Santa Monica-based journalist Hank Rosenfeld helped Hollywood screenwriter Irving Brecher write his memoir. Brecher wrote two Marx Brothers movies, as well as the screnplays for “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Bye, Bye, Birdie.” Their friendhsip lasted for close to a decade. Then the book came out and Brecher went to smoke cigars with Groucho “up there.”

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More about their book, “The Wicked Wit of the West,” here.