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Melvin Frank (1913–1988)

Melvin Frank was half of a famous screenwriting partnership. The other half of the collaborative effort was Norman Panama. The two men became close friends while attending the University of Chicago. Frank had initially pursued a degree in engineering, but was persuaded by Panama to switch to English instead. In 1938, Frank and Panama moved to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2007 Are We Done Yet? (screenplay "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House")
 1979 Lost and Found (written by)
 1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (screenplay)
 1973 A Touch of Class (written by)
 1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (written by)
 1965 Strange Bedfellows (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 The Facts of Life (written by)
 1959 Li'l Abner (writer)
 1959 The Jayhawkers! (written by)
 1955 The Court Jester (written by)
 1954 White Christmas (written for the screen by)
 1954 Knock on Wood (written by)
 1951 Callaway Went Thataway (written by)
 1948 The Return of October (writer)
 1948 A Southern Yankee (story)
 1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (written for the screen by)
 1947 It Had to Be You (screen play)
 1945 Road to Utopia (original screenplay)
 1945 Duffy's Tavern (screenplay)
 1944 The Princess and the Pirate (uncredited)
 1944 And the Angels Sing (screenplay)
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars (screen play)
 1943 Happy Go Lucky (writer)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm (sketches)
 1942 My Favorite Blonde (story)
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Other Works:

Li'l Abner (1956). Musical comedy. Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. Based on cartoon characters by Al Capp. Music by Gene de Paul. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Musical Direction and Continuity: Lehman Engel. Vocals by Lehman Engel. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang. Ballet Music Arranged by Genevieve Pitot. Assistant to ... See more »
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In 1974, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of Glenda Jackson, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony. Frank directed Jackson in A Touch of Class (1973) See more »

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Leo

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