Frank Craven
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Frank Craven
Frank Craven
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Frank Craven in 1922
Born(1875-08-24)24 August 1875
Died1 September 1945(1945-09-01) (aged 70)
Occupationactor, director, playwright, producer
Years active1928–1945
Mazie B. Daly
ChildrenJohn Craven

Frank Craven (24 August 1875 – 1 September 1945)[1] was an American stage and film actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's Our Town.


Frank Craven, Martha Scott and John Craven in the original Broadway production of Our Town (1938)

Craven was a character actor who often portrayed wry, small-town figures. His first film role was in We Americans (1928), and he appeared in State Fair (1933), Penrod and Sam (1937), Jack London (1943), and Son of Dracula (1943), among many others. He wrote numerous screenplays, most notably for the Laurel and Hardy film Sons of the Desert (1933). His IMDB biography credits him with 16 writing credits and 2 directing credits.

In 1938, Craven played the Stage Manager in Our Town on Broadway, and reprised the role in the 1940 film version of the play. His son John Craven starred as George Gibbs in the stage version, a role played by William Holden in the 1940 film.

Craven died in 1945, shortly after finishing his work in Colonel Effingham's Raid.

Craven was a Republican who campaigned for Thomas Dewey in 1944.[2]


Frank Craven as the Stage Manager in the original Broadway production of Our Town (1938)
Year Title Role Notes
1928 We Americans Uncredited
1929 The Very Idea Alan Camp
1932 Handle with Care Radio Announcer
1933 State Fair Storekeeper
1934 City Limits J.B. Matthews
1934 He Was Her Man Pop Sims, aka Jim Parker
1934 Let's Talk It Over Mr. Rockland
1934 That's Gratitude Bob Grant
1935 Car 99 Sheriff Pete Arnot
1935 Vagabond Lady 'Spiggy' Spiggins
1935 Barbary Coast Col. Marcus Aurelius Cobb
1936 It's Up To You Pop' Kane
1936 Small Town Girl Will 'Pa' Brannan
1936 The Harvester Mr. Biddle
1937 Penrod and Sam Mr. Schofield
1937 Blossoms on Broadway P.J. Quinterfield Sr.
1937 You're Only Young Once Frank Redmond (Carvel Newspaper Owner)
1938 Penrod and His Twin Brother Mr. Schofield
1939 Miracles for Sale Dad Morgan
1939 Our Neighbors - The Carters Doc Carter
1940 Our Town Mr. Morgan
1940 City for Conquest Old Timer
1940 Dreaming Out Loud Dr. Walter Barnes
1941 The Lady from Cheyenne Hank Foreman
1941 The Richest Man In Town Abb Crothers
1942 In This Our Life Asa Timberlake
1942 Thru Different Eyes Steve Pettijohn
1942 Girl Trouble Ambrose Murdock Flint
1942 Pittsburgh 'Doc' Powers
1942 Keeper of the Flame Dr. Fielding
1943 Harrigan's Kid Walter Garnet
1943 Dangerous Blondes Inspector Joseph Clinton
1943 Son of Dracula Doctor Brewster
1943 Jack London Old Tom
1944 My Best Gal Danny O'Hara
1944 Destiny Clem Broderick
1945 Forever Yours Uncle Charles
1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid Dewey (final film role)


  1. ^ U.S. Passport Application, Issue Date: 3-Jul-1919; National Archives Microfilm Publication M1490, Roll 0818, Certificate 93117; General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  2. ^ Critchlow, Donald T. (2013-10-21). When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American Politics. ISBN 9781107650282.

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