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T.E.B. Clarke
Born Thomas Ernest Bennett Clarke
7 June 1907(1907-06-07)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Died 11 February 1989 (aged 81)
Surrey, England, UK
Other name(s) Tibby
Occupation Writer, Screenwriter
Years active 1944-1980

Thomas Ernest Bennett "Tibby" Clarke (7 June 1907 - 11 February 1989) was a movie scriptwriter who wrote several of the Ealing Studios comedies. His scripts always feature careful logical development from a slightly absurd premise to a farcical conclusion. In 1952 he was awarded a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his script for The Lavender Hill Mob, making him one of just a handful of Britons to receive this award. He continued to work as a scriptwriter after Ealing ceased production in the mid-fifties, his later contributions including Sons and Lovers and the Disney film The Horse without a Head.

Clarke was also a novelist and writer of non-fiction, and was not above presenting his fictions as fact - notably the 1981 book Murder at Buckingham Palace, which purports to tell the story of a hushed-up murder in the Royal residence in 1935. Despite its including 'documentary' photographs, there is no external evidence that the book is anything but pure fiction.



Screenplays by T.E.B. Clarke

Non-fiction by T.E.B. Clarke

  • Go South - Go West
  • What's Yours?
  • Intimate Relations
  • This is Where I Came In

Novels by T.E.B. Clarke

  • Jeremy's England
  • Cartwright Was a Cad
  • Two and Two Make Five
  • Mr Spirket Reforms
  • The World Was Mine
  • The Wide Open Door
  • The Trail of the Serpent
  • The Wrong Turning
  • The Man Who Seduced a Bank
  • Murder at Buckingham Palace

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