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)
OccupationStage actor, songwriter


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]


Selected film and theatre scores

Selected hits

  • "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 collaborators


  1. "Edward Eliscu, 96, Songwriter and Playwright". The New York Times. June 22, 1998.
  2. Songwriters Hall of Fame Archived 2006-10-01 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 19 October 2015
  3. Stella Bloch papers, New York Public Library, Retrieved 19 October 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.
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