Frank Craven

Highest Rated: 100% Sons of the Desert (1933)
Lowest Rated: 60% Anguish (1988)
Birthday: Invalid date
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor/playwright Frank Craven enjoyed a long stage career as both performer and writer. As an actor, he specialized in wry middle-aged small-town types. As a writer, he favored domestic comedies, usually centered around the tribulations of "normal" family life. Craven was so firmly locked into his particular style that he felt lost doing anything else. For several years during the silent film era, Craven had begged Harold Lloyd to allow him to sit in on the "gag sessions" for Lloyd's films, in order to contribute comedy ideas; after a particularly harrowing session with Lloyd's writers, who tossed gag ideas about at the tops of their voices, Craven admitted that slapstick wasn't his brand of humor and returned to the stage. Craven made his film bow in the 1928 "ethnic melting pot" drama We Americans, but when he was finally brought to Hollywood under contract to Fox in 1932, it was as a writer. One of Craven's best-known screenplays was for the Laurel and Hardy vehicle Sons of the Desert (1933), one of the comedy team's few feature films with a solid plot structure. Concentrating mainly on performing for most of his film career, Craven returned to Broadway in 1939 to play the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town. The actor was called upon to repeat the role in the 1940 film version, and thereafter most of his film roles were variations of the Stage Manager, complete with his ubiquitous pipe. Craven died in 1945 at age 70, shortly after completing his role in Colonel Effingham's Raid (1945).

Highest Rated Movies



60% Anguish Sleepy 1988
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Dewey 1946
No Score Yet Tonight and Every Night Actor 1945
No Score Yet Jack London Old Tom 1943
60% Son of Dracula Dr. Harry Brewster 1943
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes Inspector Clinton 1943
No Score Yet Harrigan's Kid Walter Garnet 1943
80% The Human Comedy Actor 1943
No Score Yet Pittsburgh 'Doc' Powers 1942
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame Dr. Fielding 1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life Asa Timberlake 1942
No Score Yet Dreaming Out Loud Dr. `Doc Walt' Walter Barnes 1940
80% City for Conquest Old Timer 1940
83% Our Town Screenwriter Mr. Morgan, the narrator 1940
No Score Yet Our Neighbors - The Carters Doc Carter 1939
No Score Yet You're Only Young Once Frank Redmond 1937
No Score Yet Penrod And Sam Actor 1937
No Score Yet Small Town Girl (One Horse Town) Pa Brannan 1936
92% Barbary Coast Col. Marcus Aurelius Cobb 1935
No Score Yet Vagabond Lady Spiggy' Spiggins 1935
No Score Yet Car 99 Sheriff Peter Arnot 1935
No Score Yet He Was Her Man Pop Sims 1934
100% Sons of the Desert Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet State Fair Storekeeper 1933