Frank R. Adams

Frank Ramsey Adams (July 7, 1883 – October 8, 1963) was an American author, screenwriter, composer, and newspaper reporter.

Frank R. Adams
Frank Ramsey Adams

(1883-07-07)July 7, 1883
DiedOctober 8, 1963(1963-10-08) (aged 80)
Spouse(s)Lorna D. Margrave


He was born on July 7, 1883 in Morrison, Illinois. Educated at the University of Chicago, Adams worked as a reporter for several Chicago newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, City Press, Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Herald-Examiner.[1] From 1916 to 1932, he was manager of the Nufer-Adams Playhouse (which he cofounded with lumberman J.J. Nufer and which since 1973 has been known as Howmet Playhouse) and owner of the Sylvan Beach Resort Co. in Whitehall, Michigan.[2]

Adams wrote plays, musical comedies, and lyrics for popular songs, such as "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now".[2] He composed the stage scores for the musicals "The Time, the Place, and the Girl", "The Girl Question", "A Stubborn Cinderella", "The Goddess of Liberty", and "The Price of Tonight". His chief musical collaborators included Joe Howard, Harold Orlob and Will Hough.[1]

Adams wrote several novels, some of which were made into films. His short stories were published in several magazines, including Smart Set, Cosmopolitan, Black Cat, and Illustrated Detective.[2] He also had a successful career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, writing the stories for such films as Stage Struck (1925), Almost a Lady (1925), and The Cowboy and the Lady (1938), which starred Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon.

On December 1, 1931, he married Lorna D. Margrave. The couple had one child. During World War II, Adams fought in France as a lieutenant in a United States Army artillery unit. Adams died October 8, 1963 at White Lake, Michigan. He was 80 years old.[1]



  • 3,000 Miles Away
  • Arizona Feud. Garden City: Doubleday Doran, 1941.
  • Five Fridays. Small, Maynall, Boston, 1915.
  • For Valor
  • Help Yourself to Happiness. Macaulay Co., 1929.
  • King's Crew
  • Molly and I. Small, Maynard & Co, 1915.
  • The Secret Attic[1]
Short stories
  • "Without the net" (1922, in Cosmopolitan)
  • "The heart pirate" (1922, in Cosmopolitan)
  • "The come-on play" (1929, in Liberty)
  • "The driveaway" (1929, in Redbook Magazine)
  • "His way with her" (1929, in Redbook Magazine)
  • "King's crew" (1929, in Redbook Magazine)
  • "The long night" (1929, in Chicago Sunday Tribune)
  • "The moon and muffins" (1929, in Redbook Magazine)
  • "Peter and Mrs. Pan" (1929, in Smart Set)
  • "So few days left" (1929, in Liberty)
  • "The song is ended" (1929, in Chicago Sunday Tribune)
  • "Women think faster" (1929, in International Cosmopolitan)[3]



  • "Be Sweet to Me, Kid"
  • "Blow The Smoke Away"
  • "Cross Your Heart"
  • "Gangway for the Sylvan Beach Gang"
  • "Honeymoon"
  • "I Don't Like Your Family"
  • "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"
  • "Tonight Will Never Come Again"
  • "What's the Use of Dreaming"
  • "When You First Kiss the Last Girl You Love"[1]


  1. IMDB "Frank R. Adams" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. "Frank R. Adams papers, 1908-1955". University of Oregon Special Collections & University Archives: Archives West. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  3. Project Gutenberg "Frank R. Adams" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 15 November 2011.
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