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Irving S. Brecher (January 17, 1914 – November 17, 2008) was a screenwriter who wrote for the Marx Brothers; he was the only writer to get sole credit on a Marx Brothers film including At the Circus in 1939 and Go West in 1940. He was also one of the numerous uncredited writers on the screenplay of 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Some of his other screenplays were Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), Ziegfeld Follies (1946) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963).He created, produced, and was head writer for the original radio and early TV edition of The Life of Riley. He later created and co-produced The People's Choice as well.Adapting Nathaniel Benchley's novel, he wrote the screenplay for, and directed Sail A Crooked Ship starring Ernie Kovacs and a young Robert Wagner.He received an Academy Award nomination in 1944 for his screenplay of Meet Me in St Louis.As an aspiring young comedy writer, Brecher famously placed an ad in Variety looking for work, promising he could write "jokes so bad, even Milton Berle wouldn't steal them." He was promptly hired by Berle himself.Brecher sometimes filled in for Groucho in Marx Brothers publicity photos, despite the almost 25-year age difference.His memoirs, The Wicked Wit of the West: The last great Golden-Age screenwriter shares the hilarity and heartaches of working with Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny & many more, was published posthumously in January 2009 by Ben Yehuda Press. Wikipedia

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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The People's ChoiceTV Series producer - 31 episodes, 1955 - 1957 executive producer - 1 episode, 1957
The Life of Riley1949-1950TV Series producer - 26 episodes
The Life of Riley1949producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bye Bye Birdie1963screen play
Cry for Happy1961
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1959TV Series written by - 1 episode
Meet Me in St. Louis1959TV Movie teleplay
The People's ChoiceTV Series 4 episodes, 1956 - 1957 writer - 1 episode, 1958
Somebody Loves Me1952written by
The Life of RileyTV Series written by - 25 episodes, 1949 - 1950 writer - 1 episode, 1949
The Life of Riley1949writer
Summer Holiday1948adaptation
Yolanda and the Thief1945screenplay
Ziegfeld Follies1945written by - segment "The Babbitt and the Bromide", uncredited
Meet Me in St. Louis1944screen play
The Heavenly Body1944uncredited
Best Foot Forward1943screenplay
Du Barry Was a Lady1943screenplay
Ship Ahoy1942uncredited
Shadow of the Thin Man1941screen play
Go West1940original screenplay
At the Circus1939screen play
The Wizard of Oz1939contributing writer - uncredited
Fools for Scandal1938additional dialogue - as Irv Brecher
New Faces of 19371937screenplay - as Irv S. Brecher

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sail a Crooked Ship1961
The People's Choice1955TV Series 2 episodes
Somebody Loves Me1952
The Life of Riley1949TV Series 1 episode
The Life of Riley1949

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Remarks on Marx2004Video short special thanks
The Unknown Marx Brothers1993TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Irv Brecher

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!2004Video documentary shortHimself
Remarks on Marx2004Video shortHimself
Great Performances1996TV SeriesHimself
The Unknown Marx Brothers1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Screenwriter-Director (as Irv Brecher)
A Museum of Broadcasting Tribute: Milton Berle - Mr. Television1985TV Movie documentary
The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell1982TV Movie documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1945OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, ScreenplayMeet Me in St. Louis (1944)Fred F. Finklehoffe


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#Fact
1American radio writer, who became a close friend of Groucho Marx and went on to script two classic Marx Brothers comedies (At the Circus (1939) and Go West (1940). Brecher jokingly referred to "Go West" "as the longest short ever made". He began his career as an usher at a Manhattan movie theater. A critic from "Variety" magazine told him that he could earn money writing jokes for comedians and he consequently moved to Hollywood in 1937. He wrote gags for Milton Berle and worked at MGM for some time, afterwards creating, producing and writing the popular radio sitcom "The Life of Riley" and then turning it into a feature film and a TV series.
2Talks about considering Lon Chaney Jr. for the top role in TV's "The Life of Riley" in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010) by Tom Weaver.
3Profiled in "The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio and TV's Golden Age" by Jordan Young (BearManor Media).


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