Who wrote the poem that contains the lines, "lofty timbers, the walls around are bare. Echoing to our laughter, as though the dead were there"?

Credits go to Garrett Fort - short story writer, playwright, and Hollywood screenwriter.

The line was uttered by Lucy Weston (played by Frances Dade) in the 1931 film, Dracula.

Garrett Fort was born on June 5, 1900 in New York, USA. He started out around 1927, contributing to such silent productions as White Gold.

Fort's first talkie effort was the ground-breaking Rouben Mamoulien production Applause (1929). Many of his 1930s projects were in the horror/melodrama category, notably Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dracula's Daughter (1936) and The Devil Doll (1936).

In these efforts, as well as his 1941 thriller Among the Living, Fort was adept at alternating horrific highlights with bits of unexpected humor.

Other Garrett Fort credits of note include The Lost Patrol (1934), Panama Lady (1939), The Mark of Zorro (1940) and Blood on the Sun (1945).

See Garrett Fort's comprehensive filmography at IMDb.com.

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