Melvin Frank

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Began his career, with partner Norman Panama, as a writer for the Bob Hope radio show. The pair graduated to feature film writing in 1942, subsequently collaborating on the Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour "Road" movies ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1913 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (34)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House") (Source Material)

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

(Writer)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

(From Story)

Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Road to Hong Kong 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Li'l Abner 1958 (Movie)

("Li'l Abner") (Play as Source Material)

Li'l Abner 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Jayhawkers 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

That Certain Feeling 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Knock on Wood 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

White Christmas 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

(From Story)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strictly Dishonorable 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monsieur Beaucaire 1946 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Road to Utopia 1946 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Favorite Blonde 1941 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Southern Yankee (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Above and Beyond (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

And the Angels Sing (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Happy Go Lucky (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Our Hearts Were Growing Up (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Reformer and the Redhead (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Return of October (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (19)

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Road to Hong Kong 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Trap 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Li'l Abner 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Jayhawkers 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

That Certain Feeling 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Knock on Wood 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strictly Dishonorable 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Above and Beyond (Movie)

(Producer)

The Reformer and the Redhead (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (17)

Walk Like a Man 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Li'l Abner 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Jayhawkers 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

That Certain Feeling 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Knock on Wood 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Strictly Dishonorable 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Above and Beyond (Movie)

(Director)

The Reformer and the Redhead (Movie)

(Director)
Music (2)

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1975 (Movie)

lyrics("Fool's Gold" "Please Don't Touch My Plums" "Blimey" "The Touch of Love" "Lemon Drops, Lollipops and Sunbeams") (Theme Lyrics)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Actor (1)

Biography

Began his career, with partner Norman Panama, as a writer for the Bob Hope radio show. The pair graduated to feature film writing in 1942, subsequently collaborating on the Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour "Road" movies as well as a number of noted romantic comedies including "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948), which they also produced. From 1949 onward Frank and Panama alternated directing and producing duties on several films, including the Danny Kaye vehicles "Knock on Wood" (1954) and the especially good "The Court Jester" (1956), before amicably dissolving the partnership in 1960. Each subsequently pursued a successful solo career. Frank's credits gradually became more intermittent but he still helmed some enjoyable comedies, the best of which were probably "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" (1968) and "A Touch of Class" (1973).

Relationships

Juliet Frank

Wife
second wife

Elizabeth Frank

Daughter
Pulitzer Prize winner

Andrew Frank

Son

James Frank

Son

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1935
met partner Norman Panama

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