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Frances Goodrich

  • Highest Rated: 100% Father's Little Dividend (1951)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
  • Birthday: Dec 21, 1890
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Completing her education at Vassar, American screenwriter Frances Goodrich began her career as an actress, first appearing on Broadway in 1916. Her stage career was slightly more successful than her marital experiences; by 1929 she had been divorced twice, first from actor Robert Ames, then from historian Henrik Willem Van Loon (the author of The Story of Mankind). Thus she was not predisposed to romantic entanglements when, in the late 1920s, she met fellow actor Albert Hackett; moreover, he was to her a "fresh kid" (he was nine years her junior). As it happened, both Goodrich and Hackett shared a mutual goal: to leave acting behind in favor of playwrighting. The two were married while collaborating on their first Broadway hit, Up Pops the Devil (1929). Their success on Broadway eventually led to the pair being signed as a writing team by MGM, where they launched the popular Thin Man series, allegedly basing the characterizations of Nick and Nora Charles on their good friends Dashiel Hammett (who wrote the novel upon which Thin Man was based) and Lillian Hellman. While there would be another Broadway production on the Goodrich/Hackett docket in the 1940s, The Great Big Doorstep, for the most part the couple devoted their time to screenwriting. They were particularly skilled at adapting the works of others to meet the restrictions and requirements of the movies; among their most famous film credits were adaptations of Owen Wister's The Virginian (1946), S. N. Behman's The Pirate (1948), Edward Streeter's Father of the Bride (1950), and the musical version of Stephen Vincent Benet's Sobbin' Women, released as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Goodrich and Hackett were also among the many writers who toiled on Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life (1946); when apprised that Capra was passing off their scriptwork as his own "inspiration," Goodrich characterized the director as "that dreadful man!", a position which she held even after Wonderful Life was acknowledged as a screen classic. One of the Goodrich/Hackett projects at MGM was to have been an film version of The Diary of Anne Frank; when the studio nixed the project as too downbeat, the couple labored for two years on their own adaptation, which ultimately opened on Broadway in 1954 and won a Pulitzer Prize. Goodrich and Hackett retired to their lavish New York apartment after completing work on their last film, an adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play Five Finger Exercise (1962).

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70% Father of the Bride Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet Five Finger Exercise Screenwriter 1962
76% The Diary of Anne Frank Screenwriter 1959
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Screenwriter 1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Give a Girl a Break Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Too Young to Kiss Screenwriter 1952
100% Father's Little Dividend Screenwriter 1951
93% Father of the Bride Screenwriter 1950
56% In the Good Old Summertime Screenwriter 1949
90% Easter Parade Screenwriter 1948
73% The Pirate Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Summer Holiday Screenwriter 1948
93% It's a Wonderful Life Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet The Virginian Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Lady in the Dark Screenwriter 1944
81% Another Thin Man Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet The Firefly Screenwriter 1937
100% After the Thin Man Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Small Town Girl (One Horse Town) Screenwriter 1936
83% Rose Marie Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Ah, Wilderness! Screenwriter 1935
50% Naughty Marietta Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Hideout Screenwriter 1934
97% The Thin Man Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover) Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Up Pops the Devil Screenwriter 1931


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