Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Langley, Noel

(1911-1980) South African-born writer, long resident in the UK, but more successful in the USA (where he died) as a screenwriter and movie director. He provided the basic script for The Wizard of Oz (1939) and also scripted Scrooge (1951; > A Christmas Carol) and Svengali (1954). The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger (1937; vt The Land of Green Ginger 1947; cut 1966) is an Arabian Fantasy which has influenced writers such as Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones. The Rift in the Lute (1952) is also fantasy. Tales of Mystery and Revenge (coll 1950) contains mostly Horror. [JC]

Noel A Langley


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.