Our Man Fimberg

Hal Fimberg (1907-1974) is today best known for having created and co-written the Our Man Flint series of James Bond parodies starring James Coburn (1966-1967). But that was just the climax to a long career in show business that had stretched out over the decades.

Fimberg started out in vaudeville in the 1920s, and was a bandleader and songwriter, among his better known pursuits. He produced and wrote scripts for radio programs starring Ken Murray, Al Jolson, Judy Canova, and Amos ‘n’ Andy. This led naturally to screenwriting; you can find his name in the credits of The Big Store (1941) with the Marx Brothers; In Society (1944) and The Naughty Nineties (1945) with Abbott and Costello; The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) with Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre; and such lesser-remembered wartime curiosities as You Can’t Ration Love (1942), National Barn Dance (1944); and A Wave, a WAC and a Marine (1944).

Next came the Siren Song of television. During the 1950s and early ’60s he wrote for such shows as the All Star Revue, The Donald O’Connor Show, The Gale Storm Show, and Make Room for Daddy.

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Fimberg was hitting 60 in the aftermath of his Flint success, and appears not to have built upon it with any ambitious new projects. Following the major success of the Flint films, he only wrote a couple of Bing Crosby tv specials in 1968, and then retired.

To find out more about vaudeville and vaudeville vets like Hal Fimbergconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous,