Quentin Reynolds

Quentin James Reynolds (April 11, 1902 – March 17, 1965) was an American journalist and World War II war correspondent. He also played American football for one season in the National Football League (NFL) with the Brooklyn Lions.[1]

Quentin Reynolds
Reynolds in 1926
Quentin James Reynolds

(1902-04-11)April 11, 1902
DiedMarch 17, 1965(1965-03-17) (aged 62)
Occupation(s)Journalist, WWII correspondent
Years active1933–1963

Early life and education

Reynolds was born on April 11, 1902, in The Bronx. He attended Manual Training High School in Brooklyn and Brown University. At Brown, he played college football as a tackle and starred as a breaststroker on the swimming team.[2]


As an associate editor at Collier's Weekly from 1933 to 1945, Reynolds averaged 20 articles a year. He also published 25 books, including The Wounded Don't Cry, London Diary, Dress Rehearsal, and Courtroom, a biography of lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. His autobiography was titled By Quentin Reynolds.

After World War II, Reynolds was best known for his 1955 libel suit against right-wing Hearst columnist Westbrook Pegler, who called him "yellow" and an "absentee war correspondent". Reynolds, represented by noted attorney Louis Nizer, won $175,001 (approximately $1.9 million in 2022 dollars), at the time the largest libel judgment ever.[3][4] The trial was later made into a Broadway play, A Case of Libel, which was twice adapted as TV movies.

In 1953, Reynolds was the victim of a major literary hoax when he published The Man Who Wouldn't Talk, the supposedly true story of a Canadian war hero, George Dupre, who claimed to have been captured and tortured by German soldiers. When the hoax was exposed, Bennett Cerf, of Random House, Reynolds's publisher, reclassified the book as fiction.[5]

On December 8, 1950, Reynolds debuted as a television actor in "The Ponzi Story", an episode of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse.[6] Reynolds was a personal friend of British media mogul Sidney Bernstein. In 1956, Reynolds paid a visit to England to co-host Meet the People, the launch night program for Manchester-based Granada Television (now ITV Granada) which Bernstein founded.[7]

Reynolds was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[8]


Reynolds died of cancer, on March 17, 1965, at Travis Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, California.[9]


  • Parlor, Bedlam and Bath (with S. J. Perelman), Liveright, 1930
  • The Wounded Don't Cry, E P Dutton, 1941
  • A London Diary, Angus & Robertson, 1941
  • Convoy, Random House, 1942
  • Only the Stars are Neutral, Random House, 1942; Blue Ribbon Books, 1943
    World War II propaganda poster showing off the contributions of the Union Pacific Railroad, bearing the title of Reynolds 1942 book Only the Stars are Neutral. In small letters it notes "By special permission of Quentin Reynolds".
  • Dress Rehearsal: The Story of Dieppe, Random House, 1943
  • The Curtain Rises, Random House, 1944
  • Officially Dead: The Story of Commander C D Smith, USN; The Prisoner the Japs Couldn’t Hold No. 511 Random House, 1945 (Published by Pyramid Books under the title He Came Back in multiple printings in the 1960s and early 1970s.)
  • 70,000 to 1 (Seventy Thousand to One); True War Adventure, 1946
  • The Wright Brothers, Pioneers of American Aviation, Random House Landmark Books, 1950
  • Courtroom; The Story of Samuel S Leibowitz, Farrar, Straus and Co, 1950
  • Custer's Last Stand, Random House, 1951
  • The Battle of Britain, Random House, 1953
  • The Amazing Mr Doolittle; A Biography of Lieutenant General James H Doolittle, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953
  • The Man Who Wouldn't Talk, 1953
  • I, Willie Sutton, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1953
  • The FBI, Random House Landmark Books, 1954
  • Headquarters, Harper & Brothers, 1955
  • The Fiction Factory; or, From Pulp Row to Quality Street; The Story of 100 years of Publishing at Street & Smith, Random House 1955
  • They Fought for the Sky; The Dramatic Story of the First War in the Air, Rinehart & Company, 1957
  • Minister of Death: The Adolf Eichmann Story (by Zwy Aldouby and Quentin James Reynolds), Viking 1960
  • Known But to God; The Story of the “Unknowns” of America’s War Memorials, John Day 1960
  • Winston Churchill, Random House 1963
  • By Quentin Reynolds, McGraw Hill, 1963
  • Britain Can Take It! (based on the film)
  • Don't Think It Hasn't Been Fun
  • The Life of Saint Patrick
  • Macapagal, the Incorruptible
  • A Secret for Two
  • With Fire and Sword; Great War Adventures


See also

  • London Can Take It! (1940), narrated by Reynolds
  • Christmas Under Fire (1941), written and narrated by Reynolds
  • Nazi Eyes on Canada (1942)
  • Reynolds v. Pegler


  1. "Quentin Reynolds Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. "Brooklyn Swim Star Now Coach". The Brooklyn Daily Times. Brooklyn, New York. March 11, 1924. p. 13. Retrieved August 26, 2022 via Newspapers.com .
  3. "The Press: Reynolds v. Pegler". Time. July 5, 1954. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  4. "223 F2d 429 Reynolds v. Pegler | OpenJurist".
  5. "The Press: The Man Who Talked". Time. Nov 23, 1953. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  6. "Quentin Reynolds In Debut Friday as Television Actor". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 3, 1950. p. 5 G. Retrieved April 20, 2021 via Newspapers.com.
  7. TVARK - Granada Television: Idents Archived February 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed on September 2, 2011.
  8. "Delta Tau Delta | About Us: Subpage". Archived from the original on May 15, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  9. "Reynolds, Famed Newsman". San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco, California. March 18, 1965. p. 32. Retrieved August 26, 2022 via Newspapers.com .
  10. "Quentin Reynolds". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
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