Hollywood screenwriter Albert E. DeMond spent most of the silent era thinking up dialogue titles for such comedies as Harold Lloyd's Speedy (1928). One of DeMond's last silent credits was the screenplay for comedian Charlie Chase's only starring feature, Universal's Modern Love (1929). DeMond remained at Universal for several years thereafter, then moved to Monogram in the mid-1930s, where he wrote for such second-echelon leading men as Ray Walker and William Cagney. While a staffer at Columbia in 1937, DeMond wrote the original story for the deathless baseball melodrama Girls Can Play, which offered the spectacle of softball pitcher Rita Hayworth being murdered by a poisoned glove! After 1940, Albert E. DeMond concentrated almost exclusively on westerns, briefly turning director for 1948's Riders of the Rio Grande.