Frances Goodrich


Playwright, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Belleville, New Jersey, USA
Born
December 21, 1890
Died
January 29, 1984
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

With husband Albert Hackett, wrote several Hollywood classics including "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), in collaboration with director Frank Capra....

Family & Companions

Robert Ames
Husband
Actor. Married in 1917; divorced in 1923.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Husband
Writer, historian. Married in 1927; divorced in 1930.
Albert Hackett
Husband
Screenwriter, playwright. Met in 1927 when both were company members of an acting troupe in Denver, Colorado; married in 1931.

Bibliography

"The Real Nick and Nora: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen"
David L Goodrich, Southern Illinois University Press (2001)

Biography

With husband Albert Hackett, wrote several Hollywood classics including "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), in collaboration with director Frank Capra.

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
Story By
Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
From Story
Father of the Bride (1991)
From Story
Father of the Bride (1991)
Story By
The Diary of Anne Frank (1980)
Screenwriter
The Diary of Anne Frank (1980)
Play As Source Material
Five Finger Exercise (1962)
Screenwriter
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Screenwriter
A Certain Smile (1958)
Screenwriter
Gaby (1956)
Screenwriter
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Screenwriter
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Screenwriter
Give a Girl a Break (1954)
Screenwriter
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Screenwriter
Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Screenwriter
Father of the Bride (1950)
Screenwriter
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Written for Screen by
Easter Parade (1948)
Screenwriter
The Pirate (1948)
Screenwriter
Summer Holiday (1948)
Screenwriter
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)
Contract Writer
Easter Parade (1948)
Original Story
The Virginian (1946)
Screenwriter
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Screenwriter
The Hitler Gang (1944)
Writer
Lady in the Dark (1944)
Screenwriter
Society Lawyer (1939)
Screenwriter
Another Thin Man (1939)
Screenwriter
The Firefly (1937)
Screenwriter
After the Thin Man (1936)
Screenwriter
Rose-Marie (1936)
Screenwriter
Small Town Girl (1936)
Screenwriter
Ah, Wilderness (1935)
Screenwriter
Naughty Marietta (1935)
Screenwriter
Hide-Out (1934)
Screenwriter
Fugitive Lovers (1934)
Screenwriter
The Thin Man (1934)
Screenwriter
Chained (1934)
Contr to dial
Penthouse (1933)
Screenwriter
The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933)
Screenwriter

Life Events

1913

Made stage acting debut in Massachusetts

1916

Broadway acting debut, "Come Out of the Kitchen"

1930

First collaboration with Albert Hackett, "Up Pops the Devil"

1931

Feature debut, "Up Pops the Devil", based on her play

1933

First screenplay, also first collaboration with W.S. Van Dyke, "Penthouse"

1946

Wrote screenplay for Frank Capra's, "It's a Wonderful Life"

1948

First collaboration with Vincente Minnelli, "The Pirate"

1962

Final feature, "Five Finger Exercise"

1980

Only TV credit, "The Diary of Anne Frank", wrote screenplay based on her stage play

