Arthur Phillips

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Writer on In the Beginning


6/6/1911, 345 Bradford St. , Brooklyn, N.Y.



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  • Artie started writing for radio in 1933 with Eddie Cantor and Al Jolsen. Then for Will Rogers, Phil Baker, Will Rogers, Smith & Dale. Some films for Laurel & Hardy and Abbott and Costello. Also, Victor Moore,Fred Allen, Lucille Ball, Jack Pearl, Jimmy Durante, John Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rudy Vallee. For Fanny Brice he wrote "Baby Snooks". Also radio for two radio shows, "The Bickersons",with Don Ameche and Frances Langford and "Fibber McGee and Molly". He wrote for Jack Benny in radio for 7 years and 1 year in TV. He wrote The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason for 3 years. Among these episodes were Gleason's Lost Episodes and The Best of Gleason. Other programs he wrote for were Amos & Andy, Burns & Allen (8 years) Edgar Bergen (5 years) Ann Sothern (Private Secretary) and Danny Thomas (Make Room for Daddy) He wrote for Red Skelton at CBS as his head writer for 11 years. Then for Ozzie's Girls, Zero Mostel, Jack Carson, Jerry Lester, Milton Berle, George Jessel, Joan Davis, Rowan & Martin, Marcel Marceau. He wrote Limehouse Blues (1934) with George Raft,Yellowstone (1936) George Raft, The Goldwyn Follies (1938)Adolph Menjou, Playmates (1941)with John Barrymore, Star Spangles Rhythm (1942)with Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken(uncredited according to,)Rainbow Island (1944) with Dorothy Lamour and Eddie Bracken, Delightfully Dangerous (1945) with Jane Powell and Ralph Bellamy, Out of This World (1945) Veronica Lake, Love, Honor and Goodbye (1945) He did "The Big Broadcast of 1937" starring George Burns, Martha Raye, Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey and Shirley Temple. In 1943 he wrote "Riding High" with Dick Powell, Dorothy Lamour and Victor Moore. In the forties he was under contract at RKO and then Paramount. There he punched up "The Road to Morocco' with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour. At this time he wrote "Out of This World" starring Veronica Lake and Eddie Bracken. Again, at Paramount he wrote "The Lady Has Plans" with Ray Milland. Also at this time he collaborated with Herman Wouk on some episodes of "Car 54 Where Are You?" During this same period he collaborated with other talents such as Hoagie Carmichael, David Butler and James B. Kern on screenplays. In 1943 he worked with Sam Goldwyn on "The Golden Follies" with George Gershwyn and Kenny Baker. In the 1940's he did an act for the "Dead End Kids" who travelled around the world with it. Around this time, he also wrote sketches for Noel Coward, Beatrice Lilly and Reginald Gardner. In 1944 he worked for Howard Hughes on the stage presentation for "The Outlaw". In 1950, he wrote the Phil Harris, Alice Faye show. Also, in the fifties he wrote "The William Bendix Show" and "Sergeant Bilco". "The Flintstones" he wrote with Hanna-Barbera its first two years. In the early/mid 60's, during the production season, he wrote the Oscars for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. For several years he wrote "Laugh-In" for all the regulars and guest stars like Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Artie Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, etc. Around this time he wrote Chico and the Man. Also in the seventies he wrote material for the Joe Namath roast. This included material for Red Buttons, Allan King, George Jessel, Gene Kelly, Buddy Hacket, Don Rickles. In 1977 he did the Las Vegas act for Mitzi Gaynor. In 1979-1980 he wrote the series of Dean Martin roasts (78 shows) and turned out material for stars such as Ronald Reagan, Burt Reynolds, Cary Grant, Greer Garson, Joanne Worley, Peter Falk, Orson Welles. In the early 80's he did a series for Norman Lear called "In the Beginning" starring MacLean Stevenson. Around this time he was hired by Hatos-Hall to do a series called "The Newcomers" starring Dave Garroway. (39 shows) In 1981 he was the lead writer for "The Jeffersons". In 1981-1982 for NBC he did a series called "Temperature Rising". (This was 75 episodes) In 1983 at MGM he did a re-make of "The Thin Man for Bob Walsh. In 1984-1985 he wrote The David Brenner Show". It ran for one year.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Arthur Phillips

    Birth Place:

    345 Bradford St. , Brooklyn, N.Y.