Sherriff wrote several more plays in the wake of Journey’s End, including St Helena (1936), which he co-wrote with the South African actress Jeanne de Casalis. These plays met with varying degrees of success, never equalling that achieved by Journey’s End. He also published several novels, including Greengates (1936) and The Hopkins Manuscript (1939), which saw him tackle the science fiction genre. For two years from October 1931 he held a special studentship at New College, Oxford, where he later (1937) founded a scholarship.
Sherriff also began his career as a screenplay writer during the 1930s, and he signed his first Hollywood contract in 1932 with Universal Pictures. The rest of the decade saw him travelling back and forth between California and Surrey, while he wrote and co-wrote various film screenplays, including The Invisible Man (1933), One More River (1934) and The Road Back (1937). Scripts for all three of these films survive among his papers. His biggest success came in 1940 when he was nominated along with Eric Maschwitz and Claudine West for an Academy Award for the screenplay for Goodbye, Mr Chips, released in 1939.
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