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Melvin Frank

Highest Rated:   100% Road to Utopia (1945)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
83% 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
77% 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
80% 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
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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