Delmer Daves Edit Profile
Studied at Stanford University.
After Stanford University, Daves began as an assistant to Janies Cruze in 1927 and worked at MGM as a technical advisor on college movies and as an actor: The Duke Steps Out (29, Cmze); The Bishop Murder Case (30, Nick Grinde); and Good News (30, Grinde). It is most suitable to regard him as a grown-up boy and a purveyor of nonreflective action movies. He spent most of tbe 1930s as a scriptwriter: So This Is College (29, Sam Wood); Shipmates (31, Harry Pollard); Flirtation Walk (34, Frank Borzage); Page Miss Glory (35, Mervyn Le Bov); The Go-Getter (37, Busby Berkeley); The Singing Marine (37, Rav Enright); The Petrified Forest (36, Archie Mayo); Love Affair (39, Leo McCarey); and You Were Never Lovelier (42, William A. Seiter). Writing many of his own scripts, he made his debut with a war movie.
There have been two purple passages in his career—1947, with The Red House, an Edward G. Robinson melodrama, and Dark Passage, a Bogart thriller; and then in the mid-1950s with several well-characterized Westerns that made full use ol Daves’s eye for dramatic landscape and crane shots: Drum Beat; Jubal; The Last Wagon; Cowboy. 3:10 to Yuma does not deserve its high reputation, largely because of its contrived situation and Glenn Fords inability to be nasty'. Daves’s long association with Warners had an unhappy climax in the 1960s with a series of romances that he made with the studios hopeful young talent (notably Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue—doll-kids). But Daves always seemed to enjoy his own films and it would take a severe viewer to hold out entirely.