Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thanks for the memories

Mark Evanier at newsfromme is reporting that two fine comedy writers have been summoned to the afterlife to put a little polish on some scripts, with the first being veteran jokester Mort Lachman (who’s left us at age 90), one of the many scribes who supplied gags to comedy immortal Bob Hope (he worked for the comedian for twenty-eight years) over the course of Hope’s career. Lachman’s other radio credits include a stint on The Martin and Lewis Show and a short-lived sitcom starring Cary Grant and Betsy Drake, Mr. and Mrs. Blandings (based on the 1948 film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House).

Lachman also had an impressive television c.v., having worked on shows as varied as The Red Skelton Show, All in the Family, Kate & Allie and Gimme a Break. He dabbled in movie screenplays, his most famous being the classic 1968 comedy starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, Yours, Mine and Ours.

The second funnyman is Robert Fisher, whose passing apparently has gone unnoticed (Evanier says he heard about Fisher’s death via Groucho impressionist Frank Ferrante); Fisher, who often worked in tandem with partner Arthur Marx, also has an impressive resume, having worked on scripts for The Donna Reed Show, Bachelor Father, McHale’s Navy, I Dream of Jeannie, The Mothers-in-Law and Alice. Like Lachman, Fisher started an apprenticeship in radio, contributing to Amos ‘n’ Andy and The Baby Snooks Show.

R.I.P., Messrs. Lachman and Fisher. You will both be missed.

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