Melville Shavelson interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Melville Shavelson

Interviewed by: Jim Drake

Melville Shavelson discusses his near-fifty year career as a director and writer of such films as The Seven Little Foys (1955) and Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). He shares insight on his early career writing for Bob Hope, his preference for making biographical pictures based on real people and events, as well as filming on-location in foreign countries.

Melville Shavelson reflects on his longtime creative partnership with Bob Hope, and how he believed Hope deserved greater appreciation for his performance in Beau James, which Shavelson co-wrote and directed.

Shavelson shot many of his films in international locations, and he recalls some of the difficulties he faced filming It Started in Naples in Italy with Clark Gable and Sofia Loren.

As the first writer ever hired for the premiere of broadcast television west of the Mississipi River in 1947, Shavelson helped Bob Hope adapt his act from radio to performing in front of cameras.