Valentine Davies

Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist
A notable, if not prolific, Hollywood screenwriter of the 1940s and 50s, Valentine Davies penned scripts which have a marked fondness for nostalgia, fantasy and unabashed sentiment. A novelist, he took up screenwriting ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1905 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

Miracle on 34th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

From Story

Bachelor in Paradise 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Miracle on 34th Street 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

From Story

It Started With a Kiss 1958 (Movie)

(From Story)

Miracle on 34th Street 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

From Story

Strategic Air Command 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Benny Goodman Story 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It Happens Every Spring 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It Happens Every Spring 1949 (Movie)

(From Story)

Miracle on 34th Street 1947 (Movie)

(Story By)

Chicken Every Sunday (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

On the Riviera (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Syncopation (Movie)

(Short Story Author)

Three Little Girls in Blue (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

You Were Meant for Me (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (1)

The Benny Goodman Story 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A notable, if not prolific, Hollywood screenwriter of the 1940s and 50s, Valentine Davies penned scripts which have a marked fondness for nostalgia, fantasy and unabashed sentiment. A novelist, he took up screenwriting in the early 40s, though it took several years before he began regularly receiving screen credit. Davies hit his stride at 20th Century-Fox; some of his most notable work was in collaboration with the team of producer William Perlberg and writer-director George Seaton, specialists in genial, amusing, if slightly bland, family entertainments. After writing the musical "Three Little Girls in Blue" (1946), Davies first collaborated with Perlberg and Seaton, writing the original story for which he was both most acclaimed and best remembered. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), the tale of a department store Santa who turns out to be the real thing, deftly combined farce, romance, whimsy and a Frank Capra-style populism and won Davies an Oscar for Best Original Story.

Milestones

1994

Feature remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"

1962

Annual award in Davies' honor established by the Writers Guild of America

1961

Last feature film credit, "Bachelor in Paradise", for which he wrote the screenplay

1956

Produced the Oscar-nominated short subject, "The House Without a Name"

1955

First of several TV adaptations of "Miracle on 34th Street"

1955

Film directing debut (and sole directorial credit), "The Benny Goodman Story"

1947

First collaboration with producer William Perlberg and director-producer George Seaton, "Miracle on 34th Street"

1941

Earliest feature credits include one for the film, "Syncopation", based on his story, "The Band Played On"

1940

Wrote first screenplay

Affiliated with 20th Century-Fox

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