Frances Guihan

Frances Guihan (1890 – 1951) was an American screenwriter.[1] She worked on more than 40 films during her career, including a number of B Westerns.

Frances Guihan
Frances Elizabeth Guihan

September 22, 1890
DiedDecember 21, 1951
Years active1916–1938 (film)



Frances was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Dennis Guihan and Catherine Fagan.[2] She began her career working in a St. Louis office for $12 a week, writing scenarios at night (most of which were rejected).[3]

Hollywood career

Her scenarios eventually attracted notice from people in high places, and soon she was in Hollywood commanding $70,000 a year.[3] In those early years, she was known for writing (and, in one case, directing) scenarios for Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa. She then transitioned into writing for actress and producer Ruth Roland.[4] Over the course of her career, she also wrote at Balboa, Metro, and Haworth.[5] She'd later work extensively on the Buck Jones Westerns.[6]

Personal life

In 1919, she married Ivan Kahn, an actor, businessman, scenario writer, and amateur boxer. The pair met while Kahn started writing comedies for Pathe and Kalem.[5] After they divorced, she'd remarry.

She also owned an anti-gray hair tonic company she purchased from a friend. "You'd be surprised how many stars use the stuff," she'd later tell a reporter (although she declined to name names).[4]

Selected filmography



  • Pitts, Michael R. Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films. McFarland, 2012.

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