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  • Dark Passage

  • The Red House

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  • Demetrius and the Gladiators

  • Treasure of the Golden Condor

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Youngblood Hawke

  • The Badlanders

  • Flirtation Walk

  • Task Force

  • Pride of the Marines

  • White Feather

  • Broken Arrow

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Delmer Daves Biography

  • Profession: Screenwriter, Director, Producer
  • Born: Jul 24, 1904
  • Died: Aug 17, 1977

While studying civil engineering and law at Stanford University, Delmer Daves secured work as a prop boy for director James Cruze's [[Feature~V11314~The Covered Wagon~thecoveredwagon]] (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 [[Feature~V13423~Destination Tokyo~destinationtokyo]]. In this and his other war-related films [[Feature~V106612~Pride of the Marines~prideofthemarines]] (1945) and [[Feature~V48693~Task Force~taskforce]] (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 [[Feature~V47624~A Summer Place~asummerplace]]. After calling it a day with the high-gloss soap opera [[Feature~V123554~The Battle of the Villa Fioretta~theaffairatvillafiorita]] (1965), Delmar Daves made one last cinematic contribution as one of the on-camera participants in the 1972 documentary [[Feature~V155504~75 Years of Cinema Museum~75yearsofcinemamuseum]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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