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Perelman, S. J.
Perelman, S. J.

(1904-1979) S. J. Perelman, humorist, was best known for his New Yorker spoofs. With his wife he wrote two plays for Broadway, ALL GOOD AMERICANS and THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and alone he wrote THE BEAUTY PART. He collaborated with Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash on the musical ONE TOUCH OF VENUS. Regionally, he wrote the musical SWEET BYE AND BYE with Ogden Nash, Vernon Duke and Al Hirschfeld. Perelman wrote the screenplays Monkey Business and Horse Feathers for the Marx Brothers and won an Academy Award for his screenplay, Around the World in 80 Days.

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    In 1943, ONE TOUCH OF VENUS opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. It later moved to the 46th Street Theatre, and played a total of 567 performances.
    In 1945, ONE TOUCH OF VENUS closed on Broadway after a run of 567 performances.
    In 1904 was the birthday of S. J. Perelman, the author and humorist. Perelman collaborated with Ogden Nash on the book for the musical ONE TOUCH OF VENUS, and co-wrote screenplays for the films HORSE FEATHERS, MONKEY BUSINESS, and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.