Frank Wead


Screenwriter

Biography

Frank Wead wrote a variety of screenplays throughout the duration of his Hollywood career. Wead began his entertainment career in film writing following credits on "The Flying Fleet" (1929), "Shipmates" (1931) and the action flick "Hell Divers" (1931) with Wallace Beery. He also appeared in the action picture "Air Mail" (1932) with Pat O'Brien and "The All American" (1932). Wead wa...

Biography

Frank Wead wrote a variety of screenplays throughout the duration of his Hollywood career. Wead began his entertainment career in film writing following credits on "The Flying Fleet" (1929), "Shipmates" (1931) and the action flick "Hell Divers" (1931) with Wallace Beery. He also appeared in the action picture "Air Mail" (1932) with Pat O'Brien and "The All American" (1932). Wead was nominated for a Writing (Original Story) Academy Award for "Test Pilot" in 1938 as well as for a Writing (Screenplay) Academy Award for "The Citadel" in 1938. In the latter half of his career, Wead wrote the Errol Flynn action movie "Dive Bomber" (1941), "Destroyer" (1943) and "I'll Tell the World" (1945). Wead more recently wrote "The Beginning or the End" (1947). Wead passed away in November 1947 at the age of 52.

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - Atom Bomb Special A wholly fictional prologue, as the ceremony covered in this fake newsreel never took place, and all the identified historical figures are portrayed by actors (Brian Donlevy, Hume Cronyn prominent), in MGM’s government-approved story of the atom bomb, The Beginning Or The End, 1947.
They Were Expendable (1945) - Mr. Ryan's Guest Navy nurse and almost-girlfriend Sandy (Donna Reed) joins Rusty Ryan (John Wayne), his superior Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and cohorts for dinner and sentiment in the Philippines, in John Ford's They Were Expendable, 1945.
Destroyer (1943) - Shipbuilding Steve "Boley" Boleslavski (Edward G. Robinson) enthuses about building the new destroyer "John Paul Jones" in Destroyer, 1943, from a story by Frank "Spig" Wead.
Destroyer (1943) - You Don't Look Like A Destroyer Man Newly assigned training officer Steve Boleslavski (Edward G. Robinson) runs into a tough recruit named Donohue (Glenn Ford) in Destroyer, 1943, from a story by Frank "Spig" Wead.
Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - Just Another Bomb Jonathan Hale resembles Vannevar Bush, whom he plays, consulting FDR (Godfrey Tearle) about the need for atomic research, whose call across the pond causes fictional Brits Chisolm (Richard Haydn) and Wyatt (Hurd Hatfield) to proceed to Chicago, in The Beginning Or The End, 1947.
Hoodlum Saint, The (1946) - Baltimore, 1919 Opening in Baltimore, 1919, MGM offers William Powell as reporter-turned-doughboy come home, visiting his old newspaper where there’s no job on offer, meeting his pals and Will Wright as his old editor, in The Hoodlum Saint, 1946, original screenplay by Frank Wead and James Hill.
Hoodlum Saint, The (1946) - Everything Is Sweetness And Love Crashing a Baltimore society wedding in 1919, out-of-work WWI vet reporter Terry (William Powell) has charmed Kay (Esther Williams), whom he learns is the niece of the publisher (Charles Trowbridge) and friend of the financier Malbery (Henry O’Neill) he hoped to meet, in The Hoodlum Saint, 1946.
Hoodlum Saint, The (1946) - If I Had You Home in Baltimore, now a Wall Street success, Terry (William Powell) has brought jewelry and hopes to win back ex-flame Kay (Esther Williams), but is thwarted, and returns to New York, where he finds some comfort with a friend, singer Dusty (Angela Lansbury), in MGM’s The Hoodlum Saint, 1946.
They Were Expendable (1945) - Those Boats Of Yours Director John Ford framing the predicament, torpedo boat pilots Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Ryan (John Wayne) put on a terrific show in Manila Bay, then get dissed by an admiral, early in They Were Expendable, 1946.
They Were Expendable (1945) - Rather LIke Back Home Mostly on her initiative, Navy nurse Sandy (Donna Reed) and her recovering patient Lt. Ryan (John Wayne) have danced into seclusion during a party at the hospital, when his boss Brickley (Robert Montgomery) interrupts, on Corregidor, 1941, in John Ford's They Were Expendable, 1945.
They Were Expendable (1945) - Lay Down That Sacrifice Hopes are raised when Ryan (John Wayne) and fellow P-T boat captains see a chance for action, then dashed when Brickley (Robert Montgomery) gets orders from the admiral (Charles Trowbridge), in John Ford's They Were Expendable, 1945.
They Were Expendable (1945) - Those Are Jap Planes Japanese planes in attack formation over Manila Bay, Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and his exec Ryan (John Wayne) sense a chance to demonstrate the value of their often overlooked Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron, early in John Ford's They Were Expendable, 1945.

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