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Name: Morrie Ryskind  
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Date of Birth: 20th October 1895
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Writer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Morrie Ryskind [Morris Ryskind] (20 October 1895 in New York City, New York, USA - 24 August 1985 in Washington), was a Hollywood and Broadway writer, lyricist, and director. He collaborated with the famous George S. Kaufman on many Broadway hits, and wrote or co-wrote many of the Marx Brothers' screenplays.

  • His Broadway shows included:
    • "Animal Crackers" (1929) (starring the Marx Brothers)
    • "Strike Up the Band" (1930) (with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
    • "Of Thee I Sing" (1933) (with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
    • "Let 'Em Eat Cake" (1934)
    • "Louisiana Purchase" (1941)
  • His movies included:
    • "The Cocoanuts" (1929) (starring the Marx Brothers)
    • "Animal Crackers" (1930) (starring the Marx Brothers)
    • "A Night at the Opera" (1935) (starring the Marx Brothers)
    • "My Man Godfrey" (1936)
    • "Stage Door" (1937)
    • "Room Service" (1938) (starring the Marx Brothers)

He was a well known socialist who appeared before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, and later joined the John Birch Society.

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