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Frank Tashlin is a Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Animation and Additional Dialogue American born on 19 february 1913 at New Jersey (USA)

Frank Tashlin

Frank Tashlin
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Birth name Francis Fredrick von Taschlein
Nationality USA
Birth 19 february 1913 at New Jersey (USA)
Death 5 may 1972 (at 59 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Frank Tashlin, born Francis Fredrick von Taschlein, also known as Tish Tash or Frank Tash (February 19, 1913 – May 5, 1972), was an American animator, screenwriter, and film director.


Cinéma d'animation
À partir de 1930, il commence à travailler pour Paul Terry comme dessinateur sur la série animée Aesop's Film Fables, puis brièvement pour Amadee J. Van Beuren. Il rejoint ensuite les studios de Leon Schlesinger à la Warner Bros. En 1934 il crée le comic strip Van Boring inspiré du personnage de son ancien patron Van Beuren. Il enchaine avec Tish Tash. Il rejoint ensuite les studios d'Ub Iwerks puis passe chez Hal Roach comme scénariste en 1935. Il retourne chez Schlesinger en 1936 comme réalisateur de films d'animation.

En 1938 il travaille pour Walt Disney, au département scénarios. À partir de 1941 il exerce comme responsable de production chez Screen Gems, la branche animation de Columbia Pictures. Tashlin rejoint en 1943 le département animation de la Warner. Il reste au studio durant la deuxième guerre mondiale où il travaille sur de nombreux court-métrage dont ceux du soldat Snafu.

Deux albums jeunesse, L'opossum qui avait l'air triste et Mais, je suis un ours ! sont parus en France à l'École des loisirs.

Tashlin quitte l'animation en 1944 (il y retournera brièvement dans les années 1960, produisant The Bear that Wasn't, de Chuck Jones pour la MGM), il devient gagman pour les Marx Brothers et Lucille Ball tout en écrivant des scénarios. Ses films sont toujours empreints d'éléments issus de son passé de cartoonist. Il écrit des films pour Bob Hope et Red Skelton.

En 1956 il réalise La Blonde et moi (The Girl Can't Help It), comédie satirique autour du rockn'roll naissant, puis confirme son succès avec : Un vrai cinglé de cinéma (Hollywood or Bust, 1956) où l'on trouve le duo Jerry Lewis et Dean Martin, puis La Blonde explosive (Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter ?, 1957, inscrit au National Film Registry en 2000). Il réalise également quatre des premiers films solo de Lewis : Rock-A-Bye Baby, The Geisha Boy, Cinderfella, et It's Only Money. En France Tashlin est apprécié de l'équipe des Cahiers du cinéma où Godard est loin d'être insensible à son traitement de la couleur.

Au cours des années 1960, les films de Tashlin perdent de leur éclat. Il tourne un dernier film en 1968, La Marine en folie (The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell) avec Bob Hope et Phyllis Diller.

Best films

Cinderella (1950)
Pinocchio (1940)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The Paleface (1948)
Susan Slept Here (1954)

Usually with

Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(40 films)
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
(8 films)
Edith Head
Edith Head
(14 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Frank Tashlin (95 films)