Videos

Movie Clip

Too Young To Kiss (1951) - In Winnipeg It Is Not Cold? After just a glance of co-star June Allyson in his waiting room, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson), blowing off a German tenor, makes excuses for French singer Denise (Paula, a.k.a. Rita, Corday) early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951 from a Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett screenplay.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - There's No Room At The Top Having just realized she could fake being a teenager in order to get an audition, ambitious classical pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) is intercepted at home by her boyfriend John (Gig Young), early in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, also starring Van Johnson.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - She's Box Office! Thinking he’s discovered a prodigy, concert promoter Wainright (Van Johnson) arrives with contracts at the apartment of pianist Cynthia (June Allyson) who, having posed at her audition as her fictional kid-sister Molly, takes a stab at making things right, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951.
Too Young To Kiss (1951) - Revolutionary Etude Both billed above the title in their 4th picture starring together, June Allyson is twenty-something pianist Cynthia posing as her fictional kid sister Molly, and Van Johnson is Wainright, the impresario holding auditions for a youth orchestra, Hans Conreid introducing her, for the familiar Chopin composition, in MGM’s Too Young To Kiss, , 1951, with impressive fake playing by June, who had some piano training as a child.
Rose-Marie (1936) - Romeo And Juliet Opening in a fancy Montreal theater, Jeanette MacDonald as the star Marie de Flor, performing in the French opera Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, Jules Barbier and Marcel Carre, big troubles coming in her personal life, in Rose-Marie, 1936 also starring Nelson Eddy.
Summer Holiday (1948) - Our Home Town From the top, Walter Huston as dad Nat Miller introduces the gimmick, original tunes by Harry Warren and Ralph Blane serving as exposition in the musical adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness, bringing in Butch Jenkins, Michael Kirby, Marilyn Maxwell, Selena Royle, Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead, in Summer Holiday, 1948, produced by Arthur Freed for MGM.
Summer Holiday (1948) - Afraid To Fall In Love Setting may look a little more Hollywood than the purported Danville, Connecticut, but Mickey Rooney as graduating Richard is lobbying for a smooch from girlfriend Muriel (Gloria De Haven), director Rouben Mamoulian giving them rope with a Harry Warren/Ralph Blane original, in Summer Holiday, 1948, from producer Arthur Freed for MGM.
Summer Holiday (1948) - The Stanley Steamer Graduation from Danville, CT High School, June 1906, Mickey Rooney as ebullient Richard hears first from Gloria De Haven as girlfriend Muriel, then joins Agnes Moorehed (“Cousin Lily”) and his dad (Walter Huston) as they board the genuine car, with another original song by Harry Warren and Ralph Blane, in the musical adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!, from MGM’s Arthur Freed unit, Summer Holiday, 1948.
Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - Have You Seen My Shoes? Life in the attic apartment, Anne (Millie Perkins) first writing and narrating, then taunting Peter (Richard Beymer), his mother (Shelley Winters) and her father (Joseph Schildkraut) supporting, in George Stevens' The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.
Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - I'm Living A Great Adventure In Amsterdam just after the war, Joseph Schildkraut as Otto Frank has just been identified, greeted by Miep (Dody Heath) and Kraler (Douglas Spencer), whom we surmise helped him and his family hide from the Nazis, leading to the introduction of the diary and the title character (Millie Perkins), early in George Stevens' The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.
Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - Bring Only What You Can Carry Delivered by the hosts (Douglas Spencer, Dody Heath) and introduced to the hidden family (including Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Millie Perkins as the title character and Lou Jacobi as Van Daan), dentist Dussell (Ed Wynn) brings harrowing news of Amsterdam, in George Stevens’ The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.
Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959) - Was It A Very Bad Dream? A dream sequence from screenwriters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, from their play and directed by George Stevens, Millie Perkins as the title character, in Amsterdam ca. 1944, imagining scenes of German concentration camps that have been described only by hearsay, Gusti Huber as her mother, in The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959.

Trailer

Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959) -- (Original Trailer) Theatrical trailer for producer-director George Stevens’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket, based on the original diary, The Diary Of Anne Frank, 1959, starring Millie Perkins.
Father's Little Dividend - (Original Trailer) In the sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), Spencer Tracy discovers the joys and pains of grandfatherhood.
Rose-Marie (1936) - (Original Trailer) An opera singer goes undercover in the Canadian wilderness to hunt for her criminal brother in Rose Marie (1936) starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.
Easter Parade (1948) -- (Re-issue Trailer) When his partner leaves him, a vaudeville star trains an untried performer to take her place in Easter Parade (1948) starring Judy Garland & Fred Astaire.
Gaby - (Original Trailer) Gaby (1956), Waterloo Bridge in color and widescreen with Leslie Caron as the woman left behind in World War II.
Firefly, The - (Original Trailer) A Spanish spy (Jeanette MacDonald) masquerades as a singer to sabotage Napoleon's forces in this MGM adaptation of the Rudolf Friml operetta.
After the Thin Man - (Original Trailer) Married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles try to clear Nora's cousin of a murder charge in After the Thin Man (1936).
Pirate, The - (Original Trailer) An actor (Gene Kelly) poses as a notorious buccaneer to court a romantic Caribbean girl (Judy Garland) in The Pirate (1948).
Secret Of Madame Blanche, The - (Original Trailer) Irene Dunne must do the noble thing to keep The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933) from the son she gave up long ago.
Ah, Wilderness! - (Original Trailer) A small-town boy (Eric Linden) at the turn of the century, longs for a taste of the wild life in Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! (1935).
Naughty Marietta - (Re-issue trailer) A French princess in colonial America gets involved with an Indian scout in the musical, Naughty Marietta (1935).
Long, Long Trailer, The - (Original Trailer) Life on the road becomes a comic nightmare for a honeymooning couple in an oversized motor home in The Long, Long Trailer (1954), starring Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz.

Companions

Robert Ames
Husband
Actor. Married in 1917; divorced in 1923.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Husband
Writer, historian. Married in 1927; divorced in 1930.
Albert Hackett
Husband
Screenwriter, playwright. Met in 1927 when both were company members of an acting troupe in Denver, Colorado; married in 1931.

Bibliography

"The Real Nick and Nora: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen"
David L Goodrich, Southern Illinois University Press (2001)