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Don Wilson Farran, American writer. Decorated General Alfaro gold medal Ecuador; recipient 1st prize, Liberty Magazine Short Story Contest, 1933, award, Edinburgh Film Festival, 1959, American Film Festival, 1959-1964.


Farran, Don Wilson was born on March 24, 1902 in Rowan, Iowa, United States. Son of John Simon and Charlotte (Duncan) Farran.


Student, University Iowa, 1922—1923. Student, Dartmouth College, 1942—1943.


Officer-in-charge, motion picture production. Editor Federal Writers Project, Des Moines, 1937. State director Federal History Survey, 1937—1938.

Regional director Federal Theatre Service Bureau, Chicago, 1938—1939. National editor Federal American Imprints Inventory, Washington, 1940—1941, national director, 1941—1942. Assistant national director History Records Survey, 1941—1942.

Commissioned lieutenant United States Navy, 1942, advanced through grades to Commander, 1953. Member, offshore search and rescue team World World War II. Writer, director & producer, films United States Navy Coast Guard, 1958—1964.

Retired, 1964

Consultant Iowa Bicentennial, 1976.


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  • Other Work

    • Co-author (with MaMurtrie): (book) Ballad of the Silver Ring, 1935, Wings for Words, 1940. Co-author: (plays) Off The Record, 1939, Broadway D., 1940, Pie in the Sky, 1939, Dirt. Biographer of actor Richard Bennett, 1936.

      Screenwriter (films) United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, State Department, White House, 1942-1964, The Seventh Fleet, 1956. Contributor articles to professional publications.


Fellow: International Academy Poets (England), International Society Biographers. Member: Gypsey Lore Society Great Britain, American Poetry Society (vice president 1928-1929), Iowa Authors Club (president 1933-1934), California Writers Club, Screenwriters Guild America.


John Simon Farran

Charlotte (Duncan) Farran