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June 18, 2001 | HANK ROSENFELD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Instead of dozing off through summer reruns on television, a suggestion: rent some Irving Brecher films. Who? Irving Brecher, the only screenwriter to have written two Marx Brothers movies by himself: "Go West" and "At the Circus." Plus the musicals "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Yolanda and the Thief," "Summer Holiday" and "Bye Bye Birdie." Now that's replacement entertainment!
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June 18, 2001 | HANK ROSENFELD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Instead of dozing off through summer reruns on television, a suggestion: rent some Irving Brecher films. Who? Irving Brecher, the only screenwriter to have written two Marx Brothers movies by himself: "Go West" and "At the Circus." Plus the musicals "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Yolanda and the Thief," "Summer Holiday" and "Bye Bye Birdie." Now that's replacement entertainment!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2001
I join my fellow citizens in wishing Dick Cheney good health. If anything serious happened to him, George W. Bush would become president. IRVING BRECHER Los Angeles
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March 9, 2001
I join my fellow citizens in wishing Dick Cheney good health. If anything serious happened to him, George W. Bush would become president. IRVING BRECHER Los Angeles
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December 6, 2007
Scriptland: The Scriptland column in Wednesday's Calendar section identified the Writers Guild strike captain at Paramount's Bronson gate as Mike Eddy. His name is Matt Eddy. The article also said that a YouTube video featuring screenwriter Irving Brecher was directed by Nell Scovell. Scovell co-wrote and produced the video; it was directed by Rodman Flender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1990
History will enshrine President Bush for his masterful military victory in capturing Manuel Noriega. It was achieved with less than 30 deaths of young American soldiers, out of more than 20,000 troops. The commander in chief's next move? He'll probably send a squadron of B-2s to bomb Pasadena--there are 3 Medflies out there. IRVING BRECHER Los Angeles
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February 20, 1988
Martin Bernheimer's review of the recent American Youth Symphony fund-raising concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion entitles your hip-critical music maven to the Pulitzer for Nit-Picking ("Mehli Mehta & Friends Offer Benefit Gala," Feb. 16). The purist of the Philharmania, with his fine-tuned ear for sour notes, reported of this nonprofit fundraiser that "the ad program was fat and amateurish." It if were thinner, with less paid ads, would he have contributed the difference in receipts, so that Mehli Mehta's deserving young musicians can continue their free training?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1988
In The Times I read that Bush "wore a broad smile" as he saw the horrible pollution in Boston's harbor (Part I, Sept. 2). Easy to understand Bush's glee at the garbage. As a Reagan flunky he felt right at home, having been, for eight years, a key part of an Administration rotting with sleazy practitioners and self-proclaimed patriots--John Poindexter, Ollie North. "I didn't know about that," Bush would have us believe. Possibly true. He was busy at the time pledging allegiance to the flag.
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June 11, 2009 | Susan King
Many of today's biggest film directors, Steven Spielberg among them, began by making Super 8 movies as kids. On Saturday, the work of budding Spielbergs will unspool at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. "Tripleplay: A Showcase of Short Films From the Students of Cleveland, Hollywood and Kennedy High Schools, 2009," featuring narrative shorts from some of the L.A.
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September 13, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
RICHARD Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were the most successful team on the Great White Way from 1943, when their first collaboration, "Oklahoma!," premiered on Broadway, until their last show, "The Sound of Music," opened in 1959.
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November 19, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, McLellan is a Times staff writer.
Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and the movies included writing two Marx Brothers comedies, co-writing the Judy Garland musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" and creating the radio and TV series "The Life of Riley," has died. He was 94. Brecher died of age-related causes Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his wife, Norma. Comedy writer Larry Gelbart, a longtime friend, remembered Brecher for his great wit.
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June 25, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Meet Me in St. Louis," with its Technicolor gloriously restored, screened over the weekend at the County Museum of Art as part of the Vincente Minnelli retrospective. If you missed it, you have another chance to see it at the Monica 4-Plex, where it opens a one-week run Friday. The 1944 film is an authentic American classic, timeless in its enchantment and poignancy.
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