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Waldo Salt (I) (1914–1987)

Waldo Salt was one of the many people blacklisted in Hollywood during the Red Scare, but unlike others, Salt recovered triumphantly. He wrote his first scripts in the late 1930s (MGM contract writer, 1936-42) and also served as a civilian consultant to the Office of War Information from 1942- 1945 before being blacklisted in 1951 after refusing to ... See full bio »

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 1978 Coming Home (screenplay)
 1975 The Day of the Locust (screenplay)
 1973 Serpico (screenplay)
 1969 Midnight Cowboy (screenplay)
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Tomoyo (1967) ... (written by)
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Last Rites of a Rag Doll (1965) ... (writer)
 1964 Espionage (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Never Turn Your Back on a Friend (1964) ... (as Mel Davenport)
 1962 Taras Bulba (screenplay)
  Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1961) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1961)
- Scared Witness (1961) ... (written by - as M.L. Davenport)
- The Fugitive (1961) ... (teleplay - as M.L. Davenport)
 1961 Blast of Silence (narration written by - as Mel Davenport)
 1958 Ivanhoe (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- The Circus (1958) ... (writer)
- The Princess (1958) ... (writer)
- The Masons (1958) ... (writer)
- The Prisoner in the Tower (1958) ... (writer)
 1958 Swiss Family Robinson (TV Movie) (teleplay - as Mel Davenport)
 1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Devil Sells His Soul (1956) ... (writer)
- The Case of the Kidnapped Poodle (1956) ... (writer - as Arthur Behrstock)
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- In Houses I Enter (1955) ... (writer)
 1951 M (additional dialogue)
 1950 The Flame and the Arrow (written by)
 1948 Rachel and the Stranger (screenplay)
 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais (screenplay)
 1941 The Wild Man of Borneo (screenplay)
 1940 The Philadelphia Story (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (dialogue - uncredited)
 1938 The Shopworn Angel (screen play)
 1937 The Bride Wore Red (adaptation - uncredited)
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Arthur Behrstock | M.L. Davenport | Mel Davenport

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