Richard Walton Tully
Richard Walton Tully (May 7, 1877 – February 1, 1945) was an American playwright.
Richard Walton Tully
From a 1921 magazine
|Born||May 7, 1877|
|Died||February 1, 1945 67) (aged|
|Education||University of California|
His best known work was the 1912 play The Bird of Paradise, which caused a long-running court case over alleged plagiarism. A schoolteacher named Grace Fender was initially successful in persuading the court that Tully's play was based on her play In Hawaii, however the case was reversed on appeal.
- Rose of the Rancho, directed by Cecil B. DeMille (1914, based on the play Rose of the Rancho)
- Omar the Tentmaker, directed by James Young (1922, based on the play Omar the Tentmaker)
- Bird of Paradise, directed by King Vidor (1932, based on the play The Bird of Paradise)
- Rose of the Rancho, directed by Marion Gering (1936, based on the play Rose of the Rancho)
- Bird of Paradise, directed by Delmer Daves (1951, based on the play The Bird of Paradise)
- "R.W. Tully Seeks Divorce. Playwright Sues Eleanor Gates on Ground of Desertion". New York Times. 24 March 1914. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
Richard Walton Tully, playwright, instituted suit in the Superior Court here to-day for a divorce from Eleanor Gates Tully, the author. The charge is desertion.
- "The Bird of Paradise: A Broadway Show - Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Project".
- Gerald Bordman and Thomas S. Hischak. "Tully, Richard Walton" The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2010 from Encyclopedia.com:
- "Richard W. Tully, Dramatist, is Dead; Author of 'Bird of Paradise,' Was the Victor in Notable Plagiarism Suit Here Law Career Put Aside Decision Is Reversed". New York Times. February 2, 1945. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
Richard Walton Tully of 50 West Eighty-seventh Street, dramatist, author of the stage success "The Bird of Paradise," over which raged one of the bitterest plagiarism suits on record, died Wednesday night at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. His age was 67.
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