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P. J. Wolfson

P. J. Wolfson
Three of a Kind by P. J. Wolfson, 1957
Three of a Kind by P. J. Wolfson, 1957
BornPincus Jacob Wolfson
(1903-05-22)May 22, 1903
New York, United States
DiedApril 16, 1979(1979-04-16) (aged 75)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, United States
  • Screenwriter
  • producer
  • writer

Pincus Jacob Wolfson (May 22, 1903 in New York – April 16, 1979 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles) was an American pharmacist, novelist, screenwriter, film producer, and film director.

Early life

Pincus Jacob Wolfson was born to Russian-Jewish immigrants[1] in New York City. His father worked as a plumber.[citation needed] Pincus studied pharmacy at Fordham University.[citation needed]


While working in a pharmacy in Madison Square Garden, he wrote his first novels.

Wolfson published his first novel, Bodies Are Dust, in 1931, and later, published twice, under two different titles, in French. It was called a "masterpiece" by Jean-Patrick Manchette.[2]

Allen Rivkin, an advertising copy writer, who went to Hollywood and joined the RKO Pictures publicity department, formed a film writing team with Wolfson, who got a writer’s contract on the strength of "Bodies Are Dust".[3] They started at Universal Pictures the same day.[3] Through a luncheon conversation that day decided to collaborate on a story.[3] In less than two years the pair wrote ten screen plays.[3] They later wrote for the B. P. Schulberg company at Paramount Pictures.[3]

He worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, RKO Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures. He wrote numerous scripts for film and television. He produced 30 episodes of the television series I Married Joan between 1952 and 1955.[citation needed]



  • Bodies Are Dust (1931)
  • Summer Hotel (1932)
  • All Women Die (1933)
  • My Flesh of Brass (1934)
  • How Sharp the Point (1959)

Partial filmography


Further reading

  • Claude Mesplède; Jean-Jacques Schleret (1982). Futuropolis (ed.). SN, voyage au bout de la Noire : inventaire de 732 auteurs et de leurs œuvres publiés en séries Noire et Blème : suivi d'une filmographie complète (in French). Paris. p. 476. OCLC 11972030.
  • Claude Mesplède (1992). Editions Encrage (ed.). Les années "Série noire" : bibliographie critique d'une collection policière 1945–1959 (in French). Vol. 1. Amiens. ISBN 978-2-906-38934-2.
  • Claude Mesplède (1994). Editions Encrage (ed.). Les années "Série noire" : bibliographie critique d'une collection policière 1966–1972. 22 (in French). Vol. 3. Amiens. ISBN 978-2-906-38953-3.


  1. ^ "The P.J. Wolfson Story – Bodies are Dust – WDORS".
  2. ^ Mesplède, Claude (2007). Dictionnaire des littératures policières, vol. 2 : J – Z, p. 1086. Joseph K, Nantes. ISBN 978-2-910-68645-1.
  3. ^ a b c d e "In Hollywood". San Pedro News Pilot. San Pedro, CA. December 29, 1932. p. 6. Retrieved April 5, 2022 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection. Volume 5, Number 256
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