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The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell, 1h32
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jeffrey Hunter, Mako Iwamatsu, Henry Wilcoxon, Dick Sargent
Rating58% 2.902452.902452.902452.902452.90245
Master Sergeant Dan O'Farrell is a G.I. on an island somewhere in the South Pacific during World War II, bemoaning the consequences of a ship torpedoed while ferrying to the island a desperately needed cargo of beer.
Caprice (1967)
, 1h38
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Spy, Crime, Romance
Themes Spy films, Heist films, Children's films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, Edward Mulhare, Lilia Skala
Rating55% 2.755892.755892.755892.755892.75589
In the Swiss Alps, a skier shoots and kills another skier down a mountain slope. Cut to a woman picking up a newspaper in Paris, the headline story telling of yet another Interpol agent killed in Switzerland.
The Glass Bottom Boat, 1h50
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Spy, Romance
Themes Spy films, Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey, Dom DeLuise, Eric Fleming, Edward Andrews
Rating63% 3.1992253.1992253.1992253.1992253.199225
Axel Nordstrom manages a glass-bottom boat tourist operation in the waters of Santa Catalina Island, California. His widowed daughter, Jennifer Nelson, occasionally helps by donning a mermaid's costume and swimming underneath his boat for the passengers' amusement.
The Alphabet Murders, 1h30
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Tony Randall, Anita Ekberg, Robert Morley, Maurice Denham, Sheila Allen, Drewe Henley
Rating53% 2.659032.659032.659032.659032.65903
Albert Aachen, a clown with a unique diving act, is found dead, the murder weapon a poison dart. When a woman named Betty Barnard becomes the next victim, detective Hercule Poirot suspects that Sir Carmichael Clarke could be in grave danger.
The Disorderly Orderly, 1h29
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Glenda Farrell, Kathleen Freeman, Everett Sloane, Karen Sharpe
Rating63% 3.1991053.1991053.1991053.1991053.199105
Jerome Littlefield (Lewis) is an orderly at the Whitestone Sanatorium and Hospital who suffers from "neurotic identification empathy"—a psychosomatic problem that causes him to suffer the symptoms of others and interferes with his ability to function effectively on the job. His unwitting propensity for slapstick-style mayhem sorely tries the patience of Dr. Howard (Glenda Farrell) and Nurse Higgins (Kathleen Freeman).
The Man from the Diners' Club, 1h36
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Danny Kaye, Cara Williams, Martha Hyer, Telly Savalas, Everett Sloane, George Kennedy
Rating61% 3.0977453.0977453.0977453.0977453.097745
Foots Pulardos is a mobster who intends to go on the lam to Mexico with his moll, Sugar Pye. In the meantime, he applies for a Diner's Club card that is mistakenly approved by a meek clerk, Ernie Klenk, who is told to go get it back.
Who's Minding the Store?, 1h31
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Jerry Lewis, Jill St John, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Walston, Kathleen Freeman, John McGiver
Rating66% 3.3038653.3038653.3038653.3038653.303865
The rich Mrs. Tuttle (Agnes Moorehead) is upset that her daughter Barbara (Jill St. John) is engaged to a man beneath their social stature, Norman Phiffier (Jerry Lewis).
Bachelor Flat, 1h31
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Tuesday Weld, Richard Beymer, Terry-Thomas, Celeste Holm, Howard McNear, Stephen Bekassy
Rating58% 2.903392.903392.903392.903392.90339
A charming British anthropology Professor Bruce Patterson (Terry-Thomas) has to live with Helen Bushmill (Celeste Holm), his fiancée. Helen is away traveling, and has failed to tell him that she has a seventeen-year-old daughter Libby (Tuesday Weld), who shows up at her mother's home unaware that Helen is engaged. Meanwhile he has to resist the advances of the neighbourhood ladies who barge in unexpectedly. At the same time, Patterson must deal with the continual invasions of his cynical neighbor, and law student, Mike (Richard Beymer), who soon develops a crush on Libby. Intertwined in the story is Mike's persistent dachshund, determined to bury the professor's prize possession of a rare dinosaur bone.
It's Only Money, 1h20
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Jerry Lewis, Zachary Scott, Joan O'Brien, Mae Questel, Jesse White, Jack Weston
Rating62% 3.1460953.1460953.1460953.1460953.146095
Lester March (Jerry Lewis) is a 25-year-old orphan who is an electronics repairman. However, his real passion is detective novels, and he dreams of someday becoming a detective himself. His best friend, Pete Flint (Jesse White), is a detective, and they see a television program about a wealthy, single woman, Cecilia Albright (Mae Questel) who is looking for her long-lost nephew. The mention of a $100,000 reward gets their attention.