Today on "Camera Three" (03:19)
Ogden Nash and S. J. Perelman recall meeting at the Writer's Table on the MGM lot after Irving Thalberg died. Scott Fitzgerald was preoccupied writing "Three Comrades" and remaining sober.
Golden Age of Hollywood (02:04)
Screen credits for writers mean higher paying jobs. MGM employed 168 writers during Nash and Perelman's tenure. Perelman describes how Ted Shayne looked while writing "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
Nash's Career in Hollywood (02:59)
"The Times" reported a theater in Washington was performing a revival of George Kaufman's "Once in a Lifetime." Nash describes arriving in Hollywood and working on a project with Frances MacDonald, Hunt Stromberg, Jeanette MacDonald, and Albert Hackett. His last job was writing captions for Henry Rapp's trip through the Panama Canal.
Collaborating in Hollywood (03:09)
Irving Thalberg hired Perelman and his wife to write "Greenwich Village," but felt the screenplay was not working. Hunt Stromberg re-introduced Perelman and Nash and asked they adapt Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" for three actresses. The writers worked out of New Writer's Building.
Ignoring the Screenplay (03:13)
Nash and Perelman concentrated on writing a Sherlock Holmes' quiz game. The writers test each other's knowledge on the detective, Professor Moriarty, and Watson.
Working on the Lot (02:50)
Nash liked to watch Joan Crawford sing "Ave Maria" when he was on the MGM lot. Perelman found concentrating on work difficult because his window overlooked J. Walter Reuben's office. After Nash retired from Hollywood, he met Ina Claire, Walter Slezak, Sydney Howard, and David Susskind for drinks.
American Humor (03:56)
Nash and Perelman find analyzing American humor difficult. The writers admire Lewis Carroll, Robert Benchley, Mark Twain, James Thurber, Frank Sullivan, and David Ogden Stewart. Each humorist improved and enriched the American voice.
Inspirations and Influences (03:45)
Sam Hoffenstein wrote verse that was not patronizing. Nash felt that Moliere and Gilbert were inspirational. Nash and Perelman discuss the impact of Guy Wetmore Carryl, Caroline Wells, Robert Benchley and Arthur Guiterman.
Working Together (01:55)
Nash, Perelman, and Kurt Weill collaborated on "One Touch of Venus." Perelman writes for the Marx Brothers, "Around the World in 80 Days," and has written several novels. Nash wrote "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," "Good Intentions," "Versus," and "Parents Keep Out."
Credits: Ogden Nash and S.J. Perelman in Discussion (00:28)
Credits: Ogden Nash and S.J. Perelman in Discussion
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