David Silverstein

David Silverstein (January 13, 1896 – July 1944) was an American screenwriter and journalist who worked at MGM, Universal, and Columbia in the 1930s and 1940s.[1]

David Silverstein
BornJanuary 13, 1896
DiedJuly 1944(1944-07-00) (aged 48)
OccupationScreenwriter, actor


Silverstein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Nathan Silverstein and Minnie Grobstein. His parents were Jewish Russian immigrants.

Silverstein served in the military during World War I,[2] and he worked as a journalist before beginning his career in Hollywood.[3] His first credit as a scenario writer came in 1932 with the release of Hatta Marri. He would go on to write 24 films over the course of his career.

Silverstein joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II in 1941; he joined other Columbia scenarists in writing training films at the Film Lab in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.[4] He died of injuries received in action in 1944, and was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously.[5] He was survived by his wife, Alice, and their son.[6][7]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "The Drama Desk". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 30, 1944. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Film Pioneer Dies". The Pittsburgh Press. July 7, 1944. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Maj. David F. Silverstein, Ex-Newspaperman, Dies". The Republic. July 7, 1944. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Training Film Lab". The Daily Record. August 20, 1941. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Popular Edition of 'Under Cover'". The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. August 11, 1944. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Film Playwright Dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 7, 1944. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Screen Writers' Guild; Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress) DLC (1947). The Screen Writer (Jun 1947 – Mar 1948). MBRS Library of Congress. Screen Writers Guild.
  8. ^ "Nicholls, David Alan, (born 30 Nov. 1966), novelist, screenwriter", Who's Who, Oxford University Press, December 1, 2012, doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u256595