Doris Malloy

Doris Malloy (1901–1955) was an American screenwriter active during the 1920s through the 1940s.

Doris Malloy
BornMay 11, 1901
Gloversville, New York, USA
DiedNovember 6, 1955 (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active1926–1943


Born in Gloversville, New York, in 1901 to Henry Malloy (noted as a "prominent gambler" in a few publicity items)[1] and Kate Huckans, Doris worked as an ambulance woman in Europe during World War I,[2][3] before becoming a studio stenographer at Universal for screenwriter Raymond L. Schrock and then a script reader[4] in Hollywood.

She even took her experience working as an ambulance driver in combat zones during World War I and used it to inform The Mad Parade, one of her first screenwriting assignments, which she co-wrote with Gertrude Orr. "There was a time when a screen story without the conventional 'sweethearts' would have been laughed off the lot," Malloy said at the time, noting that she and Orr took great pains to show women's wartime experiences in an accurate light.[5]

Over the course of her career, Malloy worked under contract at various points at most of the major studios.[6][7][8] She specialized in writing B-movie thrillers, war stories, crime dramas, and screwball comedies. By the mid-1930s, she had partnered with veteran screenwriter Harry Clork, and the pair became an in-demand duo around town; their co-written scripts include Mister Dynamite and Diamond Jim.[9]

Malloy was married and divorced several times, according to an item from gossip columnist Sidney Skolsky.[10] In 1943, she and Lieut. J.M. O'Neill reportedly tied the knot; she retired from the industry afterward. In 1955, shortly before her death, she became a realtor at English & Douglas in Studio City, California.[11]

Selected filmography


  1. "15 Apr 1934, Page 14 - The Star Press at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  2. "31 Dec 1930, Page 14 - Star Tribune at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  3. "7 Oct 1931, Page 5 - Daily Press at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  4. "14 Jun 1931, 50 - The Baltimore Sun at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  5. "11 Oct 1931, 27 - The Montana Standard at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  6. "6 Mar 1927, 172 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  7. "27 Oct 1934, 5 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  8. "1 Mar 1933, 219 - Daily News at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  9. "20 Jun 1935, 8 - The Daily Standard at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  10. "28 Dec 1936, 30 - Daily News at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  11. "20 Jan 1943, Page 8 - Democrat and Chronicle at". Retrieved 2019-01-02.

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