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Benchley, Robert 1889-1945

Works: 329 works in 879 publications in 4 languages and 22,639 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Screwball comedy films  Romantic comedy films  Sophisticated comedy films  Romance films  Fiction  Humorous fiction  Humor 
Roles: Author, Actor, Author of screenplay, Originator, Librettist, Performer, Scenarist, Other, Editor, Costume designer, Author of dialog
Classifications: PS3503.E49, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Benchley
Chips off the old Benchley by Robert Benchley( Book )

21 editions published between 1949 and 1976 in English and held by 1,642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chips off the Old Benchley represents some of the most inspired writing the Old Master ever die; it is Benchley at his best, in his most wayward, unpredictable and hilarious moods
The Benchley roundup by Robert Benchley( Book )

43 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in English and French and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert C. Benchley's sketches and articles, published in periodicals like "Life," "Vanity Fair," and "The New Yorker," earned him a reputation as one of the sharpest humorists of his time; his influence--on contemporaries such as E.B. White, James Thurber, and S.J. Perelman, or followers like Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor--has left an indelible mark on the American comic tradition. "The Benchley Roundup "collects those pieces, selected by Benchley's son Nathaniel, "which seem to stand up best over the years"--A compendium of the most endearing and enduring work from one of America's funniest and most penetrating wits."It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by then I was too famous."--Robert Benchley
My ten years in a quandary, and how they grew by Robert Benchley( Book )

39 editions published between 1936 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humorous essays, some previously published in The New Yorker
A day at the races by Sam Wood( Visual )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A quack doctor is lured into the lucrative world of horse-racing in this typically-bizarre Marx Brothers comedy
Benchley beside himself by Robert Benchley( Book )

28 editions published between 1921 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inside Benchley by Robert Benchley( Book )

29 editions published between 1921 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love conquers all by Robert Benchley( Book )

29 editions published between 1922 and 2016 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Charles Benchley was born on September 15th, 1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Benchley wrote over 600 essays and is a humorist best known for his work for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. These essays, which ranged from topical to the absurdist, influenced many modern humorists. His humor was obvious from the time he attended Harvard University and was a writer for Harvard Lampoon. Benchley seemed to have an effortless way of creating humour and was equally famous for his work writing and appearing in short films, feature films and radio work. He was also a founder of the famous Algonquin Round Table at the New York hotel. This group, including Benchley, Dorothy Parker and George S Kaufman expanded to over a dozen regular members who met for lunch on an almost daily basis between 1919 and 1929. They dubbed themselves "The Vicious Circle." The group first gathered in the Algonquin's Pergola Room (later called the Oak Room) at a long rectangular table. As the gatherings increased in number, the Algonquin manager Frank Case moved them to the Rose Room and a round table. Daily association with each other, both at the luncheons and outside of them, inspired members of the Circle to collaborate creatively. The entire group worked together successfully only once, however, to create a revue called No Sirree! which helped launch a Hollywood career for Benchley. His legacy in Hollywood includes his short film How to Sleep which was a popular success and won Best Short Subject at the 1935 Academy Awards. He also acted with many memorable appearances in feature films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940) and Nice Girl? (1941). In Hollywood he worked for many of the major studios and as an actor was often called upon to create humorous points where either a plot could be explained or something that required explaining could be used as a clotheshorse for jokes. In essence a screen image was established as a comic lecturer who tried but failed to clarify any given topic. Whilst Benchley was highly paid and sought after it seemed to leave him less and less time to write the things he cared about. Benchley's drinking, already a problem, had worsened over the years, until he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. (Ironically, when younger, he had been a devoted teetotaler.) Robert Charles Benchley died in a New York hospital on November 21st, 1945. His funeral was a private family affair, and his body was cremated and interred in a family plot on the island of Nantucket
My favorite wife by Garson Kanin( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A funny thing happens to Nick on his way to his honeymoon suite. He meets his wife. No, not his bride. He meets the wife that was lost at sea seven years ago and presumed dead
I married a witch by René Clair( Visual )

31 editions published between 1942 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comedy about a witch and her father who were burned at the stake 300 years ago. She plans to take revenge by marrying the descendent of her persecutors and ruining his political aspirations, but doesn't count on falling in love!
The Philadelphia story by George Cukor( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sophisticated screwball comedy, rife with smart dialogue, the Philadelphia Story centers on the society event of the season: the second marriage of icy, judgmental, moneyed socialite Tracy Lord to nouveau riche George Kittredge. Her first husband, suave and devilish C.K. Dexter Haven, complicates matters by finagling wedding invitations for incognito reporter Mike Connor and his photographer Liz Imbrie, to do a tell-all exposé. But Haven's motives for giving the tabloid access to Tracy's big day may not be as mercenary and mean-spirited as they first appear
Of all things by Robert Benchley( Book )

30 editions published between 1921 and 2012 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in book form in 1921, this essay collection offers a multitude of witty examples of the humor found in everyday life. Whether he's pondering or ranting, Benchley makes wry observations on such topics as energy conservation, the game of bridge, and learning to drive. They are as funny today as they were ninety years ago
20,000 leagues under the sea; or, David Copperfield by Robert Benchley( Book )

19 editions published between 1928 and 1946 in English and Undetermined and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bear went over the mountain : tall tales of American animals by Robert B Downs( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of American folk humor collected by a former president of the American Library Association
Benchley lost and found; 39 prodigal pieces by Robert Benchley( Book )

6 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

39 pieces show Benchley at the height of his writing
After 1903--what? by Robert Benchley( Book )

12 editions published between 1936 and 1950 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benchley--or else! by Robert Benchley( Book )

8 editions published between 1947 and 1976 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The treasurer's report and other aspects of community singing by Robert Benchley( Book )

12 editions published between 1930 and 1976 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early worm by Robert Benchley( Book )

17 editions published between 1927 and 1995 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best of Robert Benchley by Robert Benchley( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 1996 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The major and the minor by Billy Wilder( Visual )

5 editions published between 1942 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This farcical comedy was Wilder's directorial debut after years as a scriptwriter. Ginger Rogers plays a working-class girl living in New York who wants to leave the big city and return home to the Midwest. Unable to pay the full train fare she dress up as a 12 year-old and manages to get away with paying half-fare. Caught smoking on board, she takes refuge with a major en route to a military academy. The major and his cadets are unable to explain their attraction for such a young girl. The script is full of rapid-fire one liners and risque dialogue (including the memorable line 'Why don't you step out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?')
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The Philadelphia story
Inside BenchleyLove conquers allThe Philadelphia storyOf all thingsBenchley lost and found; 39 prodigal piecesThe best of Robert BenchleyLaughter's gentle soul : the life of Robert Benchley
Alternative Names
Benchley, R. C.

Benchley, Robert C. 1889-1945

Benchley, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1889-1945

Benchley, Robert Charles.

Benchley Robert Charles 1889-1945

Robert Benchley acteur américain

Robert Benchley Amerikaans acteur (1889-1945)

Robert Benchley amerikansk skådespelare

Robert Benchley amerikansk skodespelar

Robert Benchley amerikansk skuespiller

Robert Benchley amerykański aktor i scenarzysta filmowy

Robert Benchley giornalista, attore e sceneggiatore statunitense

Robert Benchley US-amerikanischer Humorist, Theaterkritiker und Schauspieler

Robert Charles Benchley

Роберт Бенчли американский актёр, комик, сатирик, юморист

Роберт Бенчлі американський журналіст, актор і сценарист

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