Lee Kalcheim
Born (1938-06-27) June 27, 1938 (age 85)
Occupation(s)TV and film screenwriter
Years active1965-present
Known forWriting work for various TV shows and films
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for his writing work for the episode "The Bunkers And The Swingers" in Season 3 of All in the Family

Lee Kalcheim (June 27, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American screenwriter.[1]


Kalcheim has written numerous television shows including episodes for The Paper Chase (1985); All in the Family (1971–72; Emmy 1973); N.Y.P.D. (1967–69); The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1965); and the ABC After School Special: "The Bridge of Adam Rush" (1974).[2] He was also a creator for the sitcom Something Wilder, which was originally inspired by his own experiences as a father.


Film name Year Description
Is This Trip Really Necessary? 1970 A mad filmmaker kills an actress in his torture chamber's iron maiden.[3][4][5]
Let's Scare Jessica to Death 1971 A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.[6]
The Comedy Company 1978
Marriage is Alive and Well 1980 A photographer who specializes in weddings and who, according to others, has the perfect marriage. However, he and his wife are at a crossroad and have decided to separate. While he and his wife bicker and she prepares to leave, he reminisces about people whom he has photographed who have had unusual relationships.[7]


Play name First produced First published Description and/or Reference
Defiled Unknown Unknown When a technophobic librarian threatens to detonate the library if his card catalog is taken away, the police must negotiate with him.[8]
An Audible Sigh 1968 Unknown [9]
Match Play 1969 1969 A spoiled young man takes on a girl, his father, and the Army to get what he wants and doesn't need.[10][11]
Hurry, Harry 1972 1972 A rich boy struggles to find happiness.[9][12]
Class of '63 1973 1973 A jealous husband uses a college reunion to take revenge on his wife's former lover, who he is convinced is still having an affair with her.[5][13]
The Boy Who Came to Leave 1973 1973 Two young men with opposite personalities share a loft apartment.[14][15]
Win With Wheeler 1975 1984 [9][16][17]
The Prague Spring 1977 1977 The Czech leader Alexander Dubcek believes he can reform the Communist regime.[18]
Winning Isn't Everything 1978 1978 An ex-astronaut makes his way into Senate under the tutelage of a hard-driving campaign manager.[19][1]
Breakfast with Les and Bess 1983 1984 [9][20]
Friends Unknown 1984 [21]
Moving 1991 Unknown The one steady thing in Megan and Diana's lives, in the twelve years this play spans, is the friendship they share. As their priorities change over the years, they must figure out what they want out of life before it is too late.[9][22]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Liz. "Off the Grapevine". Toledo Blade, March 30, 1978, p. TV-7. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  2. ^ The Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.). "Boys adjustment told on Afternoon Special". October 18, 1974, p. TV-6. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Willis, Donald C. (1984). Horror and Science Fiction Films III. Scarecrow Press. p. 142. ISBN 9780810817234. is this trip really necessary kalcheim.
  4. ^ Benoit, Ben (April 1970), Blood of the Iron Maiden, Marvin Miller, Peter Duryea, Carole Kane, retrieved 2018-07-25
  5. ^ a b "Lee Kalcheim Filmography". Fandango. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  6. ^ Hancock, John D. (1971-08-27), Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor, retrieved 2018-07-26
  7. ^ Mayberry, Russ (1980-01-25), Marriage Is Alive and Well, Jack Albertson, Deborah Baltzell, Melinda Dillon, retrieved 2018-07-26
  8. ^ "Defiled". Samuel French, Inc. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Lee Kalcheim". Doollee. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  10. ^ Norwalk Hour. "Polka Dot Playhouse Has Casting Call". February 13, 1969, p. 5. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "In Players (International Drama Group) - Amsterdam | BedrijvenInzicht". www.bedrijveninzicht.nl. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  12. ^ Barnes, Clive. "Theater: 'Hurry, Harry'". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  13. ^ Sumter Daily Item. "Wednesday Movie Best Bet". March 14, 1973, p. 19B. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Theater: Air of Unreality". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  15. ^ Brukenfeld, Dick. "A lonely lady, tied to her tube" (Review). The Village Voice, June 14, 1973, pp. 66, 68. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  16. ^ The Day (New London, Conn.). "O'Neill to present new Kalcheim play". August 1, 1975, p. 8. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  17. ^ Huisking, Charlie. "Kalcheim Has High Hopes For His Comedy". Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 31, 1976, p. 3B. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  18. ^ "Richard Oberlin, Director, Cleveland Play House, 1929–1987". Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  19. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Theater: 'Winning,' a Comedy". Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  20. ^ Beahan, Brad. "Solid season ahead for community theaters". Lakeland Ledger, October 3, 1985, pp. 1C & 6C. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  21. ^ Rich, Frank. "THEATER: 'FRIENDS' BY LEE KALCHEIM". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  22. ^ "Moving (Kalcheim)".