He and Melvin Frank wrote the book for the musical,"Lil' Abner," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Dagmar, MIchael Beirne and Willi Burke in the cast. James Mitchell was director. Gene DePaul composed the music. Johnny Mercer was lyricist.
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American screenwriter, usually of comedy subjects, under contract at Paramount from 1941 to 1946, and again from 1954 to 1959. Did his best work in collaboration with writer-director Melvin Frank
, with whom he had studied at the University of Chicago. Their long partnership began, after they sold the story for My Favorite Blonde
(1942) to Paramount in 1942.