Murray Burnett - Biography - IMDb


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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart failure)

Mini Bio (1)

Murray Burnett was born on December 28, 1910 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and director, known for Casablanca (1942), Guiding Light (1952) and I Cover Times Square (1950). He was married to Adrienne Bayan. He died on September 23, 1997 in New York City.

Family (1)

Spouse Adrienne Bayan (? - 23 September 1997)  (his death)

Trivia (2)

In 1983, Warner Brothers produced a TV series based on the characters from "Casablanca". Burnett and Alison promptly sued the studio, claiming that they still owned the rights to the characters, even though they had sold the original play. However, a 1986 New York Court of Appeals ruled against them.
Having co-written the play "Everybody Comes to Rick's" with Joan Alison, the former English teacher and Cornell University graduate was unable to find anyone willing to produce it on Broadway. Consequently, Burnett and Alison sold the play to Warner Brothers for $20,000, where it was renamed "Casablanca". In later years, Burnett became increasingly frustrated, with what he perceived to be a lack of recognition for his contribution to the classic film.

Salary (1)

Casablanca (1942) $10,000

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