‘ahelluva town!’ The phrase from the song New York, New York in the musical On the Town (1944) is synonymous with Betty Comden, who has died aged 91. She and Adolph Green (obituary, October 26 2002) supplied lyrics and librettos for some of Broadway’s most enduring musicals, and the story and screenplay for films such […]
Here is a brisk piece over which I sweated for The Times about Richard Carlson after he met an unfortunate end. In an age when everything is branded and angst is pervasive, there can be a lucrative market for commonsense. In hitting on the idea of the “small stuff”, Richard Carlson, who has died at […]
Here is the Times obituary I wrote of somebody who not only wrote one of the great screenplays but, in his late-eighties, turned to a distinctive first novel – followed by a second. Co-creator of Mr Magoo, Millard Kaufman gained greater reknown at the age of almost forty when, in three weeks, he wrote the […]
Here is a piece which I wrote in the Independent about a Norwegian philosopher who had interesting theories about heating – which he put into practice…
When Marc Behm died a few years ago, this was the only obituary that he received in England. I had been watching Help! and wondered what had become of hime, only to find that he had recently, quietly, died. A distinctive talent: seek him out.
Here is a piece I wrote a while ago about Dory Previn, and it appeared in today’s Guardian. As i recall, it has been cut, for the paper has much less obituary space now. I had more on her bizarre, terrifying childhood. Seek out her book Midnight Baby.
Here is a piece I wrote about Valerie Holman’s marvellous book on the Second World War and publishing.
Here is the Independent piece – described as “wild” in America – i wrote in 2007 about Kitty Carlisle Hart. Another leap across time. Kitty Carlisle Hart Star of ‘A Night at the Opera’ The Independent 20 April 2007 Christopher Hawtree ‘I had no idea that A Night at the Opera was going to become […]
I wrote here about the vanishing watch on the wrist
You might not know the name but you’ll recognise his James Bond covers, and seek out his own novel, The Fly. I wrote on him here.keep looking »