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Also Known As: Valentine L Davies Died: July 23, 1961
Born: August 25, 1905 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, novelist, director, playwright

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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.

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.

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  The Benny Goodman Story (1956) Director

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1941:
Wrote first screenplay
1942:
Earliest feature credits include one for the film, "Syncopation", based on his story, "The Band Played On"
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Affiliated with 20th Century-Fox
1947:
First collaboration with producer William Perlberg and director-producer George Seaton, "Miracle on 34th Street"
1955:
Film directing debut (and sole directorial credit), "The Benny Goodman Story"
1955:
First of several TV adaptations of "Miracle on 34th Street"
1956:
Produced the Oscar-nominated short subject, "The House Without a Name"
1961:
Last feature film credit, "Bachelor in Paradise", for which he wrote the screenplay
1962:
Annual award in Davies' honor established by the Writers Guild of America
1994:
Feature remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"
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