Other Literary Forms
In addition to his plays, John Patrick was the author of more than thirty screenplays, more than one thousand radio plays for the series Cecil and Sally (1929-1933), and a television play, The Small Miracle (1972), with Arthur Dales, from the novel by Paul Gallico. It is worth noting that many of Patrick’s best-known screenplays are those adapted from novels or plays. Look Out, Mr. Moto (1937) and Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938), written with others, were taken from the detective novels of John P. Marquand. The President’s Lady (1953), Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), Les Girls (1957), and Some Came Running (1958) were based on novels by Irving Stone, John H. Secondari, Han Suyin, Vera Caspary, and James Jones, respectively. The Philip Barry play The Philadelphia Story (pr. 1939) provided the basis for High Society (1956), while The World of Susie Wong (1960) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) were adapted from novels by, respectively, Richard Mason and Vern Sneider, and plays by, respectively, Paul Osborn and John Patrick himself. Patrick is also noted for radio dramatizations of novels, and his adaptations for that medium doubtless contributed to the sure grasp of dramatic structure that distinguished Patrick’s stage plays.