RIP: Irving Brecher… The Kidlit-to-movie Master

As far as I know Irving Brecher only worked on the scripts of two movie versions of kids’ books. But both movies were homeruns grandslams: The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me in St. Louis.

 In a world where book-to-movie conversions are usually strikeouts or worse, that’s an incredible batting average.

 This is the time of year when I’m likely to remind folks that Meet Me in St. Louis is one of the very best Christmas movies. That it premiered the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by Judy Garland. And that the song is twice as good when viewed in the context of the movie.

 This would also be a good time for me to remind folks that is excellently adapted from a charming little book of the same name by Sally Benson, which might have been considered an adult or maybe a young adult at the time(1942), but now would be more of a mid-grade, I suppose.

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One Response

  1. I still haven’t read the book “Meet Me In St. Louis.” Maybe I’ll look for it.

    You’re right about the song, though … I never really thought that much of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” until I saw the movie. It was one of those bland, overdone Christmas standbys. But seeing it in context … wow …

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