* Walter B. Newman,who wrote the screenplays...


* Walter B. Newman,who wrote the screenplays for "The Man With the Golden Arm" and "Cat Ballou," died of lung cancer Thursday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The 77-year-old New York City native began writing radio dramas, notably "The Halls of Ivy," with Ronald Coleman, and "Columbia Workshop." He was also a co-writer of the pilot episode for the radio series "Gunsmoke," which established the characters that were later popular in the television series of the same name. In 1951, he wrote his first screenplay, "Ace in the Hole," with Billy Wilder, who directed the film, which was later known by the title "The Big Carnival." His other screenplays include "Underwater" (1955), "The True Story of Jesse James" (1957), "Crime and Punishment U.S.A." (1959), "The Interns" (1962) and "The Champ" (1979). Three of his screenplays were nominated for Academy Awards: "Ace in the Hole," "Cat Ballou" (1965) and "Blood Brothers" (1978).

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