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S.N. Behrman (1893–1973)

Playwright, screenwriter, essayist, raconteur and consummate wit, Samuel Nathaniel Behrman became known as Broadway's pre-eminent author of sophisticated high comedy. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of a devout Jewish grocer, he grew up in fairly impoverished circumstances. He attended Clark College from 1912, but was suspended two years... See full bio »

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 1961 Fanny (play)
 1959 Ben-Hur (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- No Time for Comedy (1959) ... (play)
 1958 Me and the Colonel (play: American version) / (screenplay)
 1958 Television World Theatre (TV Series) (english adaptation - 1 episode)
- Amphitryon 38 (1958) ... (english adaptation)
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- No Time for Comedy (1957) ... (writer)
 1956 Gaby (earlier screenplay)
 1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- No Time for Comedy (1954) ... (play)
 1951-1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes)
- Brief Moment (1952) ... (story)
- No Time for Comedy (1951) ... (story)
 1951 Quo Vadis (screen play)
 1950 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Biography (1950) ... (play)
 1948 The Pirate (play)
 1941 Two-Faced Woman (original screenplay)
 1940 No Time for Comedy (from the stage play by)
 1940 Waterloo Bridge (screen play)
 1939 Love Affair (contributor to screenplay - uncredited)
 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady (screen play)
 1937 Conquest
 1937 Parnell (screen play)
 1935 A Tale of Two Cities (screen play)
 1935 Anna Karenina (dialogue adaptation)
 1935 The Lottery Lover (contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited)
 1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl (play "Biography")
 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel (scenario, continuity & dialogue - as Sam Bermann)
 1933 Queen Christina (dialogue)
 1933 My Lips Betray (dialogue)
 1933 Brief Moment (play)
 1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum (adaptation)
 1932 Tess of the Storm Country (screenplay)
 1931 Surrender
 1931 The Brat
 1931 The Man Who Came Back (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1930 Lightnin'
 1930 Liliom (screenplay and dialogue)
 1930 The Sea Wolf (dialogue)
 1930 He Knew Women (play "The Second Man")
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Stage Play: Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Drama. Written by Robert E. Sherwood. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Elmer Rice. Plymouth Theatre: 15 Oct 1938- Dec 1939 (closing date unknown/472 performances). Cast: Raymond Massey (as "Abraham Lincoln"), Ora Alexander, Dorothy Allan (as "The Edwards' Maid"), Frank Andrews (as "Mentor ... See more »

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[on the Gershwin brothers] If George was streamlined and propulsive, Ira was reserved and scholarly. He was gently humorous. One sensed in Ira, even at the very center of involvement, a well of detachment. George gave you everything at once; he was boyish, with an extraordinarily sweet character. He wanted his listeners to participate in the excitement of his own development.



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