Frank Tashlin

Frank Tashlin

Highest Rated: 100% The Paleface (1948)

Lowest Rated: 14% Caprice (1967)

Birthday: Feb 19, 1913

Birthplace: Not Available

Few filmmakers have moved as easily between animated and non-animated work as New Jersey-born Frank Tashlin. A school drop-out at age 13, he drifted into a multitude of jobs before he went to work for producer Paul Terry at 17, as a cartoonist on Terry's Aesop's Film Fables animated shorts. Three years later he was working as a gagman for Hal Roach, and soon after began his own comic strip, which ran through 1939. He worked for Disney's story department until the mid '40s, and later joined Warner Bros., where he became a director for Leon Schlesinger's cartoon unit. But from the middle of the decade onward, he moved out of animated work entirely and into comedy screenwriting, adapting One Touch of Venus as a film vehicle, and then taking up writing for Bob Hope (The Paleface, etc.) and Red Skelton (The Fuller Brush Man, etc.), and later became a director for Jerry Lewis (Geisha Boy, Cinderfella), Hope (Son of Paleface), and Doris Day (The Glass Bottom Boat). His experience in cartoons showed in the wilder elements of his scripts and directing--his films were known for their bizarre turns in action, unexpected use of sight gags, and frenzied pacing, which lent itself to the work of his comic stars. Probably Tashlin's most well known films today are his two late-'50s satires, The Girl Can't Help It and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, both of which starred Jayne Mansfield in her best roles, and poked merciless fun at a multitude of social and cultural sacred cows, using cartoon-like pacing at strategic points to make their own points. The '60s saw a slowing and blunting of Tashlin's work--The Glass Bottom Boat was a cute Doris Day slapstick comedy mixing the perky comedy star with spies, but Tashlin's final film, The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968), was a disaster, a Bob Hope comedy from the actor/comedian's declining years of popularity that seemed to confirm his lack of taste. The tapering off of Hope's screen career, coupled with the changes in public taste and the gradual end of Doris Day's and Jerry Lewis's movies work, precipitated the end of Tashlin's career as well.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell Director Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet The Shakiest Gun in the West Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet Who's Minding the Mint? Screenwriter Director 1967
14% Caprice Screenwriter 1967
57% The Glass Bottom Boat Director 1966
No Score Yet The Alphabet Murders Director 1965
60% The Disorderly Orderly Director Screenwriter 1964
40% Who's Minding the Store? Director 1963
No Score Yet The Man from the Diners' Club Director 1963
No Score Yet It's Only Money Director 1962
No Score Yet Bachelor Flat Director Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Cinderfella Director Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Say One for Me Director Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Geisha Boy Screenwriter Director 1958
63% Rock-a-Bye Baby Screenwriter Director 1958
86% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Producer 1957
No Score Yet The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Screenwriter Director 1956
75% The Girl Can't Help It Director Producer Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Hollywood or Bust Director 1956
78% Artists and Models Screenwriter Director 1955
43% Susan Slept Here Director 1954
No Score Yet The First Time Director Screenwriter 1952
90% Son of Paleface Screenwriter Director 1952
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Love Happy Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet The Good Humor Man Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond Screenwriter 1949
100% The Paleface Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet One Touch of Venus Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Man Screenwriter Director 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Screenwriter 1947
57% A Night in Casablanca Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet Delightfully Dangerous Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Have You Got Any Castles? Director 1938


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