Delmer Lawrence Daves (July 24, 1904 - August 17, 1977) was an American screenwriter, director and producer. 
He would be known for his dramas and for the Western adventures that saw heroes battle Indians, nature, and outlaws, the two most acclaimed of these being
and Broken Arrow . In addition, Daves would work with some of the most famous actors of the time; a few would make several movies with him, including 3:10 to Yuma Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford, Richard Egan, Alan Ladd, Troy Donahue, Ernest Borgnine, and Rossano Brazzi. He also launched soon-to-be-famous stars like Anne Bancroft, Olivia Hussey, George C. Scott, Sandra Dee, and Charles Bronson.  
Life and career
San Francisco, Delmer Daves first pursued a career as a lawyer. While attending Stanford University, he became interested in the burgeoning film industry, first working as a prop boy on the western (1923), directed by The Covered Wagon James Cruze and serving as a technical advisor on a number of films. 
After finishing his education in law, he continued his career in
Screenwriter and actor at MGM
After moving to Hollywood in 1928, he became a screenwriter at MGM, his first credit being the "
talkie" comedy (1929), released by So This Is College MGM, directed by Sam Wood. It was Robert Montgomery's film debut.
Daves also moonlighted as an actor making small appearances in films like
(1928) (produced by Cruze), The Night Flyer (1928), and several films directed by Cruze: Three Sinners (1928) , The Mating Call (1928), Excess Baggage (1929), and The Duke Steps Out (1929), as well as A Man's Man (1929), which he wrote. So This Is College 
Daves appeared in
(1930) and The Bishop Murder Case (1930).
He wrote and appeared in
(1931) and Shipmates (1931) and worked uncredited on Divorce in the Family (1931) and Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931).
Daves then focused on writing, working on scripts for
(1933) at MGM, and Clear All Wires! (1934) at Paramount.
No More Women
Daves signed a contract at
Warner Bros. where he wrote some musicals: (1934) and Dames (1934). He followed this with Flirtation Walk (1935), Stranded (1935) (for Page Miss Glory Cosmopolitan Pictures), (1935), and Shipmates Forever (1935).
Miss Pacific Fleet
Daves' first really significant credit as screenwriter was
(1936). He wrote The Petrified Forest (1937), The Go Getter (1937), The Singing Marine (1938) (over at Columbia) and She Married an Artist (1938) for Professor Beware Harold Lloyd at Paramount. He worked uncredited on (1937).
Daves had a big critical and commercial success with
(1939) at RKO. (Almost twenty years later, Love Affair Leo McCarey, director of Love Affair, helmed the nearly identical (1957) using Daves' script.)
An Affair to Remember
He was very much in demand as a writer, his credits including two films at Paramount,
(1939) and $1000 a Touchdown (1940). He did The Farmer's Daughter (1940) at Warners and It All Came True (1940) at Paramount.
Daves wrote a propaganda short,
Young America Flies (1940) then did (1941) at RKO, Unexpected Uncle (1941) at Paramount, and The Night of January 16th (1942) at Columbia. He also helped write You Were Never Lovelier (1943), a huge hit for Warners.
Stage Door Canteen
Daves made his directorial debut in the
Cary Grant wartime adventure (1943). Destination Tokyo 
He followed it with
(1944), The Very Thought of You (1944), and Hollywood Canteen (1945). All these films were very successful commercially. Pride of the Marines 
Daves was a writer only on
He wrote and directed
(1947) for The Red House Sol Lesser at United Artists.
Back at Warners he wrote and directed
(1947), Dark Passage which utilized a first-person approach to great effect. He directed Richard Brooks' script in  (1948), directed To the Victor (1949) and wrote and directed A Kiss in the Dark (1949) with Gary Cooper.
20th Century Fox
In February 1949 Daves signed a long term contract at Fox.
He directed the critically acclaimed  (1950) at Broken Arrow 20th Century Fox, which made a star of Jeff Chandler.  
He wrote and directed
(1951) at Fox; directed Bird of Paradise (1952); and wrote and directed Return of the Texan (1953) at Fox. Treasure of the Golden Condor 
As director only he did
(1953) at MGM and Never Let Me Go (1954).
Demetrius and the Gladiators
He returned to Warners to write, produce and directed
(1954) with Drum Beat Alan Ladd, for Ladd's company. 
