Melvin Frank




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Melvin Frank, an American screenwriter, producer, and director, was born on August 13, 1913, in Chicago, Illinois. He was well known as a prolific writer of romantic comedies and had a successful writing partnership with Norman Panama, his former school-friend, for over thirty years. In his lifetime, apart from writing 34 movies, he also directed 17 movies and produced 19 movies. Some of his well known film credits include Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (2007), A Touch of Class (1973), The Road to Hong Kong (1962), and The Court Jester (1956). He was also active in Broadway productions and along with Norman, created an award-winning Broadway play, Li'l Abner, which was based on a comic strip by Al Capp. He was nominated for five Oscars and was awarded the Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement in 1984 and WGA Award in 1974 by the Writers Guild of America, USA. He died of complications from open-heart surgery on October 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 75 years.