Delmer L. Daves was a veteran motion picture writer and director who pioneered the authentic background approach to picture making.
Daves wrote and directed such films as “Destination Tokyo,” “Hollywood Canteen” and “Task Force.” He directed “The Hanging Tree,” “Broken Arrow” and “Never Let Me Go.” He retired in 1964.
Daves and his films were honored at the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany in 1972. His 10 western films received a special Western Heritage Award in 1974. He was a member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
He was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University.