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Brian Hooker (I) (1880–1946)

Lyricist ("Song of the Vagabonds", "Only a Rose"), author and educator, educated at Yale University (BA, MA), and who became the assistant professor of English at Columbia University between 1903 and 1905, a rhetoric instructor at Yale University between 1905 and 1909, and a lecturer at the Columbia extension. He was literary editor at the New ... See full bio »
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 1974 Great Performances (TV Series) (translation - 1 episode)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1974) ... (translation)
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series) (translation - 1 episode)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1968) ... (translation)
 1956 The Vagabond King (book of stage musical)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (English translation - 1 episode)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1955) ... (English translation)
 1950 Cyrano de Bergerac (play translation)
 1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (English translation - 1 episode)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1949) ... (English translation)
 1936 Rose of the Rancho (adaptation)
 1935 Coronado (story)
 1930 The Vagabond King (operetta The Vagabond King)
 1923 Cyrano de Bergerac (English titles - uncredited)
 1921 Coincidence
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 1974 Chinatown ("Some Day", "The Vagabond King Waltz")
 1971 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Everything's Coming Up Roses (1971) ... (lyrics: "Only a Rose" - uncredited)
 1967 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Gomer, the Privileged Character (1967) ... (lyrics: "Song Of The Vagabonds" - uncredited)
- The Show Must Go On (1967) ... (lyrics: "Only A Rose" - uncredited)
 1956 The Vagabond King (lyrics: "Some Day", "Huguette Waltz", "Only A Rose", "Song of the Vagabonds")
 1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow (lyrics: "The Vagabond King Waltz")
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth (lyrics: "Only a Rose" (1925) - uncredited)
 1950 The Voice of Firestone (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.38 (1950) ... (lyrics: "Song of the Vagabonds")
 1938 Queens of the Air (Short) ("Only a Rose")
 1930 The Vagabond King (lyrics: "Only a Rose", "Huguette Waltz", "Love Me Tonight", "Nocturne") / (writer: "Overture (Song of the Vagabonds)", "Some Day")

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Stage Play: June Love. Musical comedy. Music by Rudolf Friml. Book by Otto A. Harbach and William H. Post. Lyrics by Brian Hooker [earliest Broadway credit]. Based on a story by Charlotte Thompson [final Broadway credit]. Musical Director: Gene Salzer. Choreographed by David Bennett. Directed by George Vivian. Knickerbocker Theatre: 25 Apr... See more »

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Poet, translator,librettist, and lyricist. His most revived stage work is his 1923 English translation of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac". It was prepared especially for Walter Hampden, the most famous Cyrano of his time, and is considered one of the greatest translations of a literary work. For many years it was the standard English version, and such actors as José Ferrer and Ralph ... See more »

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