Moss Hart


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Moss Hart (October 24, 1904 – December 20, 1961) was an American playwright and theatre director, best known for his interpretations of musical theater on Broadway.

Hart was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx, and later Brooklyn. He was also raised, in relative poverty, by his English-born Jewish immigrant parents in the Bronx, New York, and in the Seagate area of Brooklyn, ... more »

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  • ''Nobody bores any man as much as an unhappy female.''
    Moss Hart (1904-1961), U.S. dramatist. Anne (Celeste Holm), Gentleman's Agreement (1947).
  • I'm ashamed of myself and this magazine too. The sloppy, slovenly notion that everybody's busy doing bigger things. Well, there just isn't anything bigger than beating down the complacence of essentia...
    Moss Hart (1904-1961), U.S. dramatist. John Minify (Albert Dekker), Gentleman's Agreement, the editor-in-chief discovers that his magazine has no open...
  • ''I got it! The lead, the idea, the angle. It's the way, it's the only way. I'll, I'll be Jewish.... I've even got the title: "I Was Jewish For Six Months."''
    Moss Hart (1904-1961), U.S. dramatist. Phil Green (Gregory Peck), Gentleman's Agreement, when he hits upon the idea of posing as a Jew for a magazine ...
  • ''He's the kind of fellow I'd be if I were a Jew, isn't he?''
    Moss Hart (1904-1961), U.S. dramatist. Phil Green (Gregory Peck), Gentleman's Agreement, speaking of his Jewish friend, Dave (John Garfield), 1947.
  • ''Words like yid and kike and kikey and nigger and coon make me kind of sick, no matter who says them.''
    Moss Hart (1904-1961), U.S. dramatist. Phil Green (Gregory Peck), Gentleman's Agreement, to Miss Wales (June Havoc) (1947).
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