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Melvin Frank

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Nationality  United States
Education  University of Chicago
Ethnicity  Jewish
Books  Lost and Found
Name  Melvin Frank
Children  Elizabeth Frank
Role  Screenwriter

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Occupation  Screenwriter, film director, film producer
Died  October 13, 1988, Los Angeles, California, United States
Movies  The Court Jester, A Touch of Class, Good Evening - Ms Camp, White Christmas, Strange Bedfellows
Similar People  Norman Panama, George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Danny Kaye, Norman Krasna

Melvin Frank (13 August 1913 in Chicago, Illinois – 13 October 1988 in Los Angeles, California) was an American screenwriter, film producer and film director. He is known for his work on films such as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), The Court Jester (1956), and A Touch of Class (1973).


Life and career

Born to a Jewish family, Frank graduated from the University of Chicago, where he met his future collaborator Norman Panama. They went on to form a writing partnership which endured for three decades. Some of their most notable films as co-writers include Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) and White Christmas (1954), among many others, and co-directing films such as The Court Jester (1956). They wrote a broadway play together, which was later adapted into Li'l Abner (1959), directed by Frank. They also worked on two films in the popular Road to ... series, Road to Utopia (1946) and The Road to Hong Kong (1962).

Frank went on to a successful solo career as a film director, most notably directing the acclaimed romantic comedy A Touch of Class (1973), starring George Segal and Glenda Jackson. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Jackson won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role. Subsequent films directed by Frank include The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976) and Lost and Found (1979).

Over the course of his career, Frank was nominated for five Academy Awards. In 1984, he received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America.

He is the father of literary critic Elizabeth Frank and composer Andrew Frank.

Selected filmography

  • My Favorite Blonde (with Norman Panama) (1942) (story only)
  • Road to Utopia (with Norman Panama) (1946)
  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (with Norman Panama) (1948)
  • White Christmas (with Norman Panama and Norman Krasna) (1954)
  • Knock on Wood (with Norman Panama) (1954) (also co-director)
  • The Court Jester (with Norman Panama) (1956) (also co-director)
  • Li'l Abner (with Norman Panama) (1959) (also director)
  • The Facts of Life (with Norman Panama) (1960) (also director)
  • The Road to Hong Kong (with Norman Panama) (1962)
  • Strange Bedfellows (with Norman Panama and Michael Pertwee) (1965) (also director)
  • Not with My Wife, You Don't! (with Norman Panama, Peter Barnes and Larry Gelbart) (1966)
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Michael Pertwee) (1966)
  • Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (with Denis Norden and Sheldon Keller) (1968) (also director)
  • A Touch of Class (with Jack Rose) (1973) (also director)
  • The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (with Barry Sandler and Jack Rose) (1976) (also director)
  • Lost and Found (with Jack Rose) (1979) (also director)
  • Walk Like a Man (1987) (director only)
  • References

    Melvin Frank Wikipedia