Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett wrote the screenplays for some of Americas most treasured movies, including Its a Wonderful Life, The Thin Man, Easter Parade, Father of the Bride, Naughty Marietta, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Legendary films, indeed, but writing both the play and screenplay for The Diary of Anne Frank was their crowning achievement.Controlled chaos best describes their writing method They discussed a scene at length, sometimes acting it out Afterwards, they each wrote a draft, which they exchanged Then, Frances said, began free criticismwhich sometimes erupted into screaming matches Noisy and contentious, the method worked splendidly.Enormously successful and remarkably prolific, Goodrich and Hackett began their thirty four year collaboration in 1928 Married after the first of their five plays became a hit, they were in many ways an unlikely pair Frances, the privileged daughter of well to do parents, graduated from Vassar, then played minor parts on Broadway Alberts mother put him on stage at age five, when his father died, to help pay the bills, and he became a highly paid comedian.The Hacketts were known for their wit and high spirits and the pleasure of their Bel Air dinner parties They waged memorable battles with their powerful bosses and were key activists in the stressful creation of the Screen Writers Guild Once they had created Nick and Nora Charles, The Thin Mans bright, charming, sophisticated lead couple, played memorably by William Powell and Myrna Loy, many people saw a strong resemblance, and the Hacketts acknowledged that they put themselves into Nick and Nora.The Real Nick and Nora is a dazzling assemblage of anecdotes featuring some of the most talented writers and the brightest lights of American stage and screen The work was arduous, the parties luminous On any given night the guests singing and acting out scripts at a party might include F Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham, S J Perelman, Oscar Levant, Ogden Nash, Judy Garland, Abe Burrows, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Pat OBrien, Dick Powell and June Allyson, Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, James Cagney, and Dorothy Parker....
|Title||:||The Real Nick and Nora: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen Classics|
|Publisher||:||Southern Illinois University Press 1st edition December 12, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||975 KB|
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The Real Nick and Nora: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen Classics Reviews
Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett were a married couple that wrote the screenplays for some of the most beloved Hollywood movies, including the first “Thin Man” films, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Easter Parade,” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” They were also frequent residents of the Garden of Allah Hotel. This biography, written by Frances’ nephew gives, us a loving and well-researched look into what it was really like to be a writer swimming in the shark-infested waters of the Hollywood studio system and Broadway.
I had read the book and bought this copy for a friend who loves movies. It is a great story along with a background to the business of making movies. If I didn't think it was excellent I would not have bought for by friend, who is a real lover of movies.
The "Real Nick and Nora" are every bit as entertaining as their creation. A fascinating time in American films and theatre...all the players are here...a great and informative read. A book written with fondness not fawning.
Screenwriters Frances Goodrich and husband Albert Hackett brought us such great flicks as It's a Wonderful Life, The Thin Man, Easter Parade, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the Diary of Anne Frank. Beautifully researched and chocked full of stories of how some of the 'rich and famous' lived; this couple, in the midst of the phoniest, appear to have been for real. It was a treat for this classic movie fan!
In ''The Real Nick and Nora - Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen Classics,'' author and Frances' nephew David L. Goodrich puts together a comprehensive and delightful portrait of his aunt and her husband and writing partner Albert Hackett.
A slice of Broadway and Hollywood history. There's much background about "The Diary Of Anne Frank". Anyone interested in any three should get a copy.
One of the finest books on Hollywood in recent years. Through the biographical prism of one of the most engaging, accomplished and loved couples in American screen and stage writing history, Goodrich captures the excitement and tears of movie production. A must read for movie lovers, the stage struck, aspiring writers, lovers of the Thin Man series, It's a Wonderful Life, Anne Frankf and mid-century cultural studies.