Mike Frankovich


Executive, Producer

About

Also Known As
M J Frankovich, Mike J Frankovich, Mitchell John Frankovich, M. J. Frankovich
Birth Place
Bisbee, Arizona, USA
Born
September 29, 1909
Died
January 01, 1992
Cause of Death
Pneumonia; Had Been Suffering From Alzheimer's Disease

Biography

Began his career as a radio producer and commentator and entered films in 1938 as a screenwriter. In the early 1950s, Frankovich became an independent producer based in Europe. He joined Columbia Pictures' international division in England in 1955 and was involved in the David Lean-Sam Spiegel epics "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) as well as "Dr. Str...

Family & Companions

Binnie Barnes
Wife
Actor. Born on March 25, 1905; second wife; married in 1940; appeared in films like "Decameron Nights" (1953) produced by Frankovich; died on July 27, 1998.

Notes

Member of the Variety Club (chief barker Tent 36) (1957)

Founding member and executive committee board member of the American Film Institute.

Biography

Began his career as a radio producer and commentator and entered films in 1938 as a screenwriter. In the early 1950s, Frankovich became an independent producer based in Europe. He joined Columbia Pictures' international division in England in 1955 and was involved in the David Lean-Sam Spiegel epics "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) as well as "Dr. Strangelove" (1964).

After returning to the US as Columbia's vice president in charge of production in 1964, Frankovich was responsible for such films as "Cat Ballou" (1965), "A Man For All Seasons" (1966), "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "In Cold Blood" (both 1967) and "Oliver!" (1968). In 1968 he resigned to produce his own films, often comedies and frequently starring Goldie Hawn; one notable exception was John Wayne's swan song, "The Shootist" (1976).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Crew chief
West Point Widow (1941)
Announcer at football game
Buck Privates (1941)
Announcer
The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Announcer
Tight Shoes (1941)
Carter
Meet John Doe (1941)
So You Won't Talk (1940)
Stage manager
Yesterday's Heroes (1940)
Announcer
Hullabaloo (1940)
Golf broadcaster
West Point of the Air (1935)
Football player

Producer (Feature Film)

Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978)
Executive Producer
The Shootist (1976)
Producer
From Noon Till Three (1976)
Producer
Report To The Commissioner (1975)
Producer
40 Carats (1973)
Producer
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
Producer
Stand Up and Be Counted (1972)
Producer
Doctors' Wives (1971)
Producer
$ (1971)
Producer
The Love Machine (1971)
Producer
There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)
Producer
The Looking Glass War (1969)
Executive Producer
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Executive Producer
Marooned (1969)
Producer
Cactus Flower (1969)
Producer
Spin a Dark Web (1957)
Executive Producer
Thunderstorm (1956)
Executive Producer
Joe MacBeth (1956)
Producer
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
Producer
Fire over Africa (1954)
Producer
Decameron Nights (1953)
Producer
Fugitive Lady (1951)
Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Technical Advisor

Production Companies (Feature Film)

There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)
Company
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Company
Marooned (1969)
Company
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
Company

Producer (Special)

State Fair (1976)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1934

Worked as a producer and radio commentator

1938

Became a screenwriter for Universal Pictures

1941

Acted in feature, "Buck Privates" and played an announcer in "Meet John Doe"

1947

Was associate producer on such serials as "G-Men Never Forget" and "The Black Widow"

1951

Became an independent producer with Columbia; produced first feature, "Fugitive Lady"

1958

Placed in charge of international production at Columbia Pictures

1967

Resigned from Screen Gems Ltd. To become independent producer

1967

Appointed director of BLC films; chairman of Screen Gems Ltd.

Videos

Movie Clip

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) - We Had Intercourse Home from a trip north, documentarian Bob (Robert Culp) in L-A with spouse Carol (Natalie Wood), shortly after their experience at the new age “institute,” having put their son to bed, feels a need to confess, Paul Mazursky directing from his screenplay written with Larry Tucker, in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1970.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice - I'm Your Guide Following the credits, Greg Mullavey steers his group at the Southern California “institute,’ Robert Culp and Natalie Wood, as Bob and Carol, Diane Berghoff as Myrna, Andrè Philippe as silent but obsequious Oscar, in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1969, directed by Paul Mazursky from his screenplay with Larry Tucker.
Cactus Flower (1969) - Opening, Toni Opening sequence with Sarah Vaughn singing a Quincy Jones original, introducing kooky Greenwich Village Toni (Goldie Hawn, in her Academy Award-winning role), from Cactus Flower, 1969, also starring Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.
Marooned (1969) - This Is Launch Control An impressive start, with NASA cooperation, though seen by some as accurate to a fault, the launch of astronauts James Franciscus, Gene Hackman and Richard Crenna in the fictional Ironman spacecraft, John Sturges directing, from Marooned, 1969, starring Gregory Peck.
Fire Over Africa (1954) - I'll Stick With My Conscience The opening scenes having established Tangier as a criminal hotbed and herself as the one brazen, intrepid sexy lady spy for the job, Maureen O'Hara deplanes, meeting laid-back Logan (MacDonald Carey) and turning heads in general, in Fire Over Africa, 1954.
Fire Over Africa (1954) - Everything's For Sale Maureen O'Hara's first night out in Tangier as sexy spy Joanna Dane, informing "The Moor" (Antonio Casas) that their handler has been offed, then meeting smuggler DuPont (Leonard Sachs) and saloon keeper Frisco (Binnie Barnes, wife of the producer Mike Frankovich), in Fire Over Africa, 1954.
$ -- (1971) - This Thing Never Sleeps Following writer-director Richard Brooks' thorough introduction of Frankfurt in then-West Germany, the first appearance of star Warren Beatty, as bank security expert Joe Collins, Gert Frobe his customer, and Goldie Hawn, her role not quite clear, early in $, 1971.
There's A Girl In My Soup - Supply and Demand Hippie Yank Marion (Goldie Hawn) has come home with famous lothario Robert Danvers (Peter Sellers) unaware of his reputation, leading to candid chat in director Roy Boulting's There's A Girl In My Soup, 1970.
There's A Girl In My Soup - Opening, Mr. Danvers Full-on Goldie Hawn graphics in the opening titles, as she won't appear for a good 15 minutes, leading to introduction of co-star Peter Sellers (as "Danvers"), from Roy Boulting's There's A Girl In My Soup, 1970.
There's A Girl In My Soup - Good Taste Having already dallied with the bride, TV host Danvers (Peter Sellers) begins his conquest of Julia (Gabrielle Drake, sister of the singer-songwriter Nick) at a country wedding in There's A Girl In My Soup, 1970.

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Family

Joe E Brown
Father
Actor, comedian. Adoptive parent; born on July 28, 1892; died in 1973.
Lee Frankovich
Brother
Claire Frankovich
Sister
Peter Frankovich
Son
Producer. Formerly executive vice president, motion pictures and TV for ITC Productions.
Mike J Frankovich Jr
Son
Film executive.
Michele De Motte
Daughter

Companions

Binnie Barnes
Wife
Actor. Born on March 25, 1905; second wife; married in 1940; appeared in films like "Decameron Nights" (1953) produced by Frankovich; died on July 27, 1998.

Bibliography

Notes

Member of the Variety Club (chief barker Tent 36) (1957)

Founding member and executive committee board member of the American Film Institute.

He was named president of Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas in 1977.

Served as Trustee of the UCLA Foundation.

He served as Trustee of the St. John's Hospital Health Center in Los Angeles.