Dale Eunson

Film, television and Broadway writer and novelist

Dale Eunson, film, television and Broadway writer and novelist, died Feb. 20 at the Motion Picture Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 97.

Eunson began his career in the early 1920s in Los Angeles when he assisted Rupert Hughes with research for latter’s three-volume biography on George Washington. After that, he went to work in the publicity departments of 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount and RKO-Radio. He moved to New York in the late 1920s and began writing fiction for magazines.

He married writer Katherine Albert then, and the two moved to Connecticut where he ghostwrote “Arctic Adventures” for explorer Peter Freuchen. The Eunsons later moved to California and collaborated on the Broadway play “Guest in the House,” produced by Jed Harris. In 1944 it was made into a film directed by John Brahm.

In the mid-1940s, the Eunsons moved back to New York City, and he became the fiction editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. He worked with masters such as Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene at Cosmo and continued writing his own fiction, including the short story “The Day They Gave Babies Away,” which later became an RKO Radio movie titled “All Mine To Give.”

In 1948 the family moved back to California where they remained. During this time, the two wrote numerous films together, including writing “The Star,” “Sabre Jet” and “On the Loose.” Eunson also wrote for the TV shows “Leave It to Beaver” and “Little House on the Prairie” and published his novels “Up on the Rim” and “Philips Chair.”

Katherine died in 1970 and Eunson later that decade he married Berenice Dratler. The two lived in Santa Barbara before moving to the Motion Picture Retirement Home in 1993, where Berenice died. He is survived by his daughter, actress Joan Evans Weatherly, a stepson and stepdaughter, two grandsons and one great-grandson.

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