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Robert Klane, Author of ‘Weekend at Bernie’s,’ Dies at 81

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Alternatively, Jack Benny despatched Mr. Klane a fan letter telling him that it was the funniest e book he had ever learn.

Two years later, Mr. Klane revealed “The place’s Poppa?,” and that very same yr Carl Reiner directed the movie model, with a script by Mr. Klane. Vincent Canby of The New York Instances wrote that the movie didn’t have “way more on its thoughts than a determined want to impress shock and laughter” — which, he mentioned, it did efficiently.

Jon Klane recalled going to a theater to see the movie together with his father, who stayed within the foyer. “I got here out to get sweet, and he was watching a matronly girl demand a refund,” he mentioned by telephone. “I went as much as him and he mentioned, ‘That is precisely the form of particular person I wish to offend.’”

Over the subsequent three many years, Mr. Klane stayed comparatively busy in tv and movie. He wrote six episodes of the sitcom “M*A*S*H”; the 1985 movie “Nationwide Lampoon’s European Trip,” with John Hughes; “The Man With One Pink Shoe,” a 1985 remake of the French comedy “The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe,” which starred Tom Hanks; and 11 episodes of Tracey Ullman’s sketch comedy sequence “Tracey Takes On …” in 1997, for which he and a number of other others acquired an Emmy Award for excellent selection, music or comedy sequence.

His directing work included “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978), set completely in a disco, which gained the Academy Award for greatest authentic track, “Final Dance,” sung by the disco diva Donna Summer time, certainly one of its stars; and “The Odd Couple: Collectively Once more,” a 1993 TV film that reunited Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, the celebs of that Seventies sitcom.

Along with his son Jon, Mr. Klane is survived by his spouse, J.C. Scott; a daughter, Caitlin Klane; one other son, David; a brother, Larry; and 5 grandchildren. One other daughter, Tracy Klane, died in 2011. His marriages to Linda Tesh and the actress Anjanette Comer resulted in divorce.