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Frank Partos

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Frank Partos 2 July 1901, Budapest - 23 December 1956, Los Angeles an American screenwriter, of Hungarian Jewish origin, and an early executive committee member of the Screen Actors Guild, which he helped found


  • 1 Emigration from Europe
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Selected filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Emigration from Europe

Born in Budapest, Hungary, on 2 July 1901, Ferenc Pártos began as a clerk and, sailed to the United States as a steerage passenger on board the S/S Mount Carroll, which departed the Port of Hamburg, Germany, on April 28, 1921 and arrived at the Port of New York on May 10 According to the ship's passenger manifest, his destination was to his stepfather Ignatz Reitzer of 214 Hope Avenue, in Passaic, New Jersey


He arrived in California in the late 1920s with a letter of introduction to Irving Thalberg of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Partos was given a position as a reader and later given a book by Vicki Baum to write a synopsis Thalberg decided to make Grand Hotel 1932 based on that synopsis and had Partos work as a screenwriter on the project Partos did not get screen credit and, because of that slight, left MGM

In the 1930s, he was a staff writer at Paramount Pictures, during the early years to the talkie era In 1939 he moved to RKO Radio Pictures, where he collaborated on the early noir film Stranger on the Third Floor 1940 During the mid-30's Partos worked extensively with screenwriter Charles Brackett, and was Brackett's first choice for a writing partner In 1944, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Uninvited, an early haunted house story starring Ray Milland and Gail Russell He shared an Academy Award nomination for The Snake Pit 1948 with Millen Brand He also co-wrote the 1951 film noir The House on Telegraph Hill, directed by Robert Wise Partos died December 23, 1956

Selected filmography

  • Her Bodyguard 1933
  • The Jungle Princess 1936
  • Night of Mystery 1937
  • Rio 1939
  • Stranger on the Third Floor 1940
  • The Uninvited 1944
  • The Snake Pit 1948
  • The House on Telegraph Hill 1951
  • Night Without Sleep 1952


  1. ^ IMDB entry
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal "Frank Partos: About this Person" New York Times Retrieved November 12, 2015 
  3. ^ Brackett, Charles 2015 It's The Pictures That Got Smaller New York: Columbia University Press p 60 ISBN 978-0-231-16708-6 
  4. ^ "Overview: Frank Partos" TCM Retrieved 2 December 2014 

External links

  • Frank Partos on IMDb
  • Allmovie bio

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