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Elliott Nugent

(b. Dover, Ohio, 20 Sept. 1899; d. New York, 9 Aug. 1980)

Playwright, actor and director. The son of vaudevilleans, he wrote two hits with his father, J. C. Nugent ...

Nugent, Elliott

Nugent, Elliott (20 Sept. 1899)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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..., Elliott [ John ] (b. Dover, Ohio , 20 Sept. 1899 ; d. New York , 9 Aug. 1980 ) Playwright , actor and director . The son of vaudevilleans, he wrote two hits with his father, J. C. Nugent : Kempy ( 1922 ) and The Poor Nut ( 1925 ). He starred in comedies by other writers, notably The Male Animal ( 1940 ) and The Voice of the Turtle ( 1943 ). His autobiography, Events Leading Up to the Comedy , appeared in 1965 . Gerald...

Nugent, Elliott

Nugent, Elliott (1896–1980)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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..., Elliott ( 1896–1980 ). Stage and film director, writer, producer, and performer . The all-around show business personality handled many jobs and found success in all of them, including the direction of a half-dozen movie musicals. Nugent was born in Dover, Ohio, the son of vaudeville and Broadway actor J. C. Nugent ( 1868–1947 ), and was on stage from the age of four. He attended Ohio State University, where he befriended the young writer James Thurber , and then returned to the stage acting and writing sketches and then later plays, making a splash as...

Nugent, Elliott [John]

Nugent, Elliott [John] (1899–1980)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Elliott [John] ( 1899–1980 ), actor and playwright . A theatrical jack‐of‐all‐trades, he was the son of vaudevillians and made his debut in Los Angeles two‐a‐day at the age of four. Born in Dover, Ohio, he temporarily abandoned the stage to study at Ohio State University. His first New York appearance was in a minor role in Dulcy ( 1921 ), then he won fame the next year when he collaborated with his father, J. C. Nugent , on Kempy and assumed the title role of the naive plumber of the title. The Nugents wrote another hit in 1925 , The Poor...

Elliott Nugent

Elliott Nugent  

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(b. Dover, Ohio, 20 Sept. 1899; d. New York, 9 Aug. 1980)Playwright, actor and director. The son of vaudevilleans, he wrote two hits with his father, J. C. Nugent ...
Male Animal

Male Animal  

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(1940),a comedy by James Thurber and Elliot Nugent. [Cort Theatre, 243 perf.] Tommy Turner (Nugent), a professor of English, suddenly finds himself confronted by two problems: the return to ...
Seven Year Itch

Seven Year Itch  

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(1952),a comedy by George Axelrod. [Fulton Theatre, 1,141 perf.] Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) is a nervous paperback book publisher who finds that his wild imagination leads to thoughts of ...
Voice of the Turtle

Voice of the Turtle  

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(1943),a comedy by John Van Druten. [Morosco Theatre, 1,557 perf.] Olive Lashbrooke (Audrey Christie), an actress with a male friend in every city, stops briefly at the apartment of ...
Richard G. Herndon

Richard G. Herndon  

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(1873?–1958), manager.He was born in Paris and educated at private schools before producing his first play in 1914. But it failed to reach New York, so Herndon began importing ...
Up in Arms

Up in Arms  

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Considering the impact Danny Kaye made in this, his first feature film, it could well have been retitled A Star Is Born. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn in Technicolor and released ...
Male Animal, The

Male Animal, The   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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Literature
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...Animal, The , play by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent...

Kempy

Kempy (1922)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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... ( 1922 ) , a comedy by J. C. and Elliott Nugent . [Belmont Theatre, 212 perf.] James Kemp (Elliott Nugent ), who is known as “Kempy,” is a somewhat naïve and pliable plumber who dreams of becoming an architect. Coming to fix a leaky pipe in the house of his fiancée, Ruth Bence ( Ruth Nugent ), he is confronted by Ruth's sister Katherine ( Lotus Robb ), who has just had a nasty fight with her boyfriend, “Duke” Merrill (Grant Mitchell ), and decides to get even by bambooz‐ling Kempy into marrying her. But that night she makes him sleep alone on the...

Voice of the Turtle, The

Voice of the Turtle, The (1943)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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...actress, Sally Middleton (Margaret Sullavan ), to await a date who is to meet her there. But just before the date arrives, another male friend calls to ask Olive to go out with him, and she agrees. This leaves Sally to entertain the man Olive has stood up, Bill Page (Elliott Nugent ), a soldier on leave. Before his weekend pass expires, Bill and Sally have fallen in love. The first small‐cast play (only three characters) to become a smash hit, the Alfred de Liagre Jr. production set a precedent that later economics forced other playwrights to abuse....

