Albert Hackett


Albert Hackett

Albert Hackett (February 16, 1900 – March 16, 1995) was an American dramatist and screenwriter. He almost always collaborated with his wife Frances Goodrich (December 21, 1890 – January 29, 1984).

The Hacketts came to Hollywood in the late 1920s to write the screenplay for their stage success Up Pops the Devil for Paramount Pictures. In 1933 they signed a contract with MGM and remained with them until 1939. Among their earliest assignments was writing the screenplay for "The Thin Man" (1934). They were encouraged by the director W. S. Van Dyke to use the writing of Dashiell Hammett as a basis only, and to concentrate on providing witty exchanges for the principal characters, Nick and Nora Charles (played by William Powell and Myrna Loy). The resulting film was one of the major hits of the year, and the script, considered to show a modern relationship in a realistic manner for the first time, was considered to be groundbreaking. However this is only because it was written and released before the enactment of the Hollywood Production Code, which strictly censored movies from mid-1934 until the early 1960s (see Pre-Code). The other Nick and Nora films show a steep decline regarding the "groundbreaking maturity" of the Charles' marriage.

They received Academy Award for Screenplay nominations for "The Thin Man", "After the Thin Man" (1936), "Father of the Bride" (1950) and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1955). They won Writers Guild of America awards for "Easter Parade" (1949), "Father's Little Dividend" (1951), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954), and "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959), as well as nominations for "In the Good Old Summertime" (1949), "Father of the Bride" (1950) and "The Long, Long Trailer" (1954). They also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for their original play "The Diary of Anne Frank".

Some of their other films include: "Another Thin Man" (1939) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946).


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