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Albert Hackett

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Albert Hackett
Hackett with his wife Frances Goodrich
Hackett with his wife Frances Goodrich
BornAlbert Maurice Hackett
(1900-02-16)February 16, 1900
Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedMarch 16, 1995(1995-03-16) (aged 95)
New York City, U.S.
  • Dramatist
  • screenwriter
  • actor
(m. 1931; died 1984)
Gisella Svetlik
(m. 1985)
ParentsFlorence Hackett (mother)
Arthur V. Johnson (stepfather)
RelativesRaymond Hackett (brother)
Blanche Sweet (sister-in-law)

Albert Maurice Hackett (February 16, 1900 – March 16, 1995[1]) was an American actor, dramatist and screenwriter most noted for his collaborations with his partner and wife Frances Goodrich.

Early years


Hackett was born in New York City,[2] the son of actress Florence Hackett (née Hart) and Maurice Hackett. He attended Professional Children's School and started out as a child actor, appearing on stage and in films. His brother was actor Raymond Hackett. Their stepfather was the early film actor Arthur V. Johnson, who married their mother Florence around 1910. His sister-in-law was Blanche Sweet, Raymond's second wife.



Hackett acted in many films, including Anne of Green Gables (1919).[3] His Broadway credits as a performer include Mr. and Mrs. North (1941), Up Pops the Devil (1930), Mirrors (1928), Off-Key (1927), Twelve Miles Out (1925), The Nervous Wreck (1923), Up the Ladder (1922), Just a Woman (1914) and The Happy Marriage (1909). His Broadway credits as a writer include The Diary of Anne Frank (1955 and 1997), The Great Big Doorstep (1942), Bridal Wise (1932), Everybody's Welcome (1931) and Up Pops the Devil (1930).[4]

For the summer of 1928, Hackett joined the summer stock cast at Denver's Elitch Theatre. Fellow cast member, Frances Goodrich, showed him a script she had written, entitled Such A Lady, and they rewrote it together. This was the beginning of their collaboration.[5]

Soon after marrying screenwriter Frances Goodrich, the couple moved 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 the studio until 1939. Among their earliest assignments was writing the screenplay for The Thin Man (1934). They were encouraged by 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[3] (played by William Powell and Myrna Loy). The resulting film became one of the year's major hits, and the script, considered to show a modern relationship in a realistic manner for the first time, was considered groundbreaking, although it preceded enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code.



The Hacketts 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).[6] 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), and were nominated 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 and the New York Drama Critics' Circle award 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).


Year Title Role Notes
1912 My Princess Davey Short
1912 A College Girl Tommy – Jean's Brother Short
1912 In After Years Little Roy Wilson Short
1912 The Violin's Message Bennie Vane – Blossom's Younger Brother Short
1912 The Wooden Bowl The Grandson Short
1912 The Spoiled Child Albert Harrold – the Younger Son Short
1912 Just Pretending Albert Mills – the Little Boy Short
1912 Two Boys Albert Manning Short
1913 Annie Rowley's Fortune Annie's 2nd Brother Short
1913 The School Principal Tommy Moriarty Short
1913 The Yarn of the 'Nancy Belle' Child Short
1914 The Lost Child The Little Boy Short
1914 Codes of Honor Robert Bowditch as a boy (uncredited) Short
1914 The Lie Bobbie Phillips – the Little Boy Short
1914 A Prince of Peace Short
1914 The House Party Jack Carstairs – Son Short
1915 Black Fear George Martindale
1918 The Venus Model Boy
1919 Come Out of the Kitchen Charles Daingerfield
1919 The Career of Katherine Bush Bert Bush
1919 Anne of Green Gables Robert
1920 Away Goes Prudence Jimmie Ryan
1920 The Good-Bad Wife Leigh Carter
1921 Molly O Billy O'Dair
1922 The Country Flapper Hopp Jumpp
1922 A Woman's Woman Kenneth Plummer
1922 The Darling of the Rich Fred Winship
1930 Whoopee! Chester Underwood


  1. ^ Mel Gussow (March 18, 1995). Albert Hackett, 95, Half of Prolific Drama Team. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Hischak, Thomas (2008). The Oxford Companion to the American Musical. Oxford University Press. p. 296. ISBN 9780195335330. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b Bergen, Ronald (May 9, 1995). "The Ideal Hollywood Couple". The Guardian. England, London. p. 11. Retrieved 17 July 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "("Albert Hackett" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  5. ^ Fischer, Heinz-Dietrich (1998-12-31), "Introduction. History and Development of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama/Comedy", Part D: Belles-Lettres, Volume 12, Drama / Comedy Awards 1917-1996, DE GRUYTER SAUR, pp. xix–lxxxiv, doi:10.1515/9783110955781.xix, ISBN 978-3-598-30182-7, retrieved 2023-04-08
  6. ^ "("Hackett" search results)". Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 17 July 2019.