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Delmer Daves (1904–1977)

Although Delmer Daves obtained a law degree at Stanford University, he never had the opportunity to use it; while still in college, he obtained a job as a prop boy on The Covered Wagon (1923) and after graduation was hired by several film companies as a technical advisor on films with a college background. Soon afterward he entered films as an ... See full bio »

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 1994 Love Affair (1939 screenplay)
 1982 Guiding Light (TV Series) (certain characters created by - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 4 March 1982 (1982) ... (certain characters created by)
 1965 The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (written for the screen by)
 1964 Youngblood Hawke (written for the screen by)
 1963 Spencer's Mountain (written for the screen by)
 1962 Rome Adventure (written for the screen by)
 1961 Susan Slade (written for the screen by)
 1961 Parrish (written by)
 1959 A Summer Place (written by)
 1957 An Affair to Remember (screenplay)
 1956 The Last Wagon (screenplay)
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (original screenplay - 1 episode)
- The Night of January Sixteenth (1956) ... (original screenplay)
 1956 Jubal (screenplay)
 1955 White Feather (screenplay)
 1954 Drum Beat (screenplay) / (story)
 1953 Treasure of the Golden Condor (screenplay)
 1951 Bird of Paradise (screenplay)
 1949 Task Force (written by)
 1947 Dark Passage (screen play by)
 1947 The Red House (written for the screen by)
 1947 Ladies' Man (uncredited)
 1945 Pride of the Marines (uncredited)
 1944 Hollywood Canteen (original screen play)
 1944 The Very Thought of You (screen play)
 1943 Destination Tokyo (screen play)
 1943 Stage Door Canteen (original screenplay)
 1942 You Were Never Lovelier (screenplay)
 1941 The Night of January 16th (screenplay)
 1941 Unexpected Uncle (screen play)
 1940 Young America Flies (Short) (original screenplay)
 1940 Safari (screenplay)
 1940 It All Came True (contributor to treatment - uncredited)
 1940 The Farmer's Daughter (story)
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown (screenplay) / (story)
 1939 Love Affair (screen play)
 1938 Professor Beware (screen play)
 1937 She Married an Artist (screenplay)
 1937 The Singing Marine (original screenplay)
 1937 The Go Getter (screen play)
 1936 The Petrified Forest (screen play)
 1935 Miss Pacific Fleet (contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited)
 1935 Shipmates Forever (story and screenplay)
 1935 Page Miss Glory (screen play)
 1935 Stranded (screenplay)
 1934 Flirtation Walk (original story) / (screen play)
 1934 Dames (screen play) / (story)
 1934 No More Women (screenplay) / (story "Underseas")
 1932 Divorce in the Family (screen play) / (story)
 1931 Shipmates (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1929 So This Is College (screen play)
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My first career was the law - I did graduate law work at Stanford, had my office picked out and everything. I'd acted in twenty plays and directed some, too. Lloyd Nolan and I were classmates and he dearly loved the theatrical profession. He said, "You don't want to be a lawyer, Del, let's go down to the Pasadena Playhouse and do what we really love." My father let me give up eighteen years of ... See more »


Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945." Pages 195-199. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987. See more »



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