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W. Franke Harling

W. Franke Harling (January 18, 1887 – November 22, 1958) was a composer of film scores, operas, and popular music.

Life and career

Born William Franke Harling in London, he was educated at the Grace Choir Church School in New York City. After working as an organist and choir director at the Church of the Resurrection in Brussels, he spent two years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and composed both its hymn, called "The Corps," and its official march, "West Point Forever." [1]

In 1918, Harling contributed incidental music to the Broadway production of the 1898 play Pan and the Young Shepherd by Maurice Hewlett.[2] In 1926, he collaborated with Laurence Stallings on Deep River, a voodoo-themed opera set in New Orleans in 1835. It opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on October 4 and ran for 32 performances.[3]

Harling began his Hollywood career in 1928. His film credits include The Vagabond King, This Is the Night, So Big!, A Bill of Divorcement, Blonde Venus, A Farewell to Arms, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Monte Carlo, Souls at Sea, and Penny Serenade.

Harling won the Academy Award for Best Music Scoring for Stagecoach (1939) and was nominated for Souls at Sea (1937) and Three Russian Girls (1944).[4]

Harling's popular songs include "Beyond the Blue Horizon" (with Richard A. Whiting) popularized by Jeanette MacDonald in 1930 and Lou Christie thirty years later, and "Sing, You Sinners", originally performed by Lillian Roth in 1930 and a hit for Tony Bennett in 1950.

Harling won the Bispham Memorial Medal Award for his jazz-oriented opera A Light from St. Agnes.[5]

Harling died in Sierra Madre, California and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.[6]

Selected filmography
Selected songs
  • "Where was I", song by W. Franke Harling and Al Dubin performed by Ruby Newman and His Orchestra with vocal chorus by Larry Taylor and Peggy McCall 1939
References
  1. Nolan, Frederick, Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway. Oxford University Press 1995. ISBN 0-19-510289-4, pp. 46–47
  2. League, The Broadway. "Pan and the Young Shepherd – IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. League, The Broadway. "Deep River – IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. "Loading..." Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  5. Howard, John Tasker, Our American Music: Three Hundred Years of It (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1936)
  6. "W. Franke Harling (1887–1958) – Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
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Black Legion (film)

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Black Legion is a 1937 American crime drama film, directed by Archie Mayo , with a script by Abem Finkel and William Wister Haines based on an original story by producer Robert Lord . The film stars Humphrey Bogart , Dick Foran , Erin O'Brien-Moore and Ann Sheridan . It is a fictionalized treatment of the historic Black Legion of the 1930s in Michigan, a white vigilante group. A third of its members lived in Detroit, which had also been a center of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. The plot is based on the May 1935 kidnapping and murder in Detroit of Charles A. Poole, a Works Progress Administration organizer. Twelve men were tried and 11 convicted of his murder; all were sentenced to life. Authorities prosecuted another 37 men for related crimes; they were also convicted and sentenced to prison, breaking up the Legion. Columbia Pictures had made Legion of Terror (1936) based on the same case. Black Legion was praised by critics for its dramatization of a dark social phenomenon. It was one of several films of ...more...



Men Are Like That

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Men Are Like That is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film directed by Frank Tuttle and written by George Kelly , Herman J. Mankiewicz and Marion Dix. The film stars Hal Skelly , Doris Hill , Clara Blandick , Charles Sellon , Helene Chadwick , Morgan Farley and George Fawcett . The film was released on March 22, 1930, by Paramount Pictures . The film is a remake of the 1926 Paramount silent film The Show Off based on the 1924 stage play. The play would be filmed again twice by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as The Show-Off in 1934 and 1946 . Plot Cast Hal Skelly as J. Aubrey Piper Doris Hill as Amy Fisher Clara Blandick as Ma Fisher Charles Sellon as Pa Fisher Helene Chadwick as Clara Hyland Morgan Farley as Joe Fisher George Fawcett as The Judge William B. Davidson as Frank Hyland Eugene Pallette as Traffic Cop Preservation status It is preserved in the Library of Congress collection. References "Men-Are-Like-That - Trailer" . nytimes.com . Retrieved February 15, 2015 . "Men Are Like That (1930)" . Turner Classic Movies ...more...



