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