Daniel Taradash

Screenwriter, Director
Daniel Taradash was born in Kentucky and raised in Chicago and Miami Beach. While an undergraduate at Harvard, he met his future producing partner Jules Blaustein. After completing his studies at Harvard, including ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1913 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Writer (18)

From Here to Eternity 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

From Story

The Other Side of Midnight 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Doctors' Wives 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Castle Keep 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Morituri 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bell, Book and Candle 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Picnic 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Don't Bother to Knock 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rancho Notorious 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Knock on Any Door 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Golden Boy 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bogie (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Noose Hangs High (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (1)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Daniel Taradash was born in Kentucky and raised in Chicago and Miami Beach. While an undergraduate at Harvard, he met his future producing partner Jules Blaustein. After completing his studies at Harvard, including obtaining a law degree and passing the New York State bar, he seemed set on a legal career. But when his play "The Mercy" won the 1938 Bureau of New Plays contest (the two previous winners were Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams), it seemed likely Taradash would find success on stage. While his play received a staging at NYU, it was enough of a calling card to land him work in Hollywood, where he proved a smart, capable scripter, often of adaptations. His first assignment was as one of four credited writers on the screen version of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" (1939).

Relationships

Child
has three

Madeleine Forbes

Wife
married on November 29, 1944

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1936
(LLB)

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1933
first met future producing partner Julian Blaustein(AB)

graduated from a Miami high school

Milestones

1977

Final screenplay credit, "The Other Side of Midnight"

1970

Scripted "Doctors Wives"

1966

Received co-writer credit on "Hawaii"; originally he and director Fred Zinnemann had hoped to make two films based on the James Michener novel but financing could not be raised

1959

Made one-shot return to Broadway as playwright of "There Was a Little Girl", starring Jane Fonda

1958

Wrote the screenplay adaptation of "Bell, Book and Candle"

1956

Adapted William Inge's "Picnic"

1956

Directorial debut, "Storm Center" (also wrote)

1953

Earned Academy Award for his screenplay for "From Here to Eternity", adapted from the James Jones novel

1949

Breakthrough screen credit as co-writer of "Knock on Any Door"

1948

Debut as a Broadway playwright, "Red Gloves", adapted from the work by Jean-Paul Sartre

1940

Served in the US Army

1939

First feature credit as one of four credited screenwriters on the film adaptation of "Golden Boy"

1938

Won the Bureau of New Plays nationwide playwrighting contest previously won by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams

1937

Passed New York bar exam

With Julian Blaustein, formed Phoenix Corporation

Raised in Chicago and Miami Beach, Florida

While in the Army, attended Signal Officer Candidate training; assigned to Signal Corps Photo Center (where he re-met Harvard classmate Julian Blaustein); wrote and produced training films

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