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Melville Shavelson

Highest Rated:   100% On Moonlight Bay (1951)
Lowest Rated:   0% A New Kind of Love (1963)
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Educated at Cornell University, Brooklyn-born writer/producer/director Melville Shavelson first channelled his creative juices into the world of press agentry. Tired of blowing everyone else's horn, Shavelson and his agency boss Milt Josefsberg wrote some comedy material and submitted it to comedian Bob Hope in 1938. Hope hired them on the spot, and though the comedian was tight with both a dollar and his praise, Shavelson remained with Hope until the late '50s. It was the Shavelson/Josefsberg team that helped develop the Bob Hope "character:" the brave coward, the impotent lover, the braggart with nothing to brag about, the man who never speaks when wisecracking will do. Shavelson worked on several of Hope's best films, including Princess and the Pirate (1944), Where There's Life (1947) and The Great Lover (1949). By 1954, Hope's box office was drooping, so Shavelson suggested that the comedian try a straight dramatic approach for a change. The resultant films, The Seven Little Foys (1955) and Beau James (1957), were both written and produced by Shavelson. It was Shavelson's contention that Hope was an accomplished enough actor to continue successfully in this vein, but when Hope decided to return to his old formula Shavelson felt that his writing skills might be better applied elsewhere. He went on to write and direct such box-office attractions as Houseboat (1958), The Five Pennies (1959), On the Double (1961) and Yours Mine and Ours (1968); in many instances, he also functioned as producer. On two occasions, Shavelson was honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing. In addition to his work with Bob Hope, Shavelson also concocted comedy scripts for Danny Kaye and Groucho Marx. Though he'd severed most of his professional ties with Hope by the '70s, Shavelson had a long-standing handshake agreement to write and direct a Hope/Bing Crosby "reunion" picture, The Road to the Fountain of Youth, a dream dashed by Crosby's death; he also negotiated with Hope to work up a comedy about the Vietnam war, but the US invasion of Cambodia put the kibosh on that. Melville Shavelson was the author of two humorous, revelatory books about the movie business: How to Make a Jewish Movie (1971), a memoir of his experiences while producing and directing Cast a Giant Shadow, and the Hollywood-based novel Lualda (1973).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
75% Tales From the Script
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Bob Hope: The Road to Laughter
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Deceptions
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
No Score Yet Ike: The War Years
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1978
No Score Yet The Great Houdini
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Mixed Company
  • Director
  • Producer
1974
No Score Yet The War Between Men and Women
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1972
50% Yours, Mine and Ours
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet Cast a Giant Shadow
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1966
0% A New Kind of Love
  • Producer
1963
No Score Yet The Pigeon That Took Rome
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1962
No Score Yet On the Double
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
0% It Started in Naples
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet The Five Pennies
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1959
64% Houseboat
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1958
No Score Yet Beau James
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet The Seven Little Foys
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1955
No Score Yet Living It Up
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet April in Paris
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet Room for One More
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money)
  • Screenwriter
1951
100% On Moonlight Bay
  • Screenwriter
1951
80% I'll See You In My Dreams
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Riding High
  • Screenwriter
1950
No Score Yet The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
  • Screenwriter
1950
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet The Great Lover
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Sorrowful Jones
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Where There's Life
  • Screenwriter
1947
60% The Kid From Brooklyn
  • Screenwriter
1946
100% Wonder Man
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate
  • Screenwriter
1944

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