Alex Gottlieb, 81; Film, Radio, TV Producer, Writer

Alex Gottlieb, longtime producer and writer who began crafting scripts for the old Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor and Edgar Bergen radio shows in the 1930s, died Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills.

The producer and author of dozens of films and television shows was 81 and died after a cerebral hemorrhage.

Educated at the University of Wisconsin, Gottlieb worked in theater publicity and advertising before entering radio writing.

Later he ventured into screenplays and film production. Among his credits were “I’ll Take Sweden,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “Buck Privates” (in 1941 the first Bud Abbott and Lou Costello picture) and “Hollywood Canteen.”


On Broadway he produced “Separate Rooms,” “Susan Slept Here,” “Two for the Money” and “One Big Happy Family,” while his TV work involved “The Gale Storm Show,” “Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre,” “Donna Reed Show” and “The Smothers Brothers Show.”

Gottlieb is survived by his wife, Ruth, and a son, Stephen.