Abe Burrows



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Guys And Dolls (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Adelaide Frank Sinatra (as Nathan Detroit) with his one ballad, Frank Loesser's "Adelaide," sung to his fianceè (Vivian Blaine), which he chose to sing not-fully in character, in the Samuel Goldwyn production of Guys And Dolls, 1955, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Cactus Flower (1969) -- (Movie Clip) She's Very Efficient First scene for Ingrid Bergman as nurse Stephanie and Walter Matthau as New York dentist Julian, beginning with a call from the neighbor wanting to tell him his girlfriend (Goldie Hawn, introduced earlier) failed in her slightly kooky suicide attempt, Jack Weston his preoccupied patient, in Cactus Flower, 1969.
Cactus Flower (1969) -- (Movie Clip) I'll Divorce Them Too Dentist Julian (Walter Matthau), after getting a note saying his girlfriend Toni (Goldie Hawn) was planning suicide, arrives to find her alive, then becomes doubtful until he meets neighbor Igor (Rick Lenz), who rescued her, early in Cactus Flower, 1969.
Cactus Flower (1969) -- (Movie Clip) I'm No Sex Goddess Dentist Julian (Walter Matthau), who knows nothing about the personal life of his nurse Stephanie (Ingrid Bergman), explains over drinks that he needs somebody to play the wife he made up, in order to reassure his girlfriend that she’s okay with them getting married, in Cactus Flower, 1969.
Cactus Flower (1969) -- (Movie Clip) Such A Terrible Marriage Stephanie (Ingrid Bergman), nurse to Dr. Winston (Walter Matthau, not seen) has decided to act on his request to pretend to be his fictional, divorce-ready wife, visiting his nutty girlfriend Toni (Goldie Hawn) at work, in a Manhattan record store, in Cactus Flower, 1969.
Cactus Flower (1969) -- (Movie Clip) You'll Meet Her! In Manhattan on their first-ever daytime date, now that they've decided to get married, dentist Julian (Walter Matthau) discovers girlfriend Toni (Goldie Hawn) will insist on meeting his fictional wife, at the Guggenheim, in Cactus Flower, 1969.
Cactus Flower (1969) -- (Movie Clip) Opening, Toni Opening sequence with Sarah Vaughn singing a Quincy Jones original, introducing kooky Greenwich Village Toni (Goldie Hawn, in her Academy Award-winning role), from Cactus Flower, 1969, also starring Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.
Guys And Dolls (1955) -- (Movie Clip) On The Inskirts Dialogue from writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, via Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, from Damon Runyon's story, Salvation Army Sergeant Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) and gambler Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), just before their first song in Guys And Dolls, 1955.
Can-Can (1960) -- (Movie Clip) Lewd And Lascivious 1890's Paris lawyer Francois (Frank Sinatra) is treating his judge friend Paul (Maurice Chevalier) to a performance of the banned title-dance, Shirley MacLaine as their hostess Simone, Juliet Prowse leading the troupe, early in ("Cole Porter's") Can-Can, 1960.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying -- (Movie Clip) Grand Old Ivy Finch (Robert Morse) stages an all-nighter then joins the boss Biggley (Rudy Vallee) in the "Ivy" fight song by Frank Loesser in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1967.
How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying -- (Movie Clip) A Secretary Is Not a Toy Mr. Bratt (John Myhers) launches the ensemble into Frank Loesser's "A Secretary Is Not a Toy" in director David Swift's How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1967.
Solid Gold Cadillac, The -- (Movie Clip) Dear Jimmy First day on the job, gadfly stockholder Laura (Judy Holliday) deals with executives who hope they've bought her off, also new secretary Amelia (Neva Patterson) and office manager Jenkins (Arthur O'Connell) in The Solid Gold Cadillac, 1956.


Shirley Alter
Married to TV director Paul Alter; died in August 1996.
James Burrows
TV director, producer. Director, creator and executive producer of TV show "Cheers".
Laurie Grad
Cookbook writer.