Melvin Frank

Highest Rated: 100% Road to Utopia (1945)
Birthday: Aug 13, 1913
Birthplace: Not Available
Pursuing an engineering degree at the University of Chicago, Melvin Frank was diverted into another line of work when he befriended fellow student Norman Panama. Forming a comedy writing team, Frank and Panama collaborated on a play, then went on to provide special material for Broadway revues. In 1938, the team was hired by radio comedian Bob Hope; this led to a joint contract at Paramount Pictures, where Frank and Panama worked with Hope, Bing Crosby and Betty Hutton. In 1945, the Panama/Frank team shared a "Best Original Screenplay" Academy Award nomination for the Crosby-Hope farce The Road to Utopia. With the 1947 RKO comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Mel and Norman inaugurated their producing activities. Beginning with 1950's The Reformer and the Redhead, the team produced, wrote and/or directed ten top-grossing films for MGM and Paramount. They received two more Oscar nominations, both in the screenwriting category, for Danny Kaye's Knock on Wood (1954) and the Bob Hope/Lucille Ball vehicle The Facts of Life (1960). In 1960, the team broke up, in as amicable a manner as has ever been in Hollywood. On his own, Frank set up a production company in England, continuing to wear two additional production hats as writer and director. In 1973 he won his fourth Oscar nomination for A Touch of Class. His last directorial effort, filmed after nearly nine years' inactivity, was the misfire Tarzan parody Walk Like a Man (1987). Melvin Frank died exactly two months after his 70th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet White Christmas 60th Anniversary Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Walk Like a Man Director 1987
No Score Yet Lost and Found Director 1979
20% The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Director 1976
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Second Avenue Director Producer 1975
91% A Touch of Class Screenwriter Producer Director 1973
No Score Yet Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Producer Director Screenwriter 1968
84% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Screenwriter Producer 1966
No Score Yet Strange Bedfellows Director Producer Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong Screenwriter Producer 1962
No Score Yet The Facts of Life Producer Screenwriter Director 1960
No Score Yet Li'l Abner Screenwriter Director Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Jayhawkers Screenwriter Director Producer 1959
96% The Court Jester Producer Director Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Knock on Wood Producer Screenwriter Director 1954
76% White Christmas Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Above and Beyond Screenwriter Producer Director 1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Producer Director Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Strictly Dishonorable Screenwriter Producer Director 1951
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead Actor Producer Screenwriter Director 1950
No Score Yet The Return of October Screenwriter 1948
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Producer Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet It Had to Be You Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet Our Hearts Were Growing Up Screenwriter 1946
100% Road to Utopia Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Screenwriter 1942

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