D.M. Marshman Jr.



Donald McGill Marshman Jr. (December 21, 1922 – September 17, 2015) credited as D. M. Marshman, was an American screenwriter known mainly for his contribution to the film script for ''
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Marshman was the son of Donald McGill and Maud Louise (McMurray) Marshman. He was educated at Andover and
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, receiving his B.A. in 1945. Originally hired as an editorial researcher at ''
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'' magazine, he eventually became the magazine's movie editor before moving to ''
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'' magazine, where he was the film critic.


In 1946, Marshman collaborated with T. O. Cole on ''Poets Corner'', a comedy in three acts. In 1948, Marshman was recruited by
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to help write the screenplay of ''Sunset Boulevard''. He suggested that a gigolo be introduced to the story as a romantic interest for the heroine. Characteristics of the main character can be attributed to Marshman, such as name similarity, personality, and identical birthday. He shared a screenwriting credit with Wilder and Brackett. The trio won an
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. Marshman has two other films to his credit, the 1953 productions ''
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'' (screenplay) and '' Second Chance'' (story).D.M. Marshman Jr., Forgotten Screenwriter on 'Sunset Blvd.,' Dies at 92
/ref> He chose to return to the East Coast in 1953, where he pursued a career in advertising for Young & Rubicam and other agencies, including one he started himself. From 1974 to 1979, he conducted a fund-raising campaign for Yale University, and spent later years as a freelance consultant, writing speeches for corporate CEOs, and doing other business writing.


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