John Steinbeck: A Medal for Benny (2676 words)


A Medal for Benny was initially an idea for a movie conceived by John Steinbeck’s boyhood friend, Jack Wagner, who enlisted the author’s help to write a story line that eventually became a Frank Butler screenplay. The original film appeared in 1945 and starred well-known actress, Dorothy Lamour as Lolita Sierra, the supposed love interest of Benny, a California ne’er-do-well paisano, and J. Carrol Naish as Benny’s father, Charley Martin, a role which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor and a win at the Golden Globe Awards in the same category. Produced by Paramount Pictures and directed by Irving Pichel, A Medal for Benny told the story of a wild and reckless young man (somewhat like …

Citation: Meyer, Michael J.. "A Medal for Benny". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2009 [, accessed 24 February 2021.]

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