Delmer Daves

Delmer Daves

Highest Rated: 100% Jubal (1956)

Lowest Rated: 60% Dames (1934)

Birthday: Jul 24, 1904

Birthplace: Not Available

While studying civil engineering and law at Stanford University, Delmer Daves secured work as a prop boy for director James Cruze's The Covered Wagon (1923). So fascinated was Daves by the Native Americans working on this film that he forsook a law career to live in Arizona among the Hopi and Navajo. He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, appearing in a few early talkies before turning to screenwriting. In 1944 he directed his first film, the low-key combat drama Destination Tokyo. In this and his other war-related films Pride of the Marines (1945) and Task Force (1949), writer/director Daves emphasized the anxieties and tribulations of the individual soldier, rather than resorting to gaudy Hollywood heroics. In 1951, Daves formed his own production company, Double-D productions. Most of his best 1950s films were westerns, which like his war pictures favored slowly escalating personal tensions over wanton gunplay. His most successful film was the 1959 movie A Summer Place. After calling it a day with the high-gloss soap opera The Battle of the Villa Fioretta (1965), Delmar Daves made one last cinematic contribution as one of the on-camera participants in the 1972 documentary 75 Years of Cinema Museum.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Youngblood Hawke Producer Screenwriter Director 1964
No Score Yet Spencer's Mountain Screenwriter Director Producer 1963
No Score Yet Rome Adventure Producer Director Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Susan Slade Producer Director Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet Parrish Director Screenwriter Producer 1961
83% A Summer Place Producer Director Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet The Hanging Tree Director 1959
No Score Yet The Badlanders Director 1958
No Score Yet Kings Go Forth Director 1958
96% 3:10 to Yuma Director 1957
63% An Affair to Remember Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet The Last Wagon Screenwriter Director 1956
100% Jubal Director Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Drum Beat Screenwriter Director Producer 1955
No Score Yet White Feather Screenwriter 1955
83% Demetrius and the Gladiators Director 1954
No Score Yet Never Let Me Go Director 1953
No Score Yet Treasure of the Golden Condor Screenwriter Director 1953
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise Producer Director Screenwriter 1951
89% Broken Arrow Director 1950
No Score Yet Task Force Director Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet A Kiss In The Dark Director 1949
93% Dark Passage Director Screenwriter 1947
80% The Red House Director Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Pride of the Marines Director 1945
No Score Yet The Very Thought of You Screenwriter Director 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Director Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Screenwriter 1943
80% Destination Tokyo Screenwriter Director 1943
100% You Were Never Lovelier Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Safari Screenwriter 1940
86% Love Affair Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Professor Beware Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet She Married an Artist Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet The Singing Marine Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet The Go Getter Screenwriter 1937
100% The Petrified Forest Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Stranded Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Shipmates Forever Screenwriter 1935
100% Flirtation Walk Screenwriter 1934
60% Dames Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Clear All Wires Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet The Bishop Murder Case Raymond Sperling 1930
No Score Yet Good News Beef 1930
No Score Yet So This Is College Screenwriter USC Player (uncredited) 1929


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