Francis Swann (July 16, 1913-August 27, 1983) was a playwright and novelist, and a film and television writer. He was born in Maryland and died in California. He wrote several Broadway, most notable of which was Out of the Frying Pan. He wrote a number of screenplays for Warner Brothers and other studios. Swann also wrote several books including The Brass Key and Royal Street. He was one of the early writers for Dark Shadows.