Frank Tashlin

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Former cartoonist who entered features as a comedy writer ("The Paleface" 1948, etc. ) and turned to directing with "The First Time" (1952), bringing his exuberant, exhilarating comic-strip style with him. Besides his ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1913 in Weehawken, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Writer (30)

Porky Pig in Hollywood 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Shakiest Gun in the West 1968 (Movie)

("The Paleface") (From Story)

Caprice 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Disorderly Orderly 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Who's Minding the Store? 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bachelor Flat 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cinderfella 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rock-a-Bye Baby 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Geisha Boy 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Girl Can't Help It 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

("The Kiss Off") (From Story)

Artists and Models 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Susan Slept Here 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Son of Paleface 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love Happy 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Paleface 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Night in Casablanca (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

A Woman of Distinction (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Kill the Umpire (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Miss Grant Takes Richmond (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

One Touch of Venus (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Fuller Brush Girl (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Fuller Brush Man (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (24)

Porky Pig in Hollywood 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Uncensored Cartoons 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Caprice 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Alphabet Murders 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Disorderly Orderly 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man From the Diner's Club 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Who's Minding the Store? 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Bachelor Flat 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Only Money 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Cinderfella 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Rock-a-Bye Baby 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Geisha Boy 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Hollywood or Bust 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl Can't Help It 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Artists and Models 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Susan Slept Here 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Son of Paleface 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Nasty Quacks 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fuller Brush Man (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Girl Can't Help It 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Former cartoonist who entered features as a comedy writer ("The Paleface" 1948, etc. ) and turned to directing with "The First Time" (1952), bringing his exuberant, exhilarating comic-strip style with him. Besides his eight films with the appropriately cast Jerry Lewis, Tashlin's name is chiefly connected with Jayne Mansfield, whose only notable films--"The Girl Can't Help It" (1955) and the brilliant satire of the advertising business, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1956)--he engineered.

Tashlin tried to repeat similar formulas with Anita Ekberg and Doris Day, but their personae did not lend themselves to parody as readily as Mansfield's. He was in later years praised for his inventiveness and sharp satirical edge by several French critics, particularly Godard and Truffaut.

Relationships

Mary Costa

Wife
second wife

EDUCATION

quit school aged 13 (in Astoria, Queens)

Milestones

1954

Made first film featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, "Artists and Models"

1952

TV debut working for NBC as writer, director and producer

1952

Feature film directorial debut, "The First Time"

1949

First solo writing credit, "Kill the Umpire"

1947

Directed 18-minute puppet film for the Lutheran Church warning against danger of atomic holocoaust

1943

First screenplay for non-animated film, "Delightfully Dangerous"

1938

Joined Walt Disney as scriptwriter on "Mickey and the Beanstalk" (date approximate)

1935

Left animation to serve as gagman and scritpwriter at Hal Roach Studios (writing for Charlie Chase, Laurel and Hardy, Thelma Todd and Our Gang)

1934

Created comic strip, "Van Boring" under the signature "Tish-Tash"

1933

Worked as animator on Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series with Leon Schlesinger's Vitaphone Corporation

1933

Moved to Los Angeles

1926

Sold newspapers, ran errands and worked in a brassiere factory

Became messenger for animator Max Fleischer

Rehired by Leon Schlesinger and directed Porky Pig cartoons

Bonus Trivia

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He was a founding member of the Cartoonists Guild (1938)

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