Edward Eliscu

Active - 1933 - 1950  |   Born - Apr 2, 1902   |   Died - Jun 18, 1998   |   Genres - Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Edward Eliscu was a minor figure on the Broadway scene in the 1920s and 1930s, writing comedy sketches for such reviews as The Third Little Show (1931). Brought west by RKO, Eliscu wrote music and lyrics for a handful of RKO films: the best and most memorable of these was Flying Down to Rio (1933). He then moved to 20th Century-Fox, where among other assignments his was principal scenarist for the Jane Withers films. At Universal in the late 1930s, he worked on such assignments as Charlie McCarthy, Detective and Little Tough Guys in Society (both 1939). After contributing material to the 1940 Broadway revue Meet the People, Eliscu settled down at Columbia, where he wrote several "B" musicals and comedies and served as producer for the 1944 Ann Miller vehicle Hey, Rookie (1944). Edward Eliscu's last credit was United Artists' Three Husbands (1950). He was subsequently blacklisted for his political opinions; Eliscu did however, continue to work in theater and television. As a lyricist, his best known songs were "Without a Song" and "More Than You Know." Late in life, Eliscu was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Between 1968 and 1973, he served as the president of the American Guild of Authors & Composers.

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