Sam Coslow

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Sam Coslow (December 27, 1902 – April 2, 1982) was an American songwriter, singer, film producer, publisher, and market analyst. Coslow was born in New York City . He began writing songs as a teenager. He contributed songs to Broadway revues, formed the music publishing company Spier and Coslow with Larry Spier and made a number of recordings as a performer. With the explosion of film musicals in the late 1920s, Hollywood attracted a number of ambitious young songwriters, and Coslow joined them in 1929. Coslow and his partner Larry Spier sold their publishing business to Paramount Pictures and Coslow became a Paramount songwriter. One of his first assignments for the studio was the score for the 1930 film The Virtuous Sin . He formed a successful partnership with composer Arthur Johnston and together they provided the scores for a number of films including Bing Crosby vehicles. Coslow became a film producer in the 1940s and won the Academy Award for Best Short Film for his production Heavenly Music in 1943 ...more...



Trouble in Paradise (film)

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Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall Trouble in Paradise is a 1932 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch , starring Miriam Hopkins , Kay Francis , and Herbert Marshall and featuring Charles Ruggles and Edward Everett Horton . Based on the 1931 play The Honest Finder (A Becsületes Megtaláló) by Hungarian playwright László Aladár, the film is about a gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket who join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. In 1991, Trouble in Paradise was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Plot In Venice, Gaston Monescu ( Herbert Marshall ), a master thief masquerading as a baron, meets Lily ( Miriam Hopkins ), a beautiful thief and pickpocket also pretending to be of the nobility, and the two fall in love and decide to team up. They leave Venice for Paris, and go to work for the famous perfume manufacturer Madame Mariette Colet ( Kay ...more...



Magnetic South (album)

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Magnetic South is the first solo album by American singer-songwriter Michael Nesmith during his post-Monkees career. Released by RCA Records in 1970, the album peaked at Number 143 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. Magnetic South is considered an early example of country rock . A single, " Joanne /One Rose" was taken from the album and reached Number 21 on the Billboard singles charts and Number 6 on the Adult Contemporary charts. It was the highest position of Nesmith's solo career. History Nesmith formed the backing group "The First National Band" and gave them billing on both the cover and label of the record. Band member John London had previously played bass on several Monkees tracks and appeared as an extra on several episodes of the TV show, while Red Rhodes had played on a few 1969 Monkees tracks, notably "Steam Engine." Five of the album's eleven tracks are from Nesmith's career with The Monkees . The first four tracks were recorded in 1968-69 for The Monkees, while "Hollywood" was also recorded in ...more...



Every Woman Has Something

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Every Woman Has Something (German: Jede Frau hat etwas ) is a 1931 American comedy film directed by Leo Mittler and starring Trude Berliner , Willy Clever and Kurt Vespermann . It is the German-language version of the 1930 film Honey . Several other language versions were made, as was common in the early years of sound when multi-language versions were made to release in different countries. Cast Trude Berliner as Olivia Dangerfield Willy Clever as Burton Kurt Vespermann as Charles Dangerfield, Bruder Annie Ann as Cora Falkner, Tochter Ida Perry as Frau Falkner Karl Harbacher as Weeks Kurt Lilien as Williams, Privatdetektiv Zacharova as Mayme, Stubenmädchen Alexandra Nalder as Doris, ihre Tochter References Stach & Morsbach p.54 Bibliography Babett Stach & Helmut Morsbach. German film posters: 1895 - 1945. Walter de Gruyter, 1992. External links Every Woman Has Something on IMDb Every Woman Has Something (German: Jede Frau hat etwas ) is a 1931 American comedy film directed by Leo Mittler and starr ...more...



