Frank Fenton


Biography

Frank Fenton worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. A screenwriter for film, Fenton's best work was often considered to include "Behind Jury Doors" (1933), "Angel's Holiday" (1937) with Jane Withers and the comedy "Wild and Woolly" (1937) with Jane Withers. He also appeared in "Step Lively, Jeeves!" (1937), the adventure "International Settlement" (1938) wi...

Biography

Frank Fenton worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. A screenwriter for film, Fenton's best work was often considered to include "Behind Jury Doors" (1933), "Angel's Holiday" (1937) with Jane Withers and the comedy "Wild and Woolly" (1937) with Jane Withers. He also appeared in "Step Lively, Jeeves!" (1937), the adventure "International Settlement" (1938) with Dolores Del Rio and "Down on the Farm" (1938). He continued to act in productions like "Buffalo Bill" (1944) with Joel McCrea, "Rosie, the Riveter" (1944) and "Hold That Blonde" (1945) with Eddie Bracken. Nearing the end of his career, Fenton wrote the Spencer Tracy action flick "Malaya" (1950), the crime picture "Walk Softly, Stranger" (1950) with Joseph Cotten and the Robert Mitchum drama "His Kind of Woman" (1951). He also appeared in the Joseph Cotten mystery "The Man With a Cloak" (1951). Fenton was most recently credited in "Something For a Lonely Man" (NBC, 1968-69). In addition to his writing, Fenton also appeared in "A Modern Marriage" (1950). Fenton passed away in July 1957 at the age of 51.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Frigid Wife (1962)
Mr. Brown
Hell Bound (1957)
Harry Quantro
Fury at Gunsight Pass (1956)
Sheriff Meeker
Gun the Man Down (1956)
The Naked Hills (1956)
Harold
Emergency Hospital (1956)
Edward Northrop
Gun Fury (1953)
Poker player
Vicki (1953)
Eric
Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
Salcedo's lieutenant
The Nebraskan (1953)
Captain
Island in the Sky (1953)
Capt. Turner
Eyes of the Jungle (1953)
Silver City (1951)
Creede
Prairie Roundup (1951)
Buck Prescott
Texans Never Cry (1951)
Capt. Weldon
Tripoli (1950)
Captain Adams
Three Secrets (1950)
MacDonald
Trigger, Jr. (1950)
Sheriff Pettigrew
A Modern Marriage (1950)
Mr. Brown
Rogue River (1950)
Joe Dandrige
Streets of Ghost Town (1950)
Bart Selby
Double Deal (1950)
Pete
Sideshow (1950)
Manson
The Lawless (1950)
Mr. Prentiss
The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)
Red Buck
Rustlers (1949)
Brad Carew
Ranger of Cherokee Strip (1949)
Randolph McKinnon
The Golden Stallion (1949)
Sheriff
The Clay Pigeon (1949)
Lt. Comdr. Prentice
Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949)
Detective
Port of New York (1949)
Wyley
Mexican Hayride (1948)
Gus Adamson
Relentless (1948)
Jim Rupple
Hazard (1948)
Sheriff
Bodyguard (1948)
Lieutenant Borden
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Major Mathews
Renegades of Sonora (1948)
Sheriff Jim Crawford
Hit Parade of 1947 (1947)
Mr. Bonardi
Big Town (1947)
Lew Fletcher
The Adventures of Don Coyote (1947)
"Big Foot" Ferguson
Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947)
Paul Morgan
Magic Town (1947)
Birch
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Swamp Fire (1946)
Captain Pete Dailey
If I'm Lucky (1946)
Dwyer
The French Key (1946)
Horatio Vedder
This Man's Navy (1945)
Captain Grant
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945)
Winters
Hold That Blonde (1945)
Mr. Phillips
Secret Command (1944)
Simms
Hi, Good Lookin'! (1944)
Gib Dickson
Buffalo Bill (1944)
Murdo Carvell
The Big Noise (1944)
Charlton
Rosie, the Riveter (1944)
Wayne Calhoun
Destiny (1944)
Sam [Baker]
Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Russell [Rogers]
Claudia (1943)
Hartley
A Scream in the Dark (1943)
Sam Lackey, also known as Benny
Minesweeper (1943)
Lt. Gilpin
Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943)
Burke
The Navy Comes Through (1942)
Hodum

Writer (Feature Film)

Dangerous Days Of Kiowa Jones (1966)
Screenplay
The Jayhawkers! (1959)
Writer
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Screenwriter
These Wilder Years (1956)
Screenwriter
Untamed (1955)
Screenwriter
Seven Cities of Gold (1955)
Contract Writer
Garden of Evil (1954)
Screenwriter
River of No Return (1954)
Screenwriter
Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
Screenwriter
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
Screenwriter
The Wild North (1952)
Written for Screen by
His Kind of Woman (1951)
Writer
The Man with a Cloak (1951)
Written for Screen by
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
Screenwriter
Malaya (1949)
Screenwriter
Station West (1948)
Screenwriter
Night Song (1948)
Screenwriter
Out of the Past (1947)
Contr to Screenplay const
Nocturne (1946)
Story
Lady Luck (1946)
Screenwriter
Goodnight, Sweetheart (1944)
Original Story
The Sky's the Limit (1943)
Original Screenplay
They Got Me Covered (1943)
Additional Dialogue
Highways by Night (1942)
Screenwriter
Cadets on Parade (1942)
Story
A Date with the Falcon (1942)
Screenwriter
The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
Screenwriter
The Gay Falcon (1941)
Screenwriter
Little Orvie (1940)
Screenwriter
The Saint Takes Over (1940)
Screenwriter
Millionaires in Prison (1940)
Screenwriter
The Golden Fleecing (1940)
Original Story
The Saint in London (1939)
Screenwriter
While New York Sleeps (1939)
Original Story
Keep Smiling (1938)
From an original idea by
Checkers (1938)
Screenwriter
Down on the Farm (1938)
Original Story
International Settlement (1938)
Original Story
Checkers (1938)
Original Story
Angel's Holiday (1937)
Original story and Screenplay
Step Lively, Jeeves! (1937)
Screenwriter
Wild and Woolly (1937)
Original Screenplay
Woman Chases Man (1937)
Original Story
The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)
Contr to Screenplay const
Dinky (1935)
Story
Dos noches (1933)
Story
Revenge at Monte Carlo (1933)
Story
Behind Jury Doors (1932)
Story

