Author: Valentine Davies
Born: Aug 25, 1905 New York City, NY
Passed: Jul 23, 1961 Malibu, CA
Film: Miracle on 34th Street
Valentine Davies (August 25, 1905 - July 23, 1961) was an American film and television writer, producer, and director. His credits included Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), and The Benny Goodman Story (1955). He was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story.
Davies was born in New York City, served in the Coast Guard, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He wrote a number of Broadway plays and was president of the Screen Writers Guild and general chairman of the Academy Awards program.
Davies' 1947 novel Miracle on 34th Street was adapted for the screen the same year directed by George Seaton and starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn, earning the author the Academy Award for Best Story.
A 1973 version featured Jane Alexander, David Hartman, Roddy McDowall, Sebastian Cabot as Kris (oddly sans his natural beard; he was forced to shave and wear a false beard for the role), Suzanne Davidson, Jim Backus, David Doyle and Tom Bosley. It was adapted by Jeb Rosebrook from the George Seaton screenplay, and directed by Fielder Cook. Mrs. Walker's first name is changed to Karen in this version. This would prove to be the final version in which the department store was actually Macy's.
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