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Homer Croy

Born: Mar 11, 1883

Death: May 24, 1965

Birthplace: Nodaway County

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Homer Croy

Date of Birth : Mar 11, 1883
Date of Death : May 24, 1965
Birth Place : Nodaway County

Homer Croy, was an American author and occasional screenwriter who wrote fiction and non-fiction books about life in the Midwestern United States. He also wrote several popular biographies, including books on outlaw Jesse James, humorist Will Rogers and film director D.W. Griffith. Croy was born on a farm northwest of Maryville, Missouri, and published his first book, When to Lock the Stable, in 1914. During World War I he was production manager in Paris, France, for the Community Motion Picture Bureau, which distributed movies to Allied troops. His first successful book was West of the Water Tower published in 1923. It dealt with hypocrisy in a small town, "Junction City," which was a thinly disguised version of Maryville; a sequel, R.F.D. #3, appeared the following year. Croy's most famous work was the novel They Had to See Paris, about a rural couple from Missouri on a European trip. The book was filmed in 1929 as the first talking picture to star Will Rogers. Croy had a long but intermittent association with the motion picture industry.


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Novelist
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