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      Melvin Frank

      Melvin Frank

      Highest Rated: 97% The Court Jester (1955)

      Lowest Rated: 44% The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

      Birthday: Aug 13, 1913

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Began his career, with partner Norman Panama, as a writer for the Bob Hope radio show. The pair graduated to feature film writing in 1942, subsequently collaborating on the Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour "Road" movies as well as a number of noted romantic comedies including "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948), which they also produced. From 1949 onward Frank and Panama alternated directing and producing duties on several films, including the Danny Kaye vehicles "Knock on Wood" (1954) and the especially good "The Court Jester" (1956), before amicably dissolving the partnership in 1960. Each subsequently pursued a successful solo career. Frank's credits gradually became more intermittent but he still helmed some enjoyable comedies, the best of which were probably "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" (1968) and "A Touch of Class" (1973).

      Photos

      THE JAYHAWKERS, from left: Nicole Maurey, Fess Parker, director Melvin Frank on set, 1959 THE JAYHAWKERS, Nicole Maurey, producer and director Melvin Frank, Fess Parker, producer Norman Panama, on-set, 1959 KNOCK ON WOOD, from left: director/screenwriter Melvin Frank, Sylvia Fine, director/screenwriter Norman Panama, Danny Kaye on set, 1954 STRANGE BEDFELLOWS, Gig Young, Rock Hudson, clowning around with director/writer Melvin Franks' chair, on-set, 1965 THE COURT JESTER, director Melvin Frank, (arms folded), Danny Kaye, (n plumed helmet), on-set, 1956 WALK LIKE A MAN, from left: Howie Mandel, director Melvin Frank, on set, 1987. ©MGM

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 52% Walk Like a Man Director $186.9K 1987
      No Score Yet 40% Lost and Found Director,
      Producer
      - 1979
      50% 57% The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Director,
      Producer
      - 1976
      44% 67% The Prisoner of Second Avenue Director,
      Producer
      - 1975
      86% 64% A Touch of Class Director,
      Producer
      - 1973
      No Score Yet 68% Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Director - 1968
      83% 77% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1966
      No Score Yet 38% Not With My Wife, You Don't! Writer - 1966
      No Score Yet 40% Strange Bedfellows Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1965
      60% 40% The Road to Hong Kong Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1962
      No Score Yet 61% The Facts of Life Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trap Producer - 1959
      No Score Yet 63% Li'l Abner Director - 1959
      No Score Yet 67% The Jayhawkers Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Certain Feeling Director,
      Producer
      - 1956
      97% 93% The Court Jester Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1955
      No Score Yet 63% Knock on Wood Director - 1954
      77% 88% White Christmas Writer - 1954
      No Score Yet 67% Above and Beyond Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1953
      No Score Yet 22% Callaway Went Thataway Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1951
      No Score Yet 20% Strictly Dishonorable Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1951
      No Score Yet 30% The Reformer and the Redhead Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1950
      No Score Yet 57% Star Spangled Rhythm Writer - 1942