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|Irving S. Brecher|
January 17, 1914|
New York City, New York
|Died||November 17, 2008 (age 94)
Los Angeles California
|Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, producer, director|
(m. ?–1981; her death)
(m. 1983–2008; his death)
Irving S. Brecher (January 17, 1914 – November 17, 2008) was a screenwriter who wrote for the Marx Brothers; he was the only writer to get sole credit on a Marx Brothers film including At the Circus in 1939 and Go West in 1940. He was also one of the numerous uncredited writers on the screenplay of 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Some of his other screenplays were Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), Ziegfeld Follies (1946) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963).
As an aspiring young comedy writer, Brecher famously placed an ad in Variety looking for work, promising he could write "jokes so bad, even Milton Berle wouldn't steal them." He was promptly hired by Berle himself.
Brecher sometimes filled in for Groucho in Marx Brothers publicity photos, despite the almost 25-year age difference.
His memoirs, The Wicked Wit of the West: The last great Golden-Age screenwriter shares the hilarity and heartaches of working with Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny & many more, was published posthumously in January 2009 by Ben Yehuda Press.
- Irving Brecher at the Internet Movie Database
- Irving Brecher at the Internet Broadway Database
- Variety: Vaudeville vet Irving Brecher dies