Norman Conquest

Created by Berkely Gray (pseudonym of Edwy Searles Brooks; also wrote under the names Robert W. Comrade, Victor Gunn, Rex Madison and Carlton Ross; 1889-1965)

NORMAN CONQUEST (aka "1066) was an adventurer, rogue and sometime detective-for-hire, very popular in Britain from the late thirties through the sixties, very much in the mold of, say, The Toff or The Saint. He certainly didn't rack up the frequent flyer points like the globetrotting Simon Templar did, however, remaining for the most part in the U.K., with only occasionally forays onto the continent. He also had a true-blue (and beautiful, of course) girlfriend, Joy "Pixie" Everard, who stood by his side in fifty novels.

Sadly, he seems almost completely forgotten these days.

Born in Hackney, London and educated at Banham Manor School Norfolk, British pulp writer Brooks married Frances Goldstein in 1918, who became his assistant and collaborator through the years. Brooks, and cut his writing teeth in the early British pulps, including penning over seventy Sexton Blake stories before he began creating about his own characters, including a series featuring Chief Inspector Bill ("Ironsides") Cromwell under the pen name of Victor Gunn. Thre last book in the Conquest series, Conquest in Ireland (1969), was completed by Frances.

NOVELS

  • Mr. Mortimer Gets the Jitters (1938)
  • Vultures, Ltd. (1938)
  • Conquest Marches On (1939)
  • Leave It to Conquest (1939)
  • Miss Dynamite (1939)
  • Conquest Takes All (1940)
  • Convict 1066 (1940)
  • Meet the Don (1940)
  • Six to Kill (1940)
  • Six Feet of Dynamite (1941)
  • Thank You, Mr. Conquest (1941)
  • Blonde for Danger (1943)
  • Cavalier Conquest (1944)
  • The Gay Desperado (1944)
  • Alias Norman Conquest (1945)
  • Mr. Ball of Fire (1946)
  • Killer Conquest (1947)
  • The Conquest Touch (1948)
  • The Spot Marked X (1948)
  • Duel Murder (1949)
  • Dare-Devil Conquest (1950)
  • Seven Dawns to Death (1950)
  • Conquest in Scotland (1951)
  • Operation Conquest (1951)
  • The Lady Is Poison (1952)
  • The Half-Open Door (1953)
  • Target for Conquest (1953)
  • Conquest Goes West (1954)
  • Follow the Lady (1954)
  • Turn Left for Danger (1955)
  • Conquest in Command (1956)
  • The House of the Lost (1956)
  • Conquest After Midnight (1957)
  • Conquest Goes Home (1957)
  • Conquest in California (1958)
  • Death on the Hit Parade (1958)
  • The Big Brain (1959)
  • Murder & Co. (1959)
  • Conquest on the Run (1960)
  • Nightmare House (1960)
  • Call Conquest for Danger (1961)
  • Get Ready to Die (1961)
  • Conquest in the Underworld (1962)
  • Count Down for Conquest (1963)
  • Castle Conquest (1964)
  • Conquest Overboard (1964)
  • Calamity Conquest (1965)
  • Conquest Likes It Hot (1965)
  • Curtains for Conquest? (1966)
  • Conquest Calls the Tune (1968)
  • Conquest in Ireland (1969)

FILMS

  • PARK PLAZA 605.. Watch it now
    (aka "Norman Conquest")
    (1953, B&A Productions)
    Based on the novel Dare-Devil Conquest by Berkeley Gray
    Written by Bertram Ostrer, Albert Fennell, Bernard Knowles, Clifford Witting
    Directed by Bernard Knowles Tom Conway as NORMAN CONQUEST Eva Bartok, Joy Shelton, Sid James
    Starring
    Also starring

Conway, who also played The Falcon, actually plays a private eye in this one, a relatively decent British B. And Carry On fans should get a kick out of seeing Sid James in a relatively straight role as a cop.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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