Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and occasional film producer. His outstanding works as director are Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960) — for which he won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) — In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977).
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“Beware the/easy griefs, that fool and fuel nothing./It is too easy to cry AFRIKA!/and shock thy street,/and purse thy mouth,/and go home to thy Gunsmoke, to/thy Gilligans Island and the NFL.”
—Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)