Cast (Short)

Purity Squad (1945)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Station West (1948) - He Picks A Good Fight Emerging from an Arizona saloon, sometime after a military gold robbery, Dick Powell, who’s still pretty much a stranger to us, follows a soldier (Steve Brodie) with whom he argued, when some neat exposition introduces Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Caslon, and Tom Powers as Capt. Iles, in Station West, 1948.
Station West (1948) - I Like The Way You Sing Casing the saloon in the Arizona town where he’s arrived after the death of two soldiers in a gold shipment robbery, Dick Powell, whose name we haven’t learned, observes the almost implausibly attractive singer (Jane Greer), then meets a testy Army man (Steve Brodie) and a barkeep (John Doucette), in Station West, 1948.
Station West (1948) - I Ain't Dead Yet Straight from a Burl Ives vocal under the credits, the aftermath of a gold robbery and Dick Powell arriving in town, the exterior certainly Sedona, Az, probably day-for-night, where Burl as the innkeeper resumes the song, opening director Sidney Lanfield’s taut, overlooked Western, Station West, 1948, also starring Jane Greer.
Nocturne (1946) - This Is A Dancing School Location shooting at the Pantages in Hollywood, George Raft as detective Joe tracking a witness braces a ticket taker and a manager (Gladys Blake, Sam Flint) then a little gag, as the accomplished hoofer visits a dance school, learning from Janet Shaw, in RKO’s Nocturne, 1946.
Nocturne (1946) - I Have Been Avoiding You Abundant style in the opening,as composer Keith Vincent (Edward Ashley), whom they’re playing for, maybe, a callous Cole Porter, performs for, he says, “Dolores,” though she’s never revealed, in Nocturne, 1946, directed by Edwin L. Marin, starring George Raft and Lynn Bari.
Nocturne (1946) - Q.E.D. Suicide Introducing players investigating the murder scene, with William Challee the camera, Harry Harvey the doc, Walter Sande the head cop but mainly George Raft as detective Joe Warne, then Virginia Huston in her first credited part, all brass as Carol, the mighty good-looking maid, in Nocturne, 1946.
Nocturne (1946) - I Don't Like Those Kind Of Pictures Following leads toward the murdered guy’s girlfriends, George Raft as detective Joe meets a peeved photographer (John Banner, a.k.a. Sergeant Schultz from TV’s Hogan’s Heroes!) Virginia Kelley his model, then finally co-top-billed Lynn Bari as Frances, Robert Andersen her boy-toy, in Nocturne, 1946.
His Kind Of Woman (1951) - I Might Forget What I'm Doing Ebullient after the screening of one of his pictures at a Mexican resort, philandering actor Cardigan (Vincent Price) visits his paramour Lenore (Jane Russell) and fugitive gambler Dan (Robert Mitchum), then she confirms that musician Harry (Stacy Harris) really does know her from a previous life, into her song by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson, in His Kind Of Woman, 1951.
His Kind Of Woman (1951) - Where Do Old Gangsters Go To Die? Opening is narrated by Charles McGraw who will soon appear as gang henchman Thompson, introducing Raymond Burr as exiled gangster Ferraro (modeled on Lucky Luciano), who calls Corle (Paul Frees), John Mylong their third party, John Farrow directing, in His Kind Of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell.
His Kind Of Woman (1951) - Who's Happily Married? Ever more embittered paid girlfriend Lenore (Jane Russell) and her new confidant Dan (Robert Mitchum) at a Mexican resort have been summoned by her movie actor sponsor Mark Cardigan (Vincent Price), informing him that his wife has arrived, his agent (Carleton G. Young) attempting a rescue, in His Kind Of Woman, 1951.
His Kind Of Woman (1951) - You Don't Like Fish? Not much story accomplished here but a money scene nonetheless, for attitude from Jane Russell as Lenore in her swimsuit and Robert Mitchum as busted gambler Dan, sent to a Mexican resort by gangsters for a mission he doesn’t yet understand, Jim Backus and Leslye Manning as other goofy guests, in His Kind Of Woman, 1951, from Howard Hughes’ RKO.
His Kind Of Woman (1951) - You're Being Paged Working the crowd at Morro's resort in Baja, Dan (Robert Mitchum) with nervous bride Jennie (Leslye Banning), mysterious Kraft (John Mylong), dishy Lenore (Jane Russell) and, in his first appearance, vacationing movie actor Cardigan (Vincent Price), in John Farrow's His Kind Of Woman, 1951.

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