Facts of Life (1960): Bob Hope and Lucille Ball

UA (Panama and Frank Production)

In this comedy, directed and co-written by Melvin Frank, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball play a married couple, but not to each other, who decide to have an affair.

Despite their individual popularity, the film is too verbose, has no charm, and there’s no chemistry between the two leads, as one might expect.

Oscar Alert

Oscar  Nominations: 5

 

Story and Screenplay (Original): Norman Panama and Melvyn Frank

Cinematography (b/w):  Charles B. Lang

Art-Direction-Set Decoration (b/w): Joseph McMillan Johnson and Kenneth A. Reid; Ross Dowd

Costume Design (b/w): Edith Head and Edward Stevenson

Song: “The Facts of Life,” music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer

 

Oscar Awards: 1

Costume Design

 

Oscar Context

In 1960, the Story Oscar went to Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond for “The Apartment”; the Cinematography Oscar to Freddie Francis for ”Sons and Lovers”; the Art Direction to “The Apartment”; and the Song Award to Manos Hadjidakis for “Never on Sunday.”