Seven Year Itch, The

Seven Year Itch, The (1952)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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176 words

...girl ( Vanessa Brown ) upstairs and serves as an excuse for their meeting. But despite Richard's Walter Mittyish dreams of conquest, the voice of his conscience and his own comic apprehensions keep him on the straight and narrow. Brooks Atkinson hailed the Courtney Burr– Elliott Nugent production as “original and funny” and it had a long life in summer theatres, still revived today on occasion. The New York–born George AXELROD ( 1922–2003 ) wrote only one other popular play, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? ( 1955 ), a spoof of Hollywood told in terms...

Sacco-Vanzetti case

Sacco-Vanzetti case   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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Literature
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326 words

...including works by Witter Bynner , Malcolm Cowley , Countee Cullen , Edna St. Vincent Millay , and Lola Ridge ; six plays, including Winterset by Maxwell Anderson , Gods of the Lightning by Anderson and Harold Hickerson , and The Male Animal by Thurber and Elliott Nugent , which uses a letter by Vanzetti as an important issue; and eight novels, including Upton Sinclair 's Boston , Nathan Asch 's Pay Day , De Voto 's We Accept with Pleasure , Ruth McKenney 's Jake Home , and, less directly, Dos Passos 's The Big Money and Farrell...

Thurber, James [Grover]

Thurber, James [Grover] (1894–1961)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
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384 words

...cast by the author; and Credos and Curios ( 1962 ), a posthumous collection of stories and sketches. Many Moons ( 1943 ), The Great Quillow ( 1944 ), The White Deer ( 1945 ), The 13 Clocks ( 1950 ), and The Wonderful O ( 1957 ) are fantasies for children. With Elliott Nugent he wrote The Male Animal ( 1940 ), a comedy dealing with the rivalry between an English professor and an ex-football player for the love of the professor's wife. Thurber's humorous prose and drawings are never raucous, for, as he said, “the little wheels of their invention...

Up in Arms

Up in Arms   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
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257 words

...stage in 1941 ), a rapid-fire scat song about the plight of a draftee. Harold Arlen (music) and Ted Koehler (lyrics) penned the rest of the score, with the best numbers being the swinging lament “Tess's Torch Song” and the gentle ballad “Now I Know,” both sung by Shore. Elliott Nugent directed and Danny Dare choreographed the film, which was a big hit and launched Kaye's screen career with a...

Thurber, James

Thurber, James (1894–1961)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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Current Version:
2002
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Literature
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436 words

...cast by the author; and Credos and Curios ( 1962 ), a posthumous collection of stories and sketches. Many Moons ( 1943 ), The Great Quillow ( 1944 ), The White Deer ( 1945 ), The 13 Clocks ( 1950 ), and The Wonderful O ( 1957 ) are fantasies for children. With Elliott Nugent he wrote The Male Animal ( 1940 ), a comedy dealing with the rivalry between an English professor and an ex-football player for the love of the professor’s wife. Thurber ’s humorous prose and drawings are never raucous, for, as he said, “the little wheels of their...

Thurber, James Grover

Thurber, James Grover (1894–1961)   Quick reference

Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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2003
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379 words

...Poems Illustrated ( 1940 ), My World – And Welcome to It ( 1942 ), which contains his famous story ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, and The Thurber Carnival ( 1945 ). He wrote several books for children, including The Thirteen Clocks ( 1950 ), and collaborated with Elliott Nugent on a comedy, The Male Animal ( 1940...

Thurber, James

Thurber, James   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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1,995 words

...stop him from pursuing his literary ambitions. At the time, however, he displayed little of the talent that would later win him worldwide recognition. In the fall of 1913 , he matriculated at Ohio State University. Insecure, shy, and unkempt, he was friendless until he met Elliott Nugent , a “man about campus” who encouraged him to become involved in school activities. Thurber joined the staff of the university newspaper, The Ohio State Lantern , as well as The Sun-Dial , a monthly student publication of which he became editor in chief. Thurber was also...

Vietnam

Vietnam   Reference library

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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2008
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History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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...University of Hawai‘i Press, 2006. Elliott, David W. P. The Vietnamese War: Revolution and Social Change in the Mekong Delta, 1930–1975 . Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 2003. Gardner, Lloyd C. Approaching Vietnam: From World War II through Dienbienphu . New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1988. Marr, David G. Vietnamese Anticolonialism, 1885–1925 . Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971. Marr, David G. Vietnamese Tradition on Trial, 1920–1945 . Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981. Nugent, Nicholas . Vietnam: The Second...

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