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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).

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.

Frank's first wife was Anne Ray, younger sister of actress Jigee Viertel. At the time of his death he was still married to his second wife, Juliet. He had three children, Pulitzer Prize-winning daughter Elizabeth Frank and sons Andrew and James.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Melvin Frank, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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).

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.

Frank's first wife was Anne Ray, younger sister of actress Jigee Viertel. At the time of his death he was still married to his second wife, Juliet. He had three children, Pulitzer Prize-winning daughter Elizabeth Frank and sons Andrew and James.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Melvin Frank, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 31

Birthday 1913-08-13

Day of Death 1988-10-13

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Writer
1973 A Touch of Class Writer
1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Screenplay
1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Screenplay
1965 Strange Bedfellows Story
1962 The Road to Hong Kong Writer
1960 The Facts of Life Screenplay
1959 Li'l Abner Writer
1959 The Jayhawkers! Screenplay
1956 That Certain Feeling Writer
1955 The Court Jester Screenplay
1954 White Christmas Writer
1954 Knock On Wood Writer
1952 Above and Beyond Writer
1951 Callaway Went Thataway Writer
1951 Strictly Dishonorable Writer
1950 The Reformer and the Redhead Screenplay
1948 The Return of October Writer
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Screenplay
1947 It Had to Be You Screenplay
1946 Monsieur Beaucaire Writer
1946 Our Hearts Were Growing Up Writer
1946 Road to Utopia Screenplay
1945 Duffy's Tavern Screenplay
1944 And the Angels Sing Screenplay
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars Screenplay
1942 My Favorite Blonde Story
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm Screenplay

Directing

1987 Walk Like a Man Director
1979 Lost and Found Director
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Director
1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Director
1973 A Touch of Class Director
1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Director
1965 Strange Bedfellows Director
1960 The Facts of Life Director
1959 Li'l Abner Director
1959 The Jayhawkers! Director
1956 That Certain Feeling Director
1955 The Court Jester Director
1954 Knock On Wood Director
1952 Above and Beyond Director
1951 Callaway Went Thataway Director
1951 Strictly Dishonorable Director
1950 The Reformer and the Redhead Director

Production

1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Producer
1973 A Touch of Class Producer
1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Producer
1962 The Road to Hong Kong Producer
1959 The Jayhawkers! Producer
1956 That Certain Feeling Producer
1955 The Court Jester Producer
1951 Strictly Dishonorable Producer
1950 The Reformer and the Redhead Producer
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Producer

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