Daves was a writer only on
(1955) for Fox. He wrote and directed White Feather (1956) at Columbia and Jubal (1956) at Fox. The Last Wagon 
He directed two films at Columbia,
(1957) at Columbia and 3:10 to Yuma (1958). Daves garnered a Cowboy Directors Guild of America Award nomination for his work on Cowboy.
He also directed
(1958) for Kings Go Forth United Artists, (1958) with Ladd at MGM and The Badlanders (1959).
The Hanging Tree
Delmer Daves Productions
Daves wrote, produced and directed a series of films with
Troy Donahue at Warners: (1959), A Summer Place (1961), Parrish (1961) and Susan Slade (1962).
Daves final films were all at Warners
(1963) at Warners, Spencer's Mountain (1964) and Youngblood Hawke (1965). The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1963), which he wrote, directed, and produced, based upon Spencer's Mountain Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel of the same name, and served as the basis for the popular television series . The Waltons 
Daves was married to actress
Mary Lawrence from 1938 until his death on August 17, 1977.
He is interred at
Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
(1929, writer - uncredited) Queen Kelly
(1929) The Duke Steps Out
(1929, screenplay) So This Is College
(1931, adaptation and dialogue) Shipmates
(1934, writer) Dames
(1934, writer) Flirtation Walk
(1935, writer) Page Miss Glory
(1936, writer) The Petrified Forest
(1937, writer) The Go Getter
(1939, writer) Love Affair
(1941, co-writer with Night of January 16th Robert Pirosh)
(1942, writer) You Were Never Lovelier
(1943, writer) Stage Door Canteen
(1943, director and writer) Destination Tokyo
(1944, director and writer) The Very Thought of You
(1944, director and writer) Hollywood Canteen
(1947, director and writer) The Red House
(1947, director and writer) Dark Passage
(1949, director and writer) Task Force
(1949, director) A Kiss in the Dark
(1950, director) Broken Arrow
(1951, director and writer) Bird of Paradise
(1953 director and co-writer) Treasure of the Golden Condor
(1953, director) Never Let Me Go
(1954, director, writer, and producer) Drum Beat
(1954, director) Demetrius and the Gladiators
(1955, writer) White Feather
(1956, director and writer) The Last Wagon
(1956, director and writer) Jubal
(1957, director) 3:10 to Yuma
(1957, writer) An Affair to Remember
(1958, director) Cowboy
(1958, director) Kings Go Forth
(1958, director) The Badlanders
(1959, director) The Hanging Tree
(1959, director, writer, and producer) A Summer Place
(1961, director, writer, and producer) Parrish
(1962, director, co-writer, producer) Rome Adventure
(1963, director, writer, and producer) Spencer's Mountain
(1964, director, writer) Youngblood Hawke (1965, director, producer, writer) The Battle of the Villa Fiorita
"Delmer Daves". . The New York Times
^ Delmer Daves, Motion Picture Executive, Actor
The Washington Post 19 Aug 1977: C8.
^ FILMS BY DELMER DAVES
Pinkerton, Nick. Sight and Sound; London Vol. 23, Iss. 7, (Jul 2013): 97
^ a b Delmer Daves Recalls His Route to the Top: Hollywood Letter
By Richard Dyer MacCann. The Christian Science Monitor 11 Mar 1958: 11.
^ a b The ethical romantic
Tavernier, Bertrand. Film Comment; New York Vol. 39, Iss. 1, (Jan/Feb 2003): 42-49.
^ Daves Clicks as Director
Lusk, Norbert. Los Angeles Times 11 Jan 1944: 8.
^ a b c
"Delmer Daves Filmography". . The New York Times
^ Vera Ralston to Join John Wayne in 'Eagles;' 20th Signs Delmer Daves
Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 24 Feb 1949: 21.
^ Steigers Act Out Breakup of a Marriage: Breakup Acted Out by Steigers
Loynd, Ray. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 June 1969: d1.
^ 'Drum Beat' Superior Frontier Melodrama
Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 11 Nov 1954: A13.
^ HOLLYWOOD'S LITERARY SET: Gay Cocktail Party Scene From 'Youngblood Hawke' Transcribed to Warner Drama by Delmer Daves Drinking Bout Writer's Guide
By MURRAY SCHUMACH. New York Times 19 May 1963: X7.