When Larry Larkin’s comic strip needs some freshening up, he calls in ghost-writer Francis X. Dignan to help him with the strip. Things get complicated when Francis rekindles his love for his ex-wife, who happens to be Larkin’s secretary and soon-to-be wife. —IMDb
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, Frank and Panama moved to Hollywood and embarked on a career writing radio scripts and gags for Bob Hope and Milton Berle. Specialising in light comedy, they came up with the original storyline for Hope’s My Favorite Blonde (1942). This opened the door for a joint screenwriting contract with Paramount (1941-46), their prolific work together culminating in an Oscar nomination for the popular Bob Hope-Bing Crosby vehicle, Road to Utopia (1946).
Continuing their run of witty comedies, Frank and Panama next wrote and produced the Cary Grant-Myrna Loy box office hit Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), adapted from a satirical novel by Eric Hodgins (about a couple… read more
Norman Panama (April 21, 1914 – January 13, 2003) was an American screenwriter and film director born in Chicago, Illinois. He collaborated with a former schoolfriend, Melvin Frank to form a writing partnership which endured for three decades. He also wrote gags for comedians such as Bob Hope’s radio program and for Groucho Marx.
The most famous films he directed were Li’l Abner (1959), the Danny Kaye film The Court Jester (1956), and the Bob Hope film How to Commit Marriage (1969). He wrote Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Road to Utopia (1946), and The Court Jester, among other movies.
He won an Edgar Award for A Talent for Murder (1981), a play he co-wrote with Jerome Chodorov.
Panama continued to write and direct through the 1980s.
He died in 2003 in Los Angeles, California from complications due to Parkinson’s disease. —Wikipedia