Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Screenwriters of Thin Man films, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life

Pulitzer Price winners for their play The Diary of Anne Frank

Goodrich & Hackett are probably best remembered for their stage version of The Diary Of Anne Frank, for which they won a Pulitzer Prize. They also created the characters of the Thin Man film series. Their screenplay for Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is replayed on TV sets every Christmas season.

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Frances Goodrich

Born Dec. 21, 1890, Belleville, NJ - January 29, 1984. Ms. Goodrich moved to Nutley when she was two years old. A screenwriter, she who worked on more than 40 films, from After The Thin Man (1936) to The Diary of Anne Frank, Father of the Bride (1950) and Father of the Bride II (1995)

New York Times Filmography

Pulitzer Prize for Drama "The Diary of Anne Frank"

Nutley Hall of Fame induction  - personal notes

Nutley Hall of Fame - 2005

More personal notes

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Photo by Anthony Buccino, All rights reserved.

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It's a Wonderful Life in good old Nutley

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Albert Hackett

Feb. 16, 1900 NYC - March 16, 1995

Screenwriter; Married Frances Goodrich

Together they worked on It's a Wonderful Life, the Frank Capra film.

Manhattan-born Albert Hackett and his wife Frances Goodrich collaborated on the 1929 play Up Pops the Devil. The show was a success, and Hackett was invited to Hollywood to work as dialogue director of the film version. But Hackett refused to leave his wife behind in New York; nor did he want Goodrich to be regarded as merely a "writer's wife."

When Hackett finally did come to Hollywood, it was as his wife's writing partner, a collaboration that lasted professionally until the team's 1962 retirement-and personally until Goodrich's death in 1984.

The projects on which this exceptional duo worked include their adaptation of Eugene O'Neil's only comedy Ah! Wilderness (1935), Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946), and Stanley Donen's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers  (1954).

New York Times Filmography

Wikipedia - Albert_Hackett

Read the biography of Albert Hackett

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The Nutley Little Theatre, organized in October 1934, was proposed by members of the Parish Players of Grace Church. ... A comedy, "Up Pops The Devil," by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, was the first offering on Nov. 23, 1934, in the high school auditorium.

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It's a Wonderful Review - Nutley Little Theater

"It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition)"  DVD

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It's a Wonderful Life links

It's a Wonderful Life - Webring

Rotten Tomatoes

All-TIME 100 movies

Reel Classics

Wikipedia It's a Wonderful Life

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