Screenwriter, Film writer
1900 – 1971
Who was Borden Chase?
Born Frank Fowler, he went through an assortment of jobs, including driving for gangster Frankie Yale and working as a sandhog on the construction of New York's Holland Tunnel, before turning to writing, first short stories and novels, and later, screenplays. When 20th Century Fox produced Under Pressure, his screen adaptation of his novel, Sandhog, he moved to Hollywood and changed his name to Borden Chase, allegedly getting his nominal inspiration from Borden Milk and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Chase provided the story for Anthony Mann's first film, Dr. Broadway, but his screenplays for the director's 1950s westerns, Winchester '73, Bend of the River and The Far Country, along with his Academy Award nomination for Howard Hawks' seminal Red River, were his crowning achievements.
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