Edward Eliscu

Edward Eliscu (April 2, 1902 – June 18, 1998) was an American lyricist, playwright, producer and actor, and a successful writer of songs for films.[1]

Edward Eliscu
Born(1902-04-02)April 2, 1902
DiedJune 18, 1998(1998-06-18) (aged 96)
  • lyricist
  • playwright
  • producer
  • stage actor


Eliscu was born in Manhattan, New York City.[2] He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in Manhattan as a classmate of director George Cukor. He then attended City College of New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

He then began acting in Broadway plays. Eliscu's first film score was with Vincent Youmans and Billy Rose for the film Great Day. Two well-known songs from that show include "More Than You Know," and "Without A Song."

He married the dancer and journalist Stella Bloch in 1931. They both worked in the film industry until the House Committee on Un-American Activities named her husband in the 1950s. This ended his career in the film and later in the television industry.[3] Eliscu together with his wife's cousin Mortimer Offner moved away from Hollywood and returned to New York.[4]

Elscu was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.[2]

He died on June 18, 1998, aged 96, in Newtown, Connecticut.[1]

Eliscu is the grandfather of music journalist and broadcaster Jenny Eliscu.[5]


Selected film and theatre scoresEdit

Selected hitsEdit

  • "Happy Because I’m in Love"
  • "Ankle Up the Altar"
  • "Music Makes Me"
  • "Orchids in the Moonlight"
  • "Meet the People"
  • "A Fellow and A Girl"
  • "You Forgot Your Gloves"
  • "They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree"
  • "More Than You Know"

Selected collaboratorsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Edward Eliscu, 96, Songwriter and Playwright". The New York Times. June 22, 1998.
  2. ^ a b Songwriters Hall of Fame Archived October 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 19, 2015
  3. ^ Stella Bloch papers, New York Public Library. Retrieved October 19, 2015
  4. ^ Larry Ceplair; Steven Englund (January 1983). The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930–1960. University of California Press. pp. 399–400. ISBN 978-0-520-04886-7.
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/jennylsq/status/1156252912177299459. Retrieved June 26, 2020 – via Twitter. Missing or empty |title= (help)[non-primary source needed]

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