Noel Langley was a successful Broadway playwright. Langley began writing for films in the late '30s, most notably on the musicals Maytime and The Wizard of Oz. After World War Two he entered the British film industry, working on such memorable films as Trio, Scrooge(aka A Christmas Carol), Tom Brown's Schooldays, and Richard Thorpe's swashbucklers Ivanhoe and The Prisoner of Zenda. Langley began directing his own scripts in 1952 with his Dickens' adaptation The Pickwick Papers; he went on to helm the sex farce Our Girl Friday (aka The Adventures of Sadie), Svengali with Donald Wolfit, and the fact-based occult drama The Search for Bridey Murphy. His later scriptwriting credits include The Vagabond King for director Michael Curtiz and Snow White and the Three Stooges.