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|Born||October 23, 1906|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||June 23, 1983 (aged 76)|
La Jolla, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Knox College|
During World War II, Latimer served in the United States Navy. After the war, he moved to California and continued his work as a Hollywood screenwriter, including 10 films in collaboration with director John Farrow.
Latimer became a journalist at the Chicago Herald Examiner and later for the Chicago Tribune, writing about crime and meeting Al Capone and Bugs Moran, among others. In the mid-1930s, he turned to writing fiction, starting with a series of novels featuring private eye William Crane, in which he introduced his typical blend of hardboiled crime fiction and elements of screwball comedy.
- Murder in the Madhouse (1935)
- Headed for a Hearse (1935) filmed 1937 as The Westland Case; Preston Foster as Crane
- The Lady in the Morgue (1936) filmed 1938 (aka The Case of the Missing Blonde in the UK); Preston Foster as Crane
- The Dead Don't Care (1938) filmed 1938 as The Last Warning; Preston Foster as Crane
- Red Gardenias (1939)
- The Search for My Great Uncle's Head (1937) (as Peter Coffin)
- Solomon's Vineyard (1941) (published in paperback in 1951 and republished in 2014 under the title The Fifth Grave)
- Sinners and Shrouds (1955)
- Black Is the Fashion for Dying (1959)
- Dark Memory (1940)
- The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939) (based on a novel by Louis Joseph Vance)
- Topper Returns (1941) (original screenplay)
- The Glass Key (1942) (based on the Dashiell Hammett novel)
- Night in New Orleans (1942) (based on a story by James R Graham)
- Nocturne (1946)
- They Won't Believe Me (1947) (based on a story by Gordon McDonell)
- The Big Clock (1948) (based on the Kenneth Fearing novel)
- Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) (based on the Cornell Woolrich novel)
- Submarine Command (1951), screenplay from his own story, starring William Holden
- Plunder of the Sun (1953) (based on the David F. Dodge novel)
- The Unholy Wife (1957) (co-authored with William Durkee)
- The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (with Frank Capra)
- The Unchained Goddess (1958) (with Frank Capra)
- 32 episodes of the Perry Mason television series
- The Greenhouse Jungle (from the second season of the Columbo television series, 1972)
- Hard boiled American crime fiction for a discussion of Solomon's Vineyard, the publication of which was suppressed in the United States for a long time.
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