American screenwriter Gene Towne started out in 1928, composing subtitles for silent films. Surviving the switchover to talkies, Towne penned screenplays for such movie factories as Warner Bros. and Paramount. From 1937 to 1939, he was most closely associated with independent producer Walter Wanger, collaborating on such films as Stand-In (1937), History is Made at Night (1937), You Only Live Once (1938), and Eternally Yours (1939). Towne briefly worked as a producer in 1940, turning out a pair of literary adaptations, Little Men and Tom Brown's School Days. Gene Towne's final film credit was the 1954 cinemazation of Phil Silvers' Broadway hit Top Banana.