Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Frank Wead. 1 page, 8″ x 11″, June 27, 1945, Culver City, California. On Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures letterhead. Work on the screenplay of the film “The Hoodlum Saint”. Approved and accepted by: “Frank Wead”. Also signed by the Assistant Secretary of Loew’s Incorportated. The Hoodlum Saint (1946) – directed by Norman Taurog; original screenplay. By James Hill and Frank Wead; starring William Powell, Esther Williams, and. Scarce – Wead died at 52. Frank Wilbur “Spig” Wead was an American US Navy aviator turned screenwriter who helped promote United States. Naval aviation from its inception through World War II. He received two Academy Award nominations in 1938: one. For Best Original Story for Test Pilot (1938); a second for Best Screenplay for The Citadel (1938). Screenplay for They Were Expendable (1945), directed by John Ford. In 1957, John Wayne portrayed Wead in John. Ford’s film The Wings of Eagles, a biography of Frank W. Born: 1895, Peoria, Illinois; died: 1947, Santa Monica, California. George Houle Houle Rare Books & Autographs Palm Springs, California. We Guarantee Authenticity Of All Signed Items! We Are Members of ABAA and PADA.