Martin Quigley Jr.
Born Martin Schofield Quigley, Jr.
(1917-11-24)November 24, 1917
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 5, 2011(2011-02-05) (aged 93)
West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Publisher; politician; author; spy.
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Georgetown University; Columbia University
Subjects motion picture business
Spouse(s) Katherine Dunphy (1946–2011, survives him)

Martin Quigley Jr. (November 24, 1917 – February 5, 2011) was the son of Martin Quigley (1890–1964), founder motion picture trade periodicals including the Motion Picture Herald.[1] The younger Quigley was active in the editing and publication of those periodicals from young adulthood. The elder Quigley was an active proponent and co-author of the Motion Picture Production Code, which governed the content of Hollywood movies from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Quigley Jr. attempted to maintain the influence of the Code, especially in the 1960s as it faded into irrelevance as moral standards changed.[2][3]

Espionage activity[edit | edit source]

During World War II, Quigley Jr. used his publishing position as a cover to gather intelligence in Ireland (where many influential people favored the Axis) and in Italy on behalf of the United States’ Office of Strategic Services (OSS).[2][3]

Political activity[edit | edit source]

He was twice elected mayor of Larchmont, New York.[3]

Authorship[edit | edit source]

Books written or co-written by Martin Quigley Jr. include the following:

  • Magic Shadows - The History of the Origin of Motion Pictures (1948)
  • Catholic Action in Practice: Family, Life, Education, International Life (1963, co-written with Msgr. Edward M. Connors)
  • Peace Without Hiroshima (1991)
  • A U.S. Spy in Ireland (1999)

Religion[edit | edit source]

He was a devout Catholic, and was active in Church activities.[3]

Notes[edit | edit source]

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