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Encyclopedia > S. Sylvan Simon

A graduate of Columbia University, American director S. Sylvan Simon (1910 - 1951) enjoyed a long career as a drama coach, radio executive and stage director before signing on at Warner Brothers in 1935 to direct screen tests. He moved to MGM as director and assistant director in 1937; here he began to cultivate a skill for fast-paced comedy. Though Charles Reisner was official director of the Marx Brothers' "The Big Store", it was Simon who supervised many of the slapstick sequences, and it was Simon to whom the Marxs' frequently turned for aid and comfort. Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City and a member of the Ivy League. ... Generally a director is a person or one of a body of persons appointed to manage the affairs of a government agency, company, corporation, group or project. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Warner Bros. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... The Assistant director (AD) is a filmmaking role. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Marx Brothers were a team of sibling comedians that appeared in vaudeville, stage plays, film and television. ... The Big Store is a 1941 MGM Marx Brothers comedy film in which Groucho, Chico and Harpo work to save Phelps department store. ...

He directed Red Skelton's first starring feature "Whistling in the Dark" (1941), and soon became virtually the only director in whom Skelton had total faith. When the comedian was disappointed at the progress of his 1948 vehicle "A Southern Yankee" under the direction of Edward Sedgwick, Simon was brought in to redirect virtually the entire film without credit. And on Skelton's Columbia box-office hit "The Fuller Brush Man" (1948), Simon functioned as both director and producer. Richard Bernard Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedian whose greatest impact — in a career which began as a teen circus clown and graduated to vaudeville, Broadway, MGM films, and radio — began when he reached television stardom with The Red Skelton Show (NBC, 1951–1952... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... A Southern Yankee is a 1948 film, directed by Edward Sedgwick. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Producer may refer to: Executive producer, supervises one or more producers Record producer, or music producer, in the music industry Theatrical producer, oversees the staging of theatre productions Film producer, oversees the making of movies Television producer, oversees the making of television programs Radio producer, oversees the making of a...

After completing his last directorial effort, the odd flashback-laden western "Lust for Gold" (1949), Simon turned exclusively to producing for Columbia, handling such pictures as "The Good Humor Man" and "Born Yesterday" (both 1950, the latter a Best Film Oscar nominee). Look up flashback in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Born Yesterday is a play by Garson Kanin which tells the story of a corrupt tycoon who brings his show-girl mistress with him to Washington when he tries to buy a few Congressmen. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ...

S. Sylvan Simon's sudden death from a heart attack at age 41 was a loss that was felt throughout the industry, where Simon was held in high esteem for both his efficiency and his agreeability. A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ...



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