Evening at the Barn: The Golden Age of Screenwriter Irving Brecher
Want to hear backstage stories about your favorite classic Hollywood stars? Hear some juicy tales about golden-age legends at Hollywood Heritage's March 9, 2011 "An Evening at the Barn" program at 7:30 p.m. for "Irving Brecher-The Wicked Wit of the West" by Irving Brecher as told to Hank Rosenfeld."
Hank Rosenfeld, co-author of The Wicked Wit of the West., will present a Q & A with Norma Brecher, Irv's widow, a slide show depicting Brecher's scripts (Meet Me in St. Louis, Shadow of the Thin Man, Bye Bye Birdie, At The Circus, & more) and friends (Groucho Marx, Judy Garland, Jackie Gleason, George Burns, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Ann Margret & many others), and a book signing.
Who is this Irving Brecher? Dubbed The "Wicked Wit of the West" by Groucho Marx, Brecher was the only man ever to write two Marx Brothers movies by himself! To be the last of the great MGM roundtable of screenwriters? To be the famous unknown who wrote vaudeville and radio shows for Milton Berle, punched up The Wizard of Oz, and created "The Life of Riley"---on radio, in the movies, and as the very first television sitcom!
Once Hank met Irv, questions like these dogged him. And Hank dogged Irv. He couldn't get enough of Irv's rapid-fire patter and acid wit. "The Wicked Wit of the West" was lauded by Leonard Maltin--"If you love vintage show business, this book is a must-read!" The book & presentation on March 9, is the product of 6 years of Hank's tagging along with Irv, splitting pastrami sandwiches, and hanging on Irv's every word.
Hank Rosenfeld has written for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, the NY Post, Premiere, PAPER, the Jewish Forward, and the Shambhala Sun. Currently a storyteller on NPR's "All Things Considered," "Marketplace," "Weekend America" and "Off-Ramp," he has produced comedy shows for KSAN in San Francisco and K-ROCK (WXRK) in New York. Hank also wrote jokes for the long-running Broadway show, Catskills on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
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