Morrie Ryskind


Playwright, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
October 20, 1895
Died
August 24, 1985
Cause of Death
Apparent Stroke

Biography

Collaborated with George S. Kaufman on several Broadway hits including the Marx Brothers vehicle "Coconuts" (1925) and 1932's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Of Thee I Sing" (with Ira Gershwin). A former socialist, he testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947 and later became an extreme rightist and member of the John Birch Society....

Biography

Collaborated with George S. Kaufman on several Broadway hits including the Marx Brothers vehicle "Coconuts" (1925) and 1932's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Of Thee I Sing" (with Ira Gershwin). A former socialist, he testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947 and later became an extreme rightist and member of the John Birch Society.

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Night at the Opera, A (1935) - Party of the First Part Driftwood (Groucho Marx) and Fiorello (Chico Marx) conduct business relating to an opera singer's contract in a famous scene from A Night at the Opera 1935, the screenplay credited to George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.
Room Service (1938) - Just Before He Was Shot Opening with Groucho as a Broadway producer, Alexander Asro his waiter, Cliff Dunstan, his brother-in-law, Lucille Ball on the phone, in the only Marx Brothers film made at RKO, and the only one not written for them, but based on a Broadway hit by Allen Boretz and John Murray, Room Service, 1938.
Room Service (1938) - Gallstones At The Plaza Broke Broadway producer Miller (Groucho Marx), buddy Binelli (Chico) and their hick playwright Davis (Frank Albertson) are trying to figure out how to handle their giant hotel bill before opening, joined by pal “Faker” Englund (Harpo), then hitting on the idea to trick enforcer Wagner (Donald MacBride), in Room Service, 1938.
Room Service (1938) - Not Dead, Just Dying! Now looking to avoid arrest and having the play shut down in mid-performance, producer Miller (Groucho Marx), pal Binelli (Chico), and the playwright (Frank Albertson), joined by Faker (Harpo), hatch another scheme to thwart furious financier Wagner (Donald MacBride), with support from Ann Miller, in the only Marx Brothers RKO feature, Room Service, 1938.
Stage Door (1937) - Miss Randall's Baggage Part of the arrival of Terry (Katharine Hepburn) at the theatrical boarding house, meeting Miss Luther (Constance Collier) and her brassy roommate Jean (Ginger Rogers) in Gregory La Cava's Stage Door, 1937.
Stage Door (1937) - Getting Over The DT's Jean (Ginger Rogers) and Annie (Ann Miller) at dance class, meet the producer Tony Powell (Adolphe Menjou), who has a reputation, early in Gregory LaCava's Stage Door, 1937.
Stage Door (1937) - Nice Big Whale Caviar Eve (Arden) and Judy (Lucille Ball) waiting to see producer Powell (Adolphe Menjou), Kay (Andrea Leeds) getting stood-up, Terry (Katharine Hepburn) arriving to settle the score, in Stage Door, 1937, from the play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman.
Penny Serenade (1941) - Hello, Mrs. Adams Newsman Roger (Cary Grant) and Julie (Irene Dunne) leave a San Francisco New Year's party in a hurry to get married before he leaves town for his new assignment, then fail at their first attempt at parting in George Stevens' Penny Serenade, 1941.
Penny Serenade (1941) - Opening: Happy Marriage Opening sequence from George Stevens' Penny Serenade, 1941, follows credits with Edgar Buchanan (as "Applejack") playing a record (Johnny Johnston's recording of the Nacio Herb Brow and Arthur Freed song) and Irene Dunne (as "Julie") making him stop, for sentimental reasons.
Penny Serenade (1941) - You Were Meant For Me Continuing from the opening, a skipping recording of Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed's "You Were Meant for Me" by Johnny Johnston reminds Julie (Irene Dunne) of meeting Roger (Cary Grant) for the first time, in George Stevens' Penny Serenade, 1941.
Penny Serenade (1941) - She's Our Child! Roger (Cary Grant, in his Academy Award-nominated role) pleads with a judge (Wallis Clark) for a chance to keep his adopted child, when he's lost his job after a one-year probation period, in George Stevens' Penny Serenade. 1941, from a story by Martha Cheavens.
Night at the Opera, A (1935) - State Dinner Driftwood (Groucho Marx) is working one scheme with Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont) and Gottlieb (Sig Rumann) and another with Rosa (Kitty Carlisle) during a state dinner on the ship in A Night at the Opera, 1935.

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