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Frances Marion (1888–1973)

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent during World War I. She moved to Los Angeles and ... See full bio »

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 1989 Dinner at Eight (TV Movie) (earlier screenplay)
 1979 The Champ (story)
 1953 The Clown (story)
 1948 The Pirate (uncredited)
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint (uncredited)
 1946 Miss Susie Slagle's (uncredited)
 1945 Molly and Me (novel)
 1945 Without Love (uncredited)
 1943 Presenting Lily Mars (uncredited)
 1942 Tish (uncredited)
 1940 Northwest Passage (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1940 Green Hell (original story and screenplay)
 1937 Rosalie (uncredited)
 1937 Knight Without Armor (adaptation)
 1937 Maytime (uncredited)
 1937 The Good Earth (uncredited)
 1937 A Night of Terror (screenplay)
 1936 Camille (screen play)
 1936 Poor Little Rich Girl (uncredited)
 1936 Riffraff (from an original story by) / (screen play)
 1933 Going Hollywood (story - uncredited)
 1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady (from the story by)
 1933 Dinner at Eight (screen play)
 1933 Hold Your Man (uncredited)
 1933 Peg o' My Heart (adaptation)
 1933 The White Sister (uncredited)
 1933 Secrets (written for the screen by)
 1932 Cynara
 1932 Smilin' Through (uncredited)
 1932 Blondie of the Follies (screen play - uncredited) / (story)
 1932 Emma (story)
 1931/I The Champ (story)
 1931 Daybreak (uncredited)
 1931 The Secret Six (story and dialogue)
 1931 The Bachelor Father (uncredited)
 1930 Forever Yours
 1930/II Anna Christie (adaptation)
 1930 Min and Bill (scenario and dialogue)
 1930 El presidio
 1930 Wu Li Chang
 1930 Good News (scenario)
 1930 Let Us Be Gay (continuity and dialogue)
 1930 The Big House (story and dialogue)
 1930 In Gay Madrid (uncredited)
 1930/I Anna Christie (adapted by)
 1929 Their Own Desire (screen play)
 1929 The Pagan (uncredited)
 1929 Bellamy Trial (uncredited)
 1928 The Awakening (story)
 1928 The Masks of the Devil (writer)
 1928 The Wind (scenario)
 1928 Excess Baggage (writer)
 1928 The Mysterious Lady (uncredited)
 1928 Kit Carson (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1928 The Cossacks (adaptation) / (screenplay)
 1928 The Sunset Legion (scenario - as Frank M. Clifton) / (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1928 Bringing Up Father (story and continuity)
 1928 Pioneer Scout (as Frank M. Clifton)
 1927 Love (continuity by)
 1927 The Fair Co-Ed (uncredited)
 1927 Jesse James (screenplay - as Frank M. Clifton) / (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1927 Silver Comes Through (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1927 Mr. Wu (uncredited)
 1927 The Red Mill (adaptation) / (scenario)
 1927 Don Mike (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1926 The Winning of Barbara Worth (adaptation)
 1926 Lone Hand Saunders (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1926 The Scarlet Letter (adaptation and scenario) / (titles)
 1926 The Son of the Sheik (screen adaptation)
 1926 The Two-Gun Man (as Frank M. Clifton)
 1926 Hands Across the Border (story)
 1926 Paris at Midnight (adaptation)
 1926 Partners Again (adaptation)
 1926 The Tough Guy (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1925 Stella Dallas (adaptation)
 1925 Simon the Jester (adaptation)
 1925 Lazybones (scenario)
 1925 Thank You
 1925 Graustark (adaptation)
 1925 Lightnin' (scenario)
 1925 Ridin' the Wind (story - as Frank M. Clifton)
 1925 Zander the Great (adaptation)
 1925 His Supreme Moment (adaptation)
 1925 The Lady
 1925 A Thief in Paradise (adaptation)
 1924 Sundown
 1924 Thundering Hoofs (unconfirmed - unconfirmed)
 1924 Tarnish
 1924 Cytherea (adaptation)
 1924 Secrets (adaptation)
 1924 Galloping Gallagher (Short) (uncredited)
 1924 The Mask of Lopez (uncredited)
 1924 The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (screenplay) / (story)
 1923 The Song of Love (adaptation)
 1923 Potash and Perlmutter (writer)
 1923 The French Doll (writer)
 1923 The Love Piker (writer)
 1923 The Eagle's Talons (writer)
 1923 Within the Law (adaptation)
 1923 The Nth Commandment (writer)
 1923 The Famous Mrs. Fair (adaptation) / (screenplay)
 1923 The Voice from the Minaret (adaptation)
 1922 Minnie (titles)
 1922 The Toll of the Sea (scenario - uncredited) / (story)
 1922 East Is West
 1922 Sonny (adaptation)
 1922 Back Pay
 1921 The Love Light (story - uncredited) / (written by)
 1920 Humoresque
 1920 The Flapper (screenplay) / (story)
 1920 Pollyanna (adaptation)
 1919 The Cinema Murder (scenario)
 1919 Anne of Green Gables (writer)
 1919 A Regular Girl (writer)
 1919 The Dark Star (writer)
 1919 The Misleading Widow (writer)
 1919 Captain Kidd, Jr. (writer)
 1918 The Temple of Dusk (screenplay) / (story)
 1918 The Goat (screenplay) / (story)
 1918 Johanna Enlists (writer)
 1918 He Comes Up Smiling (writer)
 1918 The City of Dim Faces (screenplay) / (story)
 1918 How Could You, Jean? (scenario)
 1918 M'Liss (writer)
 1918 Stella Maris (photoplay)
 1917 The Amazons
 1917 Beloved Adventuress (screenplay) / (story)
 1917 The Stolen Paradise (screenplay) / (story)
 1917 Forget-Me-Not
 1917 The Poor Little Rich Girl (scenario)
 1917 A Girl's Folly (story and scenario)
 1917 A Square Deal
 1917 A Hungry Heart (scenario)
 1917 A Woman Alone
 1916 All Man
 1916 The Revolt
 1916 A Woman's Way
 1916/I Tangled Fates
 1916 The Battle of Hearts (story "Woman Against the Sea")
 1916 The Feast of Life (screenplay) / (story)
 1916 The Yellow Passport (scenario)
 1916 A Circus Romance (story)
 1916 The Foundling (scenario)
 1915 The Foundling (screenplay) / (story)
 1915 Camille (scenario)
 1915 A Daughter of the Sea (story "The Fisher Girl")
 1915 Esmeralda (Short)
 1915 Rags
 1915 A Sister's Burden (Short)
 1915 Fanchon, the Cricket (uncredited)
 1912 The New York Hat (Short) (contributing writer)
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Other Works:

Novel: "The Powder Keg" See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 28 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Frank M. Clifton


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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[on Jean Harlow] The newspapers sure have loused me up, calling me a sexpot! Where'd they ever get such a screwy idea? One look at Harlow and whether you were male or female you could get no other idea; she was the Scylla and Charybdis of sex, from her provocative come-hither expression to the flowing lines of her beautifully proportioned body. See more »


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