Richard Sale (director)

Richard Sale, (December 17, 1911, in New York – March 4, 1993, in Los Angeles) was an American screenwriter, pulp writer, and film director.

Richard Sale
Born(1911-12-17)December 17, 1911
DiedMarch 4, 1993(1993-03-04) (aged 81)
EducationWashington and Lee University
OccupationFilm director, writer
Spouse(s)Mary Loos (1946); Irma Foster (1971)
ChildrenLindsey Sale Bowen, Richard Townsend, Edward Clifford
Parent(s)Richard Benard and Frances (Topinka) Sale


Sale started his career writing as a freelance writer for pulps in the Thirties, appearing regularly in Detective Fiction Weekly (with the Daffy Dill series), Argosy, Double Detective, and a number of other magazines. In the Forties, he graduated to slick publications like The Country Gentleman and The Saturday Evening Post. In the mid-Forties to mid-Fifties, he made a career change from writing magazine fiction to screenplays. He became a writer for Paramount pictures, a writer-director for Republic Pictures, 20th Century-Fox, British Lion, United Artists, and Columbia pictures. He even became a television writer, director, producer for Columbia Broadcasting System.[1]

Sale's novel Not Too Narrow...Not Too Deep was filmed as Strange Cargo (1940) starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable.

He directed several films, including A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950), Meet Me After the Show (1951) with Betty Grable, Let's Make It Legal (1951) featuring one of Marilyn Monroe's earliest film appearances, Malaga (1954), and Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) with Jane Russell. He also wrote many screenplays,Suddenly (1954), The French Line (1954) and Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, both with Mary Loos his wife at the time, The Oscar (1966), The White Buffalo (1977) and Assassination (1987). Alongside his work for many production companies, Sale wrote over 400 short stories.[2]

Together with Mary Loos, he created the Western television series Yancy Derringer which ran for one season in 1958–59.

Sale died in 1993 after complications from two strokes.[2]

Selected filmography

Some of these additional movies were found on the Los Angeles Times[3].


  1. Contemporary Authors Online (September 5, 2003). "Richard (Bernard) Sale". Gale In Context.
  2. "Richard Sale Is Dead; Film Director Was 80". New York Times. Associated Press. 1993-03-09. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  3. Oliver, Myrna (March 8, 1993). "Richard Sale; Novelist, Screenwriter, Director". Los Angeles Times.
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