"When a man is staring out a window, no wife will believe he is hard at
work." I couldn't remember who said it, but Burbank resident Dan McBride
did. It was the late screenwriter Nunnally Johnson. McBride even sent me
an excerpt from a collection of Johnson's published letters, a forward
written by Johnson's widow. In it Dorris Johnson mentioned the lament.
Given her husband's credits, his screenplays included "The Grapes of
Wrath," and "The Dirty Dozen," I suspect she eventually came to believe