Novelist, ad exec produced film late in life

Robert Page Jones, writer and exec producer of “Kings of the Evening” (2010), died from complications of cancer in La Jolla, Calif., on Feb. 22. He was 81.

Page Jones’ first novel, “The Heisters,” was adapted into the 1967 film “That Man George” (aka “L’homme de Marrakech”), starring George Hamilton and Claudette Auger.

In 2007 Page Jones wrote and produced the feature “Kings of the Evening,” a story of life during the Depression, with his youngest son, director Andrew P. Jones. The film won several awards on the festival circuit and saw a small theatrical rollout in 2010. The indie pic starred Glynn Turman, Lynn Whitfield and Linara Washington, who become Page Jones’ daughter-in-law when she married Andrew in 2011.

Page Jones’ other novels included “Operation Countdown,” “Wine of the Generals,” “The Man Who Killed Hitler” and “The Coventry Code,” co-authored with Evonne Old. Page also wrote novelettes published in the men’s pulp magazine Manhunt in the 1960s.

Page Jones’ uncle, T. Page Wright, penned shorts for Universal in the 1920s. Page Wright was also a well-known magician who created and published illusions with his writing partner, Bill Larsen Sr. Page Jones’ older brother, Bascom Jones, was creator and publisher of Magick magazine.

In the early 1950s Page Jones served in the Air Force, where he was assigned to Special Services, writing and directing shows for U.S. troops stationed in Europe. Afterwards he took a job as a copywriter for San Diego advertising agency Philips-Ramsey, where he eventually became president and CEO. He retired in the ’80s shortly before the Interpublic Group purchased the agency.

In addition to Andrew, Page Jones is survived by son Derek Jones; daughter Erin Jones-Seip; his older brother David Jones; seven grandchildren; and his partner of many years, Dr. Susan T. Kleeman.

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