Mel's Boarding House

Original Screenplay
Diana J. Dell & Carol A. Dingle & Clara Dell Yacura

WGA Registration Number: 1034029

Log Line: Based on a true story, "Mel's Boarding House" is a timeless and inspiring comedy/drama of the tenacity and spirit of a diverse group of people living together during the Great Depression.

Synopsis: Set in Pittsburgh in 1937, this warm and vibrant story pays homage to an era gone by, taking an affectionate look at the ties that bind a diverse group of people living together in a boarding house during the Great Depression. "Mel's Boarding House" is both painful and beautiful, a kaleidoscopic montage, weaving several plot strands, with characters who represent the ideological and class factions of the time.

Mel, a successful businesswoman with a tragic weakness for younger men, provides a comfortable home for her bitter sister and the other residents -- a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, two Rose Bowl-winning University of Pittsburgh football players, a lonely woman who yearns to escape from her abusive husband, the drunken medical student, preppy-rich boys living in the attic, a teenage cleaning lady with dreams of a better life, and the self-centered gigolo.

Based on true events, this inspiring and timeless dramedy, filled with the heartbreaks and joys of life, is a salute to individuals who faced the challenges of a bygone age with humor and dignity, tenacity and courage.
"Mel's Boarding House" was one of the top 200 screenplays in the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards and a semi-finalist in the WinFemme Monthlies.

Another script, "My Name is Anna Busch," a World War II drama, has been optioned by producer LaMont T. Cain.

Published writer Carol Dingle is the owner of the web sites, and

Diana Dell is the author of “Memories Are Like Clouds” and “A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories.” She also owns the web site,


Original Screenplays by Carol Dingle & Diana Dell (Home)