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Encyclopedia > Jo Swerling

Jo Swerling (April 8, 1897 - October 23, 1964) was an American theatre writer and lyricist and a screenwriter. April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A lyricist is an author of song lyrics. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ...


Born in Bardichov, Russia, Swerling was a refugee of the Czarist regime who grew up on New York City's lower East Side, where he sold newspapers to help support his family. He worked as a newspaper and magazine writer in the early 1920s, then launched a playwriting career, scoring a major success with the book and lyrics for the 1927 musical revue The New Yorkers and the 1929 play The Kibitzer, which he co-wrote with actor Edward G. Robinson. Tsar, (Bulgarian цар�, Russian царь; often spelled Czar or Tzar in English), was the title used for the autocratic rulers of the First and Second Bulgarian Empires since 913, in Serbia in the middle of the 14th century, and in Russia from 1547 to 1917. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Mural on Orchard Street and Houston Street by artist Marco L.E.S. redirects here. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... Edward Goldenberg Robinson (December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was an American stage and film actor of Romanian origin. ...


Swerling was brought to Hollywood by Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn to work on the screenplay for the Frank Capra picture, Ladies of Leisure, the first of several collaborations with the director. His dozens of screenplays in the 1930s and 40s include Platinum Blonde, The Pride of the Yankees (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), Lifeboat, Leave Her to Heaven, and It's a Wonderful Life. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Harry Cohn (July 23, 1891–February 27, 1958), sometimes nicknamed King Cohn, was president and production director of Columbia Pictures. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... This article is about the film director. ... Plantinum Blonde is a 1931 romantic comedy starring Jean Harlow, Loretta Young and Robert Williams, and directed by Frank Capra. ... The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 biographical film directed by Sam Wood about the New York Yankees star first baseman, Lou Gehrig, who, near the end of his likely Hall-of-Fame career, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (informally referred to as Lou Gehrigs Disease). It... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Lifeboat is a 1944 World War II movie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story written by John Steinbeck. ... Leave Her to Heaven is a 1945 film noir which tells the story of a man who gradually realizes that his wifes insane jealousy may be the cause of several tragedies in his life. ... Its a Wonderful Life is a 1946 Frank Capra film, produced by his own Liberty Films and released originally by RKO Radio Pictures. ...


Swerling returned to Broadway in 1950 to co-write the book for Guys and Dolls with Abe Burrows, winning Tony and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for his effort. Guys And Dolls is a successful 1950 musical. ... Abe Burrows (1910- 1985) noted author and director for the stage, particularly Broadway. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


Swerling was the father of Jo Swerling, Jr., producer of such television series as Alias Smith and Jones, The Rockford Files, Baretta, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, and Profit. Alias Smith and Jones was a Western television series on ABC from 1971 to 1973, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. ... The Rockford Files was an American detective (private investigator) television drama that had its first run on the NBC television network between 1974 and 1980 and has been in constant syndication to the present day. ... The cover of the Baretta Season 1 DVD set. ... The Greatest American Hero is an American television series which aired from 1981 to 1983 on ABC. It premiered as a two hour movie pilot on March 18, 1981. ... The A-Team is an US-American action adventure television series about a fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces who are on the run from the military for a crime they didnt commit while working as soldiers of fortune. ... Profit was a short-lived television series on the Fox Broadcasting Company that grew to have a large cult following. ...


External links

  • Internet Broadway Database listing
  • Internet Movie Database listing

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VH1.com : Person : Jo Swerling : Main (81 words)
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A refugee of the Russian Czarist regime, Joseph "Jo" Swerling grew up on New York's lower East Side, where he sold newspapers to help support his family.
Swerling moved up the journalist ladder to become a newspaper and magazine writer in the early '20s, then launched a prolific playwriting career, scoring a major success wit...
Peter Swerling (741 words)
Peter Swerling, who died on August 25, 2000, at his home in Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles), California, at the age of 71, was probably the most influential radar theoretician of the second half of the 20th century, not only in the United States, but in the entire world.
Swerling's enduring fame was assured with the publication of his "Probability of Detection for Fluctuating Targets," written as a RAND report (March 1954) and later included in a special monograph issue, "Studies of Target Detection by Pulsed Radar," in the Transactions on Information Theory of the IRE (later IEEE) in April 1960.
Swerling was a member of the International Scientific Radio Union and a Fellow of the IEEE, and was elected in 1978 to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
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