Frank D. Gilroy’s career as a writer has been devoted primarily to drama, although he collaborated with his wife, Ruth G. Gilroy, on a children’s book, Little Ego (1970), and he is also the author of two novels: Private (1970), a fictionalized account of his experiences in the army, and From Noon Till Three: The Possibly True and Certainly Tragic Story of an Outlaw and a Lady Whose Love Knew No Bounds (1973), a Western with a comic twist.
In addition, Gilroy has had an active career as a television scriptwriter and as a screenwriter. During the 1950’s, he was a contributor to many of the television programs that stimulated a new interest in drama in the United States: Studio One, Kraft Theatre, U.S. Steel Hour, Playhouse 90, Omnibus, Lux Video Theater, the Armstrong Theater, and The Dick Powell Show. Gilroy’s screenwriting career developed initially out of his work for television. The Last Notch (1954), a Western drama he wrote for television, became the source of his first screenplay, The Fastest Gun Alive (1956). In the 1960’s, he adapted two of his own plays for the screen, The Subject Was Roses (1968) and The Only Game in Town (1969). In the 1970’s, Gilroy was the director as well as the writer of Desperate Characters (1971), Once in Paris (1978), and the film version of From Noon Till Three (1976). In 1998, Gilroy’s Money Plays won a Writers’ Guild Association Award for best original comic film script of that year.