(b. January 29 1874
, Portland, Maine
; d. October 14 1956
, New York, New York
) was an American
playwright and dramatist. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize
for his 1923 play Icebound
, set in Veazie, Maine
. Davis lived until he was 15 in Bangor, Maine
. He was remarkably prolific, writing 200 to 300 plays, and numerous radio and film scripts.
He was the father of actor Owen Davis, Jr.
- Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model (1906)
- The Scrap of Paper (1917)
- The Detour (1921)
- Icebound (1923), for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
- The Nervous Wreck (1923), play, later made into the 1926 motion picture of the same name, and the 1944 motion picture Up in Arms; later produced as a musical, Whoopee!, staged on Broadway in 1928 and 1979 and made into the 1930 motion picture of the same name
- The Haunted House (1924)
- Lazybones (1924), made into the 1925 motion picture of the same name
- Beware of Widows (1925)
- Easy Come, Easy Go (1926), play later produced as a musical, Lady Fingers (1929)
- The Great Gatsby (1926), play based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, made into the 1949 motion picture
- The Good Earth (1932), dramatization of the Pearl Buck novel, later produced as the 1937 motion picture, all of the same name
- Jezebel (1933), original play turned into the 1938 motion picture of the same name
- The Convict's Sweetheart
- Ethan Frome (1935), play based on the Edith Wharton novel, produced on Broadway in 1936
- Mr. and Mrs. North (1941), dramatization from short stories by Richard Lockridge and Frances Lockridge, made into the 1942 motion picture
- The Snark Was a Boojum (1943), dramatization of a novel by Richard Shattuck
- No Way Out (1944)
- Webster's Biographical Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam Co., Springfield, MA, 1980.