Michael Pertwee

Michael Pertwee, 74, British legit and screenwriter who co-authored (with Melvin Frank) the screenplay for “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” died April 17 in London, cause unreported.

Pertwee probably was better known for West End farces like “A Bit Between The Teeth,” “She’s Done It Again” and “Don’t Just Lie There, Say Something!” which ran for more than 600 performances and also was filmed. He co-wrote a 1938 thriller, “Death On The Table,” that played both London and Broadway.

A London native and originally a journalist, Pertwee’s other movie credits include “The Naked Truth,” “Laughter In Paradise,” “Digby,” “The Mouse On The Moon,” “The Magnificent Two,” “One More Time,” “Salt And Pepper,” “Silent Dust” (adapted from another of his plays), “Top Secret,” “Now And Forever,” “The Interrupted Journey,” “In The Doghouse,” “Ladies Who Do” and “Finders Keepers.”

Pertwee, who also wrote for tv and radio, was born into a theatrical family. His father was a playwright and novelist, and his brother, Jon, is an actor who appeared on Broadway in the comedy “There’s A Girl In My Soup.”

Also survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

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