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Alan Caillou was the nom de plume of Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe M.B.E., M.C. (9 November 1914 – 1 October 2006),
an author, actor, screenwriter, soldier, policeman and professional hunter.
Alan Lyle-Smythe was born in Surrey, England. Prior to World War II he served with the Palestine Police from 1936-1939
where he learned the Arabic language. He was awarded an MBE in June 1938.  He married Aliza Sverdova in 1939,
then studied acting from 1939-1941. 
In January 1940, Lyle-Smyth was commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps. Due to his linguistic skills, he transferred
to the Intelligence Corps and served in the Western Desert where he used the surname "Caillou" (the French word for
'Stone') as an alias. He was captured in North Africa, imprisoned and threatened with execution in Italy, then escaped to join
the British forces at Salerno. He was then posted to serve with the partisans in Yugoslavia. He wrote about his experiences
in the book The World is Six Feet Square (1954). He was promoted to Captain and awarded the Military Cross in 1944. 
Following the war he returned to the Palestine Police from 1946-1947 then served as a Police Commissioner in British
occupied Italian Somaliland from 1947-1952 where he was recommissioned a Captain.  He wrote of these years in the book
Sheba Slept Here.
After work as a District Officer in Somalia and professional hunter, Lyle-Smith travelled to Canada where he worked as a
hunter and then became an actor on Canadian television.
He wrote his first novel Rogue's Gambit in 1955 first using the name of Caillou; one of aliases during the war. Moving from
Vancouver to Hollywood,  he made many appearances as an actor as well as a screenwriter in such shows as Daktari, The
Man From U.N.C.L.E. (including the screenwriting for "The Bow-Wow Affair" from 1965), Thriller, Daniel Boone and Quark
where he played "The Head".
Caillou wrote a variety of 52 paperback thrillers under his own name and a nom de plume of Alex Webb with such heroes as
Cabot Cain, Colonel Matthew Tobin, Mike Benasque, Ian Quayle and Josh Dekker as well as writing many magazine stories.
He also wrote books under female names.
Several of Caillou's novels were filmed such as Rampage with Robert Mitchum in 1963 based on his big game hunting
knowledge, Assault on Agathon with Nico Manardos as Cabot Cain that Caillou did the screenplay as well, and The Cheetahs
filmed in 1989.
He can be seen as a contestant on 23 January 1958 edition of You Bet Your Life.
He died in Sedona, Arizona, USA in 2006.
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4. ^ Authors "C" Of Ultimate Mystery Fiction Web Guide
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8. ^ p.41 Weaver, Tom Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks McFarland 1998
9. ^ Interview with Weaver
Fiction books http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/alan-caillou/
Film work http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0128845/
Works by Alan Caillou on Open Library at the Internet Archive
via Alan Caillou