Michael Pertwee


Playwright

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
August 24, 1916
Died
April 17, 1991

Biography

Former British journalist best known for his West End satirical farces such as "A Bit Between the Teeth," "She's Done It Again" and "Don't Just Lie There, Say Something" (which was later filmed). Pertwee wrote the screenplays for "Laughter in Paradise" (1951), "Mouse on the Moon" (1963) and the adaptation of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966) with Melvin Frank....

Biography

Former British journalist best known for his West End satirical farces such as "A Bit Between the Teeth," "She's Done It Again" and "Don't Just Lie There, Say Something" (which was later filmed). Pertwee wrote the screenplays for "Laughter in Paradise" (1951), "Mouse on the Moon" (1963) and the adaptation of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966) with Melvin Frank.

Life Events

1937

Entered industry

1938

First screenplay, "Crackerjack/Man With 100 Faces

Videos

Movie Clip

Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, A - Comedy Tonight! Director Richard Lester with the opening tune, as catchy as any in composer Stephen Sondheim's catalog, delivered with the credits by star Zero Mostel as slave "Pseudolus," who gets caught by his owners (Michael Hordern, Patricia Jessel), in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, 1966.
Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, A - Erotic Pottery Michael Crawford as Roman Hero finishes his Sondheim tune with the slave girl Philia (Annette Andre) he hopes to buy, his family's head slave Hysterium (Jack Gilford) objecting, and his underling Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) advocating, in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, 1966.
Laughter In Paradise (1951) - I'm Not On Hello Terms All of Audrey Hepburn's bit, as a cigarette girl, in a complex comedy in which Guy Middleton as "Simon Russell" is running a con, which his brother Alastair Sim knows about but his mark "Lucille" (Beatrice Campbell) doesn't, in director Mario Zampi's 1951 hit Laughter In Paradise.
British Agent (1934) - This Red Millenium Days after the Bolshevik coup in Petrograd, stranded British diplomat Locke (Leslie Howard), charged with placating the new government, meets charming militant Elena (Kay Francis), whom he rescued earlier, in British Agent, 1934.
Laughter In Paradise (1951) - Show Them You've Got Some Push! Introducing clerk Herbert (George Cole), another of the inheriting siblings, smacked by his boss (Ronald Adam), updated by his landlady (Eveline Mary Kirkwood), and encouraged by Lucille (Beatrice Campbell), in the hit British comedy Laughter In Paradise, 1951, starring Alastair Sim.
Laughter In Paradise (1951) - Slugged Her In The Kisser First scene for top-billed Alastair Sim as embarrassed pulp writer Deniston, using one of his pen-names, dictating for besotted assistant Miss Wilcott (Eleanor Summerfield), taking a call from his betrothed, not yet aware of his conditional inheritance, in Laughter In Paradise, 1951.
Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, A - Was One A Good Year? Bumbling Roman patrician teen Hero (Michael Crawford) launches himself toward a girl he admires, meeting his family slave Pseudolus (Zero Mostel), and together they agree to visit the bordello run by Lycus (Phil Silvers), early in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, 1966.
Salt And Pepper - I Like The Way You Dance Sammy Davis Jr. (as London night-club co-owner Charles Salt) co-wrote this fairly routine rock'n'roll number, but a nice performance, directed by Richard Donner, using a guitar as a prop, from Salt And Pepper, 1968.
Salt And Pepper - The Black Sheep Opening scene and portion of credit sequence shot on location in London's SoHo, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. as night-club owner buddies, grilled by Inspector Crabbe (Michael Bates), from Salt And Pepper, 1968.
Salt And Pepper - She Arrived Home Dead Cops Crabbe (Michael Bates) and Walters (Graham Stark) interviewing night-club co-owners and roommates Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. (title characters) about a girl seen in their SoHo pad, in Salt And Pepper, 1968.
Kind Hearts And Coronets - Monsters of Arrogance Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price, also narrating) meets his first two d'Ascoynes (all of whom are Alec Guinness) along his comical murderous quest, in Kind Hearts And Coronets, 1949.
Kind Hearts And Coronets - En Masse Continuing his narration, Louis (Dennis Price) attends the funeral of one of his victims, and thereby sees many more d'Ascoynes (all of whom are Alec Guinness) together, in this scene with camera tricks from Kind Hearts And Coronets, 1949.

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Family

Roland Pertwee
Father
Actor, playwright, screenwriter, novelist.
Jon Pertwee
Brother
Actor. Born July 7, 1919 in Londonappeared on Broadway in "There's a Girl in My Soup".

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