tokyo, from a screenplay he wrote. The film stars Tom Neal and Barbara Hale, and was directed by Gordon Douglas. To open the film, Bren secured the rights to a tape of Japan's prime minister, Kuniaki Koiso, in which he exhorts the Japanese population to "sacrifice everything to repulse the enemy." Bren served on the California State Welfare Board in 1949. Also on the board was Hazel Hurst, a blind young lady who was famous for advocacy for the blind, especially for the use of guide dogs. She was one of the founders of the Hurst Foundation. Bren wrote a screenplay based on Hurst's life. The 1954 film, Naked Alibi, directed by Jerry Hopper and starring Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame, was based on a story by Bren and his long-time writing partner, Gladys Atwater. Bren's last big screen writing credit was again as story co-writer with Atwater for The Treasure of Pancho Villa, directed by George Sherman, and starring Rory Calhoun, Shelley Winters and Gilbert Roland.
|1933||Face in the Sky||Sound crew|
|1934||The Band Plays On||Story||co-written with Byron Morgan|
|1934||Looking for Trouble||Story, technical director|
|1936||High Tension||Story||co-written with Norman Houston|
|1936||Without Orders||Screenplay||co-written with Edmund Hartmann|
|1937||Behind the Headlines||Screenplay||co-written with Edmund Hartmann|
|1937||The Man Who Found Himself||Screenplay||co-written with Edmund Hartmann, Gloria Atwater, Thomas Lennon|
|1937||Racing Lady||Story||co-written with Norman Houston|
|1937||Hideaway||Screenplay||co-written with Edmund Hartmann|
|1937||Bad Guy||Story||co-written with Kathleen Shepard and Hal Long|
|1937||China Passage||Screenplay||co-written with Edmund Hartmann|
|1938||Everybody's Doing It||Screenplay||co-written with Edmund Joseph and Harry Segall|
|1938||Crime Ring||Screenplay||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1938||Double Danger||Screenplay||co-written with Arthur T. Horman|
|1938||Smashing the Rackets||Contributions to screenplay|
|1938||This Marriage Business||Screenplay||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1939||Five Little Peppers and How They Grew||Story||co-written with Gladys Atwater and Frances Hyland|
|1939||Parents on Trial||Story and screenplay||co-written with Gladys Atwater (Lambert Hillyer also co-wrote screenplay)|
|1940||Charter Pilot||Screenplay||co-written with Norman Houston|
|1940||Argentine Nights||Story||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1942||American Empire||Screenplay||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1942||In Old California||Story||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1942||Underground Agent||Story and screenplay||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1945||First Yank into Tokyo||Producer, screenplay, and story (with Gladys Atwater)|
|1945||The Gay Senorita||Story|
|1949||El Paso||Producer and story||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1953||The Great Sioux Uprising||Story and screenplay||co-written with Gladys Atwater (screenplay also co-written by Melvin Levy)|
|1954||Naked Alibi||Story||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1954||Siege at Red River||Story||co-written with Gladys Atwater|
|1954||Overland Pacific||Screenplay||co-written with Gladys Atwater and Martin Goldsmith|
- "Face in the Sky: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- "Looking for Trouble: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- "The Band Plays On: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- "Racing Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- "The Man Who Found Himself: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- "In Old California: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- "First Yank into Tokyo: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- Corby, Jane (March 20, 1945). "Screen". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 6. Retrieved August 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Movie Man Named to Welfare Board". The Bakersfield Californian. June 21, 1949. p. 16. Retrieved August 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Downey's Son Gets State Job". The Bakersfield Californian. July 22, 1949. p. 8. Retrieved August 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "History of Guide Dogs for the Blind - Lois Merrihew". Guide Dogs for the Blind. Archived from the original on September 21, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- Fidler, Jimmy (September 30, 1949). "Jimmy Fidler in Hollywood". Joplin Globe. p. 18. Retrieved August 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Naked Alibi: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- "The Treasure of Pancho Villa: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- "J. Robert Bren". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
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