Melville Shavelson

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Melville Shavelson honed his comedic writing chops while working as a joke writer on comedian Bob Hope's radio show, and traveled with the comic to Hollywood in the '30s. Many of his early screenwriting credits were ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (35)

Yours, Mine & Ours 2005 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Yours, Mine & Ours") (Source Material)

Bob Hope: Memories of World War II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer

Bob Hope's "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

Mixed Company 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My World... and Welcome to It 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

The War Between Men and Women 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Three Coins in the Fountain 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

Yours, Mine and Ours 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A New Kind of Love 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On the Double 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pigeon That Took Rome 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It Started in Naples 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Five Pennies 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beau James 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Seven Little Foys 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Living It Up 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trouble Along the Way 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Room For One More 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sorrowful Jones 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Lover 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Always Leave Them Laughing 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where There's Life 1947 (Movie)

(From Story)

Where There's Life 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Kid From Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Princess and the Pirate 1943 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

April in Paris (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Double Dynamite (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Ice-Capades (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

On Moonlight Bay (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Riding High (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (20)

Deceptions 1978 - 1979, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

The Other Woman 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

True Life Stories 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

Ike 1978 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Director

Father On Trial 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

Mixed Company 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Elke 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Director

The War Between Men and Women 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Yours, Mine and Ours 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

A New Kind of Love 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

On the Double 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pigeon That Took Rome 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

It Started in Naples 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Five Pennies 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Beau James 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Seven Little Foys 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Houdinis (TV Show)

Director

The Legend of Valentino (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Mixed Company 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The War Between Men and Women 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

A New Kind of Love 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pigeon That Took Rome 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trouble Along the Way 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Melville Shavelson honed his comedic writing chops while working as a joke writer on comedian Bob Hope's radio show, and traveled with the comic to Hollywood in the '30s. Many of his early screenwriting credits were Hope's early films, like "The Princess and the Pirate", in which Hope's cowardly actor pretends to be a Gypsy woman in order to escape capture by pirates, and "Sorrowful Jones", where Hope portrayed a flighty gambler who finds himself in charge of a young girl. Shavelson soon turned to directing, and his 1955 debut, the vaudeville biopic "The Seven Little Foys", earned acclaim for both Shavelson's screenplay and Hope's dramatic skills. At the end of the '50s, Shavelson earned another Oscar nomination for the romantic comedy "Houseboat", which starred Sophia Loren as a housemaid who falls in love with Cary Grant, and directed the biopic "The Five Pennies", in which Danny Kaye portrayed noted jazz bandleader Red Nichols. During the '60s Shavelson wrote and directed many of his most famous films, including "Yours, Mine and Ours", which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda as the exasperated but loving parents of a rambunctious 18-child family, and "It Started in Naples", about an uptight lawyer who raises his estranged brother's rebellious son and falls in love with the boy's beautiful mother. A three-time president of the Writers Guild of America, Shavelson also created the highly regarded '70s TV miniseries "Ike", about United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and taught screenwriting at the University of Southern California.

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York

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