Stage; Appeared (as "Owen Roe Tavish") in "Three Wishes for Jamie" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music / lyrics by Ralph Blane
. Book by Charles O'Neal and Abe Burrows
(also director). Based on the novel by Charles O'Neal. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett
. Choral arrangements by William Ellfeldt. Choreographed by Ted
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[on working for Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
, who made no secret of the fact that he didn't appreciate comics] You could never get the stage to rehearse. He'd be using it to drape those gorgeous dames. You could rehearse in the alley for all he cared. But when you worked for Mr. Ziegfeld you had made it. That was the tops.
Was teamed with Robert Woolsey
for the Broadway production "Rio Rita", the teaming was so successful, that they were signed by RKO to repeat their stage roles in a movie version. Wheeler & Woolsey were the first comedy team to emerge as stars from sound pictures with their partnership lasting until Woolsey's death in 1938.