Glenn Ford Westerns / the 50’s 3:10 to Yuma / Part 3

15 Aug

“I think the director is becoming more important. To work under rushed conditions, you need to have an extremely professional director. If the director’s good than the end result will be good.”

Glenn Ford
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Delmer Daves

Director / Writer / Producer

DELMER DAVES

Delmer Daves Bio 

“While studying civil engineering and law at Stanford University, Delmer Daves secured work as a prop boy for director James Cruze’s The Covered Wagon (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 Destination Tokyo. In this and his other war-related films Pride of the Marines (1945) and Task Force (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 …”  ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/delmer_daves/biography.php

Delmer Daves Westerns

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bronze wrangler

presented annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to honor the top works in Western music, film, television and literature.

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Nominated for 1959 by Directors Guild of America Award for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
for Cowboy (1958).
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Laurel Award Nominations

1959 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Director
1960 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Director
1961 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
1962 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
1963 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
1964 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Producer/Director
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Next: 3:10 to YumaInfluences 

2 Responses to “Glenn Ford Westerns / the 50’s 3:10 to Yuma / Part 3”

  1. Teepee12 August 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Interesting guy. Didn’t know all that stuff. Thanks.

    • jcalberta August 16, 2013 at 1:54 am #

      Daves seemed to be a complete Director. As a Screenwriter, dialogue, Character development, and character interactions were very important to him. In Direction, every scene is carefully constructed and framed. Including the lighting. In so many ways ‘3:10 to Yuma’ really is a masterful work.

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