Dale Van Every

Dale Van Every (July 23, 1896, Van, Michigan – May 28, 1976, Santa Barbara, California) was an American writer, film producer and studio executive.


Van Every's parents were Wilbert and Estella (Palmer) Van Every from Petoskey, Michigan.[1] He graduated from a San Bernardino, California-area high school in 1914 and attended Stanford University.[1]

When the United States entered World War I, "in his junior year he enlisted with the Stanford ambulance unit, serving overseas for about three years, first in the ambulance corps, later as a commissioned officer in the Convois Automobils [sic].[1]

He graduated from Stanford in 1920[1][2] and went to work for the United Press news agency, first in New York, then around 1921, as a bureau chief in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[1][2] He eventually quit and pursued writing.

With Morris DeHaven Tracy, he wrote a biography of Charles Lindbergh which was published in 1927, the year Lindbergh made his famous solo trip across the Atlantic.[3] He also wrote a number of historical non-fiction works, including a four-volume series on the American frontier experience.[4] His first novel, Telling the World, was made into a 1928 movie of the same name; William Haines played a journalist who gets involved in a murder.[5][6]

Van Every went to Hollywood to work on the film[6] and began writing screenplays. In 1934, he was paid a salary of $52,500 by Paramount Pictures, $250 less than Mary Pickford and $1000 more than Walt Disney.[7] Along with Marc Connelly and John Lee Mahin, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for Captains Courageous (1937). He was one of seven Universal Pictures studio executives who worked for Carl Laemmle and his son Julius (Carl Jr.) Laemmle during the golden age of Universal-Laemmle ownership. Later, he also produced some films.

He married fellow Stanford graduate Ellen Mein Calhoun in April 1922.[1][8] They had two children before "an interlocutory judgment of divorce was entered in the Superior Court of the State of California" in July 1935.[9] According to another source of uncertain reliability, he married twice more: Florence Mason (1896-1969) sometime before 1940, and Frances Robinson Hess near the end of his life.[10]

Partial filmography


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Dale Van Every Weds". San Bernardino County Sun. April 18, 1922 via Newspapers.com.
  2. 1 2 "One-Time News Man Here Gets $52,500 A Year". Harrisburg Evening News. January 27, 1926 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Charles Lindbergh: His Life. Google books. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  4. "Tenacity on the Old Frontier". Time magazine. September 28, 1962. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  5. Telling the World at the Internet Movie Database
  6. 1 2 "New Author Dale Van Every". El Paso Evening Post. June 30, 1928 via Newspapers.com.
  7. "News Man Gets $52,500 A Year". Harrisburg Evening News. January 27, 1926 via Newspapers.com.
  8. "Wedding of Interest". San Francisco Chronicle. April 16, 1922 via Newspapers.com.
  9. "Van Every v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.". law.justia.com. January 5, 1940. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  10. "Dale Van Every (1896-1976), author, screenwriter, and producer". sombrerobooks.com. Retrieved January 7, 2015.

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