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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 he 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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(1973)
Knock on Wood Writer
(1954)
(1954)

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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 by)
 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 (screenplay)
 1959 The Jayhawkers! (written by)
 1956 That Certain Feeling (screenplay)
 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 (screenplay)
 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)
 1946 Monsieur Beaucaire (screenplay)
 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:

Norman Panama and he wrote the book for the musical, "Li'l Abner," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. The musical based on the cartoon characters by Al Capp. Gene De Paul was composer. Johnny Mercer was lyricist. See more »
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In 1974 he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class (1973), who wasn't present at the awards ceremony (it was the only Oscar-winning performance he had directed). See more »

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