Tag Archives: Billy Wilder

Comedy Film: Writer-Producer-Director Nancy Meyers

5 Sep

Father of the Bride Part II

Father of the Bride Part II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Something's Gotta Give (film)

Something’s Gotta Give (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comedy films with class and wit are hard to come by.

Comedy films that are about people and relationships? Scarce!

Comedies that don’t insult our intelligence by embracing the lowest common denominator of crass taste and stupidity? Rare! […]

Movie Comedy – The Wicked Wit of The West

26 Dec

 

Love to laugh? Love old comedy movies?

Irv The Nerve

I recently discovered a gem of a book about screenwriter Irving Brecher entitled 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.

Oy, that’s a mouthful!

Who is Irving Brecher you may ask?

Irving Brecher was a comedy writer and the only screenwriter to write two Marx Brothers moviesAt the Circus and Go Westall by himself. He also punched up The Wizard of Oz, wrote Shadow of the Thin ManZiegfeld Follies, and adapted musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Meet Me In St. Louis for film.

Harpo Marx called him “Irv the Nerve.”

Groucho Marx called him “The Wicked Wit of the West.”

Author, folk journalist, and radioman extraordinaire Hank Rosenfeld spent six years getting to know Irving while they collaborated on this delightful memoir.

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I’m Wild About Billy Wilder

3 Aug

 

Billy Wilder… You’ve got to love a guy whose gravestone reads: 

Billy Wilder's grave

Billy Wilder’s grave (Photo credit: Alan Light)

 

Some of my favorite quotes are from the legendary film director and screenwriter Billy Wilder:

From Brainy Quote:

I’d worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.

If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.

If there’s anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, is being taken too seriously.

His films are classic. Witty, smart, cynical, sweet, humorous. […]