R. J. Minney
RJ Minney was born in Calcutta in 1895 as Reuben Joseph Minney. Minney’s great uncle was E M D Cohen, the religious leader of the Calcutta community. When he emigrated to England he took the name of Rubeigh James Minney.
He was an accomplished novelist, playwright, biographer and film producer. He traveled extensively including having taken a journey to Tibet on horseback. He was among the first to fly across India and traveled a great deal in Europe and Asia. While in India he was on the editorial staff of The Pioneer, Allahabad and The Englishman. For a short period of time he worked in a film studio in Hollywood and wrote scripts thereafter for the Rank Organization in London.
As a journalist he served as the editor of Everybody’s, Sunday Referee and the Strand Magazine. Among the films he produced were The Wicked Lady, Madonna of the Seven Moons and The Final Text. He was also a prolific writer and his books include Gentle Ceasar, Tsar Nicholas II and Clive of India, which is a biolgraphy, play and film. Winston Churchill praised the play in the London Daily Mail.
His more than thirty books include a study of Charlie Chaplin's life work entitled Chaplin - The Immortal Tramp and Carve Her Name With Pride, the work of Violette Szabo who was posthumously awarded the George Cross, also filmed.
Minney was also a politician in the Labor Party.
He died in England in 1979.