Jack Lewis (Autor)

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Jack Lewis (also C. Jack Lewis or Jack C. Lewis; born November 13, 1924 in Iowa; † May 24, 2009 in Kalapana, Hawaii) was a U.S. screenwriter, novelist, and journalist. He often wrote under the name C. Jack Lewis to avoid confusion with authors of the same name.[1]


Lewis sold his first short story, The Cherokee Kid’s Last Stand, at the age of 14; he received $5 for it.[2] Encouraged by this, he wrote a screenplay for the Andy Hardy film series and sent it unsolicited to MGM, who rejected it. It wasn’t until he was 22 that he sold his next story.

At 18, Lewis enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was promoted to second lieutenant in 1945. After military service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, then returned to the Navy and scripted a promotional film for that military branch. This led to a job as a technical advisor for the 1949 feature film Death Command Iwo Jima[3].

Work as a screenwriter

Lewis began his work as a screenwriter in 1950 with several small westerns, including Ron Ormond’s The Death Whip.

When the Korean War began, Lewis returned to active Army duty for six years. As a war correspondent and photographer, he received the Bronze Star Medal for his documentation of the bombing of enemy positions by naval bombers.[3]
During this time he also had his own experience of using rifles when he had direct contact with the enemy.[4]

Lewis submitted over two dozen magazine articles on the Marine’s experiences in Korea, with headquarters deeming them too propagandistic and sending them back; Lewis then called in his private frahlingen, who published them for a $200 fee each.

After the Korean War ended, Captain Lewis served as commander of the 4th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton before being transferred to Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay as a public information officer. While in Hawaii, he was contracted by John Ford as a technical advisor for his film No Time for Heroism. When no stuntman could be found to ride a motorcycle beyond a pier, Lewis took on the task and was paid $700 more than his earnings, after which he had to donate the excess $50 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. As a result, however, John Ford took over Lewis’ cash bills for a year and later hired him for his film With One Foot in Hell.

In 1965 he was involved in the screenplay of the European western The Black Eagles of Santa Fe,.


Wanting to concentrate on writing, Lewis left army service. In addition to his work as a screenwriter, playwright, and storyteller, he worked as a magazine editor and became editor of Gun World magazine with Dean Grennell in 1959. He remained associated with the publication and wrote for it until his death.

Lewis’s Marine Corps connections led to other works, such as the screenplay for Marshall Thompson’s film A Yank in Viet-Nam, filmed on location in South Vietnam in 1963[5], his first novel Tell it to the Marines (published in 1966), and his return to active duty in 1969 during the Vietnam War. He received two other awards during this period.[3] He retired on his 60th birthday.

In addition to his journalistic articles, Lewis became known for the stories surrounding “Charlie Cougar” and Western novels; also included in his list of works is a book about his experiences in Hollywood, White Horse, Black Hat – A Quarter Century on Hollywood’s Poverty Row[6]. The total number of his articles and other texts is over 6,000.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1950: King of the Bullwhip
  • 1964: A Yank in Viet-Nam
  • 1965: The Black Eagles of Santa Fe


  • Lewis, C. Jack: White Horse, Black Hat: A Quarter Century on Hollywood’s Poverty Row Scarecrow Press 2002

Web links

  • Jack Lewis in the Internet Movie Database (english)

Individual references

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