Friday, November 21, 2008

A screen-writer called Irving Brecher.

Irving Brecher died earlier this week at the age of 94. He was the comedy writer Groucho Marx called "the Wicked Wit of the West." And that's good enough for me.

The last line of The New York Times' review really got me--and made me think about some of the people I've worked with in the past. The line was slung at Brecher's 75th birthday celebration by Milton Berle, back in 1978.

“As a writer, he really has no equals,” Berle said. “Superiors, yes.”


Tore Claesson said...

I wish i had said that, as someone said.
you will, as oscar wilde replied.

Reb Yudel said...

Oscar Wilde? Hmm. Brecher attributes the line to an MGM colleague in his "posthumorous" memoir, The Wicked Wit of the West.