Melville Shavelson (1917–2007)

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Melville Shavelson was born on April 1, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Five Pennies (1959), Houseboat (1958) and The Seven Little Foys (1955). He was married to Ruth Lafaye Florea and Lucille (Lucy) T. Myers. He died on August 8, 2007 in Studio City, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Houseboat Writer


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 2005 Yours, Mine & Ours (1968 screenplay)
 1990 The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by)
 1988 The 60th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by - as Mel Shavelson)
 1985 Deceptions (TV Mini Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes)
- Part 2 (1985) ... (teleplay)
- Part 1 (1985) ... (teleplay)
 1982 The 54th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (as Mel Shavelson)
 1981 True Life Stories (TV Movie documentary) (writer)
 1980 Ike: The War Years (TV Movie) (written by)
 1979 Ike: The War Years (TV Mini Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Part III (1979) ... (writer)
- Part II (1979) ... (writer)
- Part I (1979) ... (writer)
 1976 The Great Houdini (TV Movie) (written by)
 1975 The Legend of Valentino (TV Movie)
 1974 Mixed Company
 1972 Here Comes the Judge (TV Movie) (as Mel Shavelson)
 1971 Shirley's World (TV Series) (series created by - 1 episode)
- The Berkeley Club Caper (1971) ... (series created by)
 1971 Allan (TV Movie) (as Mel Shavelson)
 1971 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) (episode "Elke Sommars Show, The" - as Mel Shavelson)
 1970 Three Coins in the Fountain (TV Movie) (as Mel Shavelson)
  My World and Welcome to It (TV Series) (conceived for television by - 22 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (story editor - 6 episodes, 1969 - 1970) (written by - 3 episodes, 1969)
- Child's Play (1970) ... (conceived for television by) / (story editor)
- Monroe the Mysogynist (1970) ... (conceived for television by) / (story editor)
- The Fourth Estate (1970) ... (conceived for television by) / (story editor)
- The Wooing of Mr. Monroe (1970) ... (conceived for television by)
- Rules for a Happy Marriage (1970) ... (conceived for television by) / (story editor)
 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours (screenplay)
 1967 Accidental Family (TV Series) (creator - 1 episode)
- Everywhere a Chick Chick (1967) ... (creator)
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow (written for the screen by)
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Seven Little Foys (1964) ... (written by)
 1963 A New Kind of Love (written by)
 1961 On the Double (written by)
 1960 It Started in Naples (screenplay)
 1959 Love and Marriage (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- House of Harris (1959) ... (teleplay)
 1959 The Five Pennies (screenplay)
 1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christabel (1959) ... (writer)
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series) (written for television by - 1 episode)
- Cristabel (The Secret Life of John Monroe) (1959) ... (written for television by)
 1958 Houseboat (written by)
 1957 Beau James
 1956 The 28th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
  The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (story consultant - 1 episode, 1956) (writer - 1 episode, 1953)
- Terry and the Sorority (1956) ... (story consultant)
- Uncle Daddy (1953) ... (writer)
 1955 The Seven Little Foys (written for the screen by)
 1954 Living It Up (screenplay)
 1953 Trouble Along the Way (screenplay)
 1952 April in Paris (story "Girl from Paris" - uncredited) / (written by)
 1952 Room for One More (screenplay)
 1951 Double Dynamite (screenplay)
 1951 I'll See You in My Dreams (written by)
 1951 On Moonlight Bay (screenplay)
 1950 Riding High (additional dialogue)
 1950 The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (screen play) / (story)
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing (screenplay)
 1949 The Great Lover (written by)
 1949 It's a Great Feeling (screenplay - as Mel Shavelson)
 1949 Sorrowful Jones (screenplay)
 1948 The Paleface (uncredited)
 1947 Where There's Life (based on a story by) / (screenplay)
 1947 KTLA Premiere (TV Movie)
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn (adapted by)
 1945 Hollywood Victory Caravan (Short) (uncredited)
 1945 Wonder Man (screenplay)
 1944 The Princess and the Pirate (screen play)
 1941 Ice-Capades (additional dialogue - as Shavelson and Josefsberg)
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Other Works:

Jimmy (1969). Musical. Music by Bill Jacob and Patti Jacob. Book by Melville Shavelson. Lyrics by Bill Jacob and Patti Jacob. Based on "Beau James" by Gene Fowler. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock. Vocal arrangements by Milton Rosenstock. Music arranged by Jack Andrews. Dance arrangements by John Berkman. Choreographed by ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Shavelson and Josefsberg | Mel Shavelson


Ruth Lafaye Florea  (his death) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

The problem with some people's careers in this business is that they never did enough work, frequently enough to be remembered. My problem is that I've done so much work so frequently that nobody remembers me. See more »


President of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw), 1969-71, 1979-81, 1985-87. See more »



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