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      Melville Shavelson

      Melville Shavelson

      Highest Rated: 100% Wonder Man (1945)

      Lowest Rated: 0% It Started in Naples (1960)

      Birthday: Apr 1, 1917

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Melville Shavelson honed his comedic writing chops while working as a joke writer on comedian Bob Hope's radio show, and traveled with the comic to Hollywood in the '30s. Many of his early screenwriting credits were Hope's early films, like "The Princess and the Pirate," in which Hope's cowardly actor pretends to be a Gypsy woman in order to escape capture by pirates, and "Sorrowful Jones," where Hope portrayed a flighty gambler who finds himself in charge of a young girl. Shavelson soon turned to directing, and his 1955 debut, the vaudeville biopic "The Seven Little Foys," earned acclaim for both Shavelson's screenplay and Hope's dramatic skills. At the end of the '50s, Shavelson earned another Oscar nomination for the romantic comedy "Houseboat," which starred Sophia Loren as a housemaid who falls in love with Cary Grant, and directed the biopic "The Five Pennies," in which Danny Kaye portrayed noted jazz bandleader Red Nichols. During the '60s Shavelson wrote and directed many of his most famous films, including "Yours, Mine and Ours," which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda as the exasperated but loving parents of a rambunctious 18-child family, and "It Started in Naples," about an uptight lawyer who raises his estranged brother's rebellious son and falls in love with the boy's beautiful mother. A three-time president of the Writers Guild of America, Shavelson also created the highly regarded '70s TV miniseries "Ike," about United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and taught screenwriting at the University of Southern California.


      A NEW KIND OF LOVE, Director Melville Shavelson and Eva Gabor on set, 1963 THE FIVE PENNIES, Danny Kaye, director Melville Shavelson, Sylvia Fine listening to one of the film's song on set, 1959



      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 100% Deceptions Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other Woman Director - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ike: The War Years Director,
      - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Houdinis Director - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legend of Valentino Director,
      - 1975
      No Score Yet 60% Mixed Company Director,
      - 1974
      No Score Yet 31% The War Between Men and Women Director - 1972
      57% 80% Yours, Mine and Ours Director,
      - 1968
      No Score Yet 51% Cast a Giant Shadow Director,
      - 1966
      13% 49% A New Kind of Love Director,
      - 1963
      No Score Yet 50% The Pigeon That Took Rome Director - 1962
      No Score Yet 61% On the Double Director - 1961
      0% 58% It Started in Naples Director,
      - 1960
      No Score Yet 92% The Five Pennies Director - 1959
      64% 71% Houseboat Director,
      - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beau James Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 61% The Seven Little Foys Director,
      - 1955
      No Score Yet 55% Living It Up Screenwriter - 1954
      No Score Yet 85% Room for One More Screenwriter - 1952
      No Score Yet 47% April in Paris Screenwriter - 1952
      67% 64% I'll See You in My Dreams Screenwriter - 1951
      No Score Yet 80% On Moonlight Bay Screenwriter - 1951
      No Score Yet 30% It's a Great Feeling Screenwriter - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Screenwriter - 1949
      No Score Yet 64% The Great Lover Screenwriter - 1949
      100% 84% Wonder Man Screenwriter - 1945


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Accidental Family Creator 1967-1968