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Robert Riley Crutcher
Position Writer
Biographical Information
Birthdate August 20, 1911
Birthplace St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Death Date August 10, 1974 (age 62)
Death Place Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Robert Riley Crutcher was a writer on Bewitched. He wrote five episodes and one story for the series (1966-1968).


Robert Riley Crutcher was an American writer of radio, television, film and stage. He was born on August 20, 1911, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Crutcher wrote for a number of [radio] comedy series during the era's heyday including "Fanny Brice's Good News of 1939 and Good News of 1940" (for Maxwell House) and for Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" (circa 1939). In 1940 Crutcher contracted to write "The Silver Theatre", alternating scripts with True Boardman. Crutcher wrote the first five episodes of "The Eddie Bracken Show" in 1945 before parting ways with the producers over a contract disagreement. He also did some writing for "This Is My Best" that year and in 1946 agreed to write Frank Morgan's "The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy" for an impressive three-thousand dollars per week.

Crutcher was contracted to write a number of screenplays in the 1940s, very few of which apparently were produced. With the decline of primetime radio comedy, Crutcher made a name for himself in television, most notably with the popular Bewitched in the late 1960s.[2]

Other works include the television series "Hazel" (1961-1966), "The Thin Man" (1957-1959), and "Topper" (1954-1955). He wrote screenplays for the films "Girl Trouble" (1942) and "Key to the City" (1950); and "The Lady Dances" (1936) for the stage.[3]

Crutcher married Virginia Margaret Floyd on August 3, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. He died on August 10, 1974 in Los Angeles. He was 62.[4][5]



  1. Robert Riley Crutcher on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on January 12, 2020.
  2. Ellett, Ryan. "Robert Riley Crutcher",  Radio Drama and Comedy Writers, 1928-1962, McFarland, 2017, pp. 55-56.
  3. Robert Riley Crutcher on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on August 12, 2021.
  4. The Life Summary of Robert Riley Crutcher, Family Search. Retrieved on August 12, 2021.
  5. Seidelman, James. Robert Riley Crutcher on Find a Grave, July 2, 2002. Retrieved on August 12, 2021.