George Kaufman


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George Simon Kaufman (November 16, 1889 – June 2, 1961) was an American playwright, theatre director and producer, humorist, and drama critic. In addition to comedies and political satire, he wrote several musicals, notably for the Marx Brothers. One play and one musical that he wrote won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: You Can't Take It With You (1937, with Moss Hart), and Of Thee I Sing (1932, ... more »

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  • ''Fifty-eight? That's an awful big number for a birdcage this size!''
    George Kaufman, U.S. screenwriter, Morrie Ryskind, and Sam Wood. Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera, said to the steward who stick...
  • ''If you're not back there in ten minutes, I'll be back here in eleven—with squeaky shoes on!''
    George Kaufman, U.S. screenwriter, Morrie Ryskind, and Sam Wood. Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera, to his patron Mrs. Claypool (...
  • ''Hey you! I told you to slow that nag down! On account of you I almost heard the opera!''
    George Kaufman, U.S. screenwriter, Morrie Ryskind, and Sam Wood. Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera, angry complaint to the hansom...
  • ''Every time I get romantic with you, you want to talk business. I don't know, there's something about me that brings out the business in every woman.''
    George Kaufman, U.S. screenwriter, Morrie Ryskind, and Sam Wood. Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera, to his patron Mrs. Claypool (...
  • ''I've never had any complaints yet!''
    George Kaufman, U.S. screenwriter, Morrie Ryskind, and Sam Wood. Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera, while boarding the boat to Am...
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