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Fred Saidy


b. Fareed Milhelm Saidy, 11 Feb 1907, LA, California, USA, d. 14 Might 1982, Santa Monica, California, USA. By job a journalist, Saidy composed sketches for revues before venturing upon full-scale functions. He composed the reserve for Bloomer Gal in cooperation with Siegfried Herzig, with music by Harold Arlen and choreography by Agnes De Mille. The display, which opened up on 5 Oct 1944 and presented Celeste Holm and Joan McCracken within the cast, was extremely successful, operating until 27 Apr 1946. Saidy adopted this with another strike, collaborating this time around with E.Con. ‘Yip’ Harburg within the publication for Finian’s Rainbow (1947), with music by Harburg and Burton Street. This show went for 725 shows. Saidy’s next display, that he had written the reserve and was also movie director, was the flop Flahooley, which went from 14 May to 16 June 1951. Following a one-week revival of Finian’s Rainbow, Saidy after that wrote the reserve for Jamaica (1957), which starred Lena Horne and do considerably better, working from 31 Oct 1957 to 11 Apr 1959. There is another weeklong revival of Finian’s Rainbow in 1961 and he composed the reserve for The Happiest Gal ON EARTH (1961). Another failing, the show went just from 3 Apr to 24 June. Saidy’s kid, Anthony Saidy, is really a famous chess participant.

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Full Name Fred Saidy
Died May 14, 1982
Profession Playwright, Screenwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Marie Saidy
Children Anthony Saidy, Ann Marie Saidy, Peter Saidy
Siblings Isabelle Saidy
Nominations Tony Award for Best Musical, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Musical, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival
Movies Finian's Rainbow, I Dood It

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1 His son, Anthony Saidy, is a famous chessplayer, who, along with Norman Lessing, wrote an excellent coffeetable book on chess, "The World of Chess," in 1974.
2 Was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award, his book with collaborator E.Y. Harburg, as part of Best Musical nomination for "Jamaica."



Finian's Rainbow 1968 book: from the Broadway play / screenplay
The Sound of Laughter 1963 Documentary narration
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series story - 1 episode
Babes in Toyland 1955 TV Movie adaptation
Max Liebman Presents: Promenade 1955 TV Movie
Babes in Toyland 1954 TV Movie
Best Foot Forward 1954 TV Movie
Satins and Spurs 1954 TV Movie
Meet the People 1944 screenplay
I Dood It 1943 screenplay
Star Spangled Rhythm 1942 uncredited



The Sound of Laughter 1963 Documentary continuity

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YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1969 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Musical Finian's Rainbow (1968) · E.Y. Harburg

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