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Frank Tashlin

Highest Rated:   100% The Paleface (1948)
Lowest Rated:   40% Who's Minding the Store? (1963)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet Caprice
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1967
50% 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
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1958
90% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • 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
71% Artists and Models
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1955
50% Susan Slept Here
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet The First Time
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1952
89% 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 Have You Got Any Castles?
  • Director
1938

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