American journalist

Francis Joseph Xavier Scully; (April 28 1892 – June 23 1964)[1][4] was an American journalist, author, humorist, and a regular columnist for the entertainment trade magazine Variety.

Scully studied journalism at Columbia University, was on the reporting staff at The New York Sun, and was a contributor to Variety.[5] His authored books include Rogue’s Gallery[6] and Fun In Bed: The Convalescent’s Handbook.[7] Scully received a screenwriting credit for the American version of the film Une fée… pas comme les autres (The Secret of Magic Island).[8]
Scully publicized the Aztec, New Mexico UFO hoax when, in 1949, he authored two columns in Variety claiming that dead extraterrestrial beings were recovered from a flying saucer crash.[9][10][11]
Scully’s 1950 book Behind the Flying Saucers expanded on the themes of flying saucer crashes and dead extraterrestrials, with Scully describing one of his sources as having “more degrees than a thermometer.”[12] In 1952 and 1956, True magazine published articles by San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Philip Cahn[13][14]
that purported to expose Scully’s sources as con artists who had hoaxed Scully.[15] Scully’s 1963 book In Armour Bright also included material about alleged flying saucer crashes and dead extraterrestrials.[16]


Contributions, introductions, forewords[edit]
Tchirikova, Olga Wassilieff (1934). Scully, Frank (ed.). Sandrik, Child of Russia. Introduction by Grand Duke Alexander. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company. OCLC 1522799.
Kirkus, Virginia (1935). Scully, Frank (ed.). Fun in Bed For Children: First Aid in Getting Well Cheerfully. New York: Simon & Schuster. OCLC 4054743.
—— (1935). Scully, Frank (ed.). Junior Fun in Bed: Making a Holiday of Convalescence. New York: Simon & Schuster. OCLC 5859811.
Scully, Frank (1940). “The Beaut from Montana”. In Gingrich, Arnold (ed.). The Bedside Esquire. New York: Tudor Publishing Company. OCLC 706396.
Sper, Norman (1942). Norman Sper’s Football Almanac [Eastern section, 1942]. Introduction by Frank Scully. New York: Greenberg, Inc. OCLC 31249461.
Francis, Dale (1960). Kneeling in the Bean Patch. Forewords by Frank Scully. New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons. OCLC 3026310.
Walker, Gerald, ed. (1963). My Most Memorable Christmas. A Pocket Book special, 10021. Anecdote contributed by Frank Scully. New York: Pocket Books. OCLC 4182787.
Feature films[edit]
Scully, Frank (Writer (1964 U.S. version)) (1957). Une fée… pas comme les autres (Motion picture) (in French). France/Italy: Cine del Duco, Del Duca Films.[17]

See also[edit]


^ a b “Frank Scully, Columnist, Dies; Defied Disabilities With Jests”. The New York Times. 25 June 1964.

^ “Frank Scully, Author of Cheer Books for Invalids, Dies at 72”. Desert Sun. June 25, 1964.

^ “Alice Mellbye Pihl Scully”. Variety. New York. 3 December 1996. Retrieved 2 April 2013.

^ a b Scully, Frank. “Frank Skully”. Retrieved 28 March 2013. Originally published by Walter Romig in The Book of Catholic Authors

^ “A LIFETIME OF ILLNESS Frank Scully, Author of Cheer Books for Invalids, Dies at 72”. California Digital Newspaper Collection. DL Consulting. Retrieved 2022-03-04.

^ “Rogue’s Gallery (1972 edition)”. Open Library. Internet Archives. Retrieved 2022-03-04.

^ “Fun in bed; the convalescent’s handbook”. Internet Archive. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2022-03-04.

^ “The Secret of Magic Island”. TCM Turner Classic Movies. Turner Classic Movies, Inc. Retrieved 2022-03-04.

^ Scully, Frank (12 October 1949). “One Flying Saucer Lands In New Mexico”. Variety. New York.

^ Scully, Frank (23 November 1949). “Flying Saucers Dismantled, Secrets May Be Lost”. Variety. New York.

^ “Variety (November 1949)”. 1949.

^ Reece, Gregory L. (2007). UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture. London; New York: I. B. Tauris. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-845-11451-0.

^ Cahn, J.P. (September 1952). “The Flying Saucers and the Mysterious Little Men” (PDF). True. pp. 17–19, 102–112. Retrieved 29 March 2013.

^ Cahn, J.P. (August 1956). “Flying Saucer Swindlers” (PDF). True. pp. 36–37, 69–72. Retrieved 30 March 2013.

^ Bartholomew, Robert E.; Howard, George S. (1998). UFOs & Alien Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. p. 193. ISBN 978-1-573-92200-5.

^ Scully, Frank (1963). In Armour Bright: Cavalier Adventures of My Short Life Out of Bed. Introduction by Jack Paar (1st ed.). Philadelphia: Chilton Books. OCLC 1393335.

^ Une fée… pas comme les autres (1957) at IMDb

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