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Damon Runyon

Damon Runyon

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Alfred Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 – December 10, 1946) was an American newspaperman and short-story writer.

He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective "Runyonesque" refers to this type of character as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit", "Benny Southstreet", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charley", "Dave the Dude", or "The Seldom Seen Kid". His distinctive vernacular style is known as "Runyonese": a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. He is credited with coining the phrase "Hooray Henry", a term now used in British English to describe an upper-class, loud-mouthed, arrogant twit.

Runyon's fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on two of his stories, "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure". The musical additionally borrows characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably "Pick The Winner". The film Little Miss Marker (and its two remakes, Sorrowful Jones and the 1980 Little Miss Marker) grew from his short story of the same name.

Runyon was also a well-known newspaper reporter, covering sports and general news for decades for various publications and syndicates owned by William Randolph Hearst. Already famous for his fiction, he wrote a well-remembered "present tense" article on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Presidential inauguration in 1933 for the Universal Service, a Hearst syndicate, which was merged with the co-owned International News Service in 1937.

Damon Runyon Movies : Filmography

Three Wise Guys

Three Wise Guys

Released: 2005 Rated: PG 

Bloodhounds of Broadway

Bloodhounds of Broadway

Released: 1989  

Little Miss Marker

Little Miss Marker

Released: 1980 Rated: PG 

Pocketful of Miracles

Pocketful of Miracles

Writing

Released: 1961  

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Writing

Released: 1955  

Money From Home

Money From Home

Writing

Released: 1953  

Stop, You're Killing Me

Stop, You're Killing Me

Writing

Released: 1952  

Bloodhounds of Broadway

Bloodhounds of Broadway

Writing

Released: 1952  

The Lemon Drop Kid

The Lemon Drop Kid

Released: 1951  

Johnny One-Eye

Johnny One-Eye

Released: 1950  

Sorrowful Jones

Sorrowful Jones

Released: 1949  

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Production

Released: 1944  

The Big Street

The Big Street

Released: 1942  

Butch Minds the Baby

Butch Minds the Baby

Writing

Released: 1942  

A Slight Case of Murder

A Slight Case of Murder

Writing

Released: 1938  

Professional Soldier

Professional Soldier

Writing

Released: 1935  

Princess O'Hara

Princess O'Hara

Writing

Released: 1935  

Midnight Alibi

Midnight Alibi

Writing

Released: 1934  

Little Miss Marker

Little Miss Marker

Writing

Released: 1934  

Lady for a Day

Lady for a Day

Released: 1933