The Nervous Wreck


The Nervous Wreck
   This popular three-act farce by Owen Davis opened on 9 October 1923 at the Sam H. Harris Theatre and ran for an impressive 279 performances. Henry Williams, a shy hypochondriac, journeys to an Arizona dude ranch. Assisting Sally Morgan, a runaway bride, Henry escapes with her while a posse follows in pursuit. Henry and Sally hide out at a ranch and work in disguise as cook and maid. When Sally's father agrees not to force her into an unwanted marriage, she chooses to wed Henry. Davis based the play on E. J. Rath's magazine story, "The Wreck." The Nervous Wreck was made into a motion picture in 1926. Adapted as the 1928 Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.-produced musical Whoopee, it became a hugely successful vehicle for comedian Eddie Cantor. Its score, by B. G. De Sylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson, featured "Makin' Whoopee" and "Love Me or Leave Me." Whoopee (with an exclamation point added to the title) was filmed in 1930 starring Cantor and supervised by Ziegfeld in one of the first all-Technicolor movies.

The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald — Infobox Single Name = The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Artist = Gordon Lightfoot from Album = Summertime Dream Released = August, 1976 Format = 7 45 Recorded = December, 1975 Genre = Folk Length = 6:32 (Single 5:57) Label = Reprise Records… …   Wikipedia

  • nervous — (adj.) c.1400, affecting the sinews, from L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous, from nervus sinew, nerve (see NERVE (Cf. nerve)). Meaning of or belonging to the nerves in the modern sense is from 1660s. Meaning suffering disorder of the nervous system is …   Etymology dictionary

  • The Nips — The Nipple Erectors Also known as The Nips Origin London, England Genres Punk rock Years active 1976–1981, 2008–present …   Wikipedia

  • The Nipple Erectors — waren eine Punkband aus London, die in ihrer Musik typischen 77er Punkrock mit Rockabilly , Pop und Beatelementen vermischten. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Bandgeschichte 2 Diskografie 3 Literatur …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • The Nips — The Nipple Erectors waren eine Punkband aus London, die in ihrer Musik typischen 77er Punkrock mit Rockabilly , Pop und Beatelementen vermischten. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Bandgeschichte 2 Diskografie 3 Literatur 4 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • The Nipple Erectors — Pays d’origine  Angleterre Genre musical Punk rock Années d activité 1976 présent Labels …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Logical Song — «The Logical Song» Sencillo de Supertramp del álbum Breakfast in America Lado B Just Another Nervous Wreck Grabación 1979 Género(s) Rock …   Wikipedia Español

  • The Logical Song — Single par Supertramp extrait de l’album Breakfast in America Face B Just Another Nervous Wreck Sortie 1979 Durée 3:45 (single) 4:11 (album) Genre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • wreck — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 of a ship VERB + WRECK ▪ discover, find, locate ▪ Divers were sent down to try and locate the wreck. ▪ explore ▪ raise …   Collocations dictionary

  • wreck — 1 verb (T) 1 to completely spoil or destroy something such as a plan, relationship, or opportunity: I just hope the weather doesn t wreck our plans! 2 to damage something such as a building, vehicle etc so badly that it cannot be repaired:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English