Destination Unknown (film)

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Destination Unknown is a 1933 American drama film directed by Tay Garnett and written by Tom Buckingham . The film stars Pat O'Brien , Ralph Bellamy , Alan Hale, Sr. , Russell Hopton , Tom Brown and Betty Compson . The film was released on April 1, 1933, by Universal Pictures . Plot Cast Pat O'Brien as Matt Brennan Ralph Bellamy as Stowaway Alan Hale, Sr. as Lundstrom Russell Hopton as Georgie Tom Brown as Johnny Betty Compson as Ruby Smith Noel Madison as Maxie Stanley Fields as Gattallo Rollo Lloyd as Dr. Fram Willard Robertson as Joe Shano Charles Middleton as Turk Richard Alexander as Alex Forrester Harvey as Ring George Regas as Tauru References "Destination Unknown (1933) - Overview" . TCM.com . Retrieved 2016-01-05 . Hall, Mordaunt (1933-04-08). "Movie Review - Destination Unknown - A Melodrama Largely Concerned With the Thirst for Water of Those on a Becalmed Rum-Runner" . NYTimes.com . Retrieved 2016-01-05 . "Destination Unknown" . Afi.com . Retrieved 2016-01-05 . External links Destination Unknown o ...more...



Scandal Sheet (1931 film)

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Scandal Sheet is a 1931 American crime film directed by John Cromwell and written by Oliver H.P. Garrett, Vincent Lawrence and Max Marcin . The film stars George Bancroft , Kay Francis , Clive Brook , Regis Toomey , Lucien Littlefield , Gilbert Emery and Harry Beresford . The film was released on January 31, 1931, by Paramount Pictures . Plot Newspaper editor Mark Flint cares about only two things, reporting a big story, no matter whose life it adversely affects, and Edith, his wife. He is unaware that Edith, bored by him, has been having a romantic affair with Noel Adams, a banker. Adams gives a 24-hour deadline to Edith to leave her husband or end the affair. He books passage on a steamship and packs his bags. But after a crisis develops that could ruin his bank, Flint finds out, confronts Adams and, seeing his luggage, mistakenly believes Adams is fleeing the country. He prints the story without giving Adams a chance to manage the crisis at the bank. Although his journalistic coups please Franklin, the new ...more...



The Marriage Playground

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The Marriage Playground is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Lothar Mendes and written by Doris Anderson , J. Walter Ruben and Edith Wharton . The film stars Mary Brian , Fredric March , Lilyan Tashman , Huntley Gordon , Kay Francis , William Austin , and Seena Owen . The film was released on December 21, 1929, by Paramount Pictures . Plot Cast Mary Brian as Judith Wheater Fredric March as Martin Boyne Lilyan Tashman as Joyce Wheater Huntley Gordon as Cliff Wheater Kay Francis as Lady Wrench William Austin as Lord Wrench Seena Owen as Rose Sellers Philippe De Lacy as Terry Wheater Anita Louise as Blanca Wheater Mitzi Green as Zinnie Wheater Billy Seay as Bun Wheater Ruby Parsley as Beatrice Wheater Donald Smith as Chip Wheater Jocelyn Lee as Sybil Maude Turner Gordon as Aunt Julia Langley Armand Kaliz as Prince Matriano Joan Standing as Miss Scopey Gordon De Main as Mr. Delafield References "Movie Review - Lucky in Love - THE SCREEN; Fun and Romance" . nytimes.com . Retrieved February 15, 2015 . ...more...



So Big (1932 film)

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So Big! is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck . The screenplay by J. Grubb Alexander and Robert Lord is based on the 1924 Pulitzer Prize -winning novel of the same name , without the exclamation point, by Edna Ferber . So Big! was the second full-scale screen adaptation of the Ferber novel. The first was a 1924 silent film of the same name directed by Charles Brabin and starring Colleen Moore . A 1953 remake was directed by Robert Wise and starred Jane Wyman . The story was also made as a short in 1930, with Helen Jerome Eddy . Plot Following the death of her mother, Selina Peake ( Barbara Stanwyck ) and her father ( Robert Warwick ) move to Chicago , where she enrolls in finishing school. Her father is killed, leaving her penniless, and Selina's friend Julie Hemple (Mae Madison) helps her find a job as a schoolteacher in a small Dutch community. Selina moves in with the Poole family and tutors their son Roelf ( George Brent ). Selina eventually m ...more...



Favorites in Stereo

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Favorites in Stereo is a studio album by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy . The album was recorded in stereo and released by RCA Records in 1959. For its monaural release the title was changed to Favorites in Hi-Fi . The album peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 27, 1966. MacDonald and Eddy had been a popular romantic screen team in a series of eight motion pictures produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1935 and 1941. In 1957 the two reunited on a broadcast of the television series The Big Record starring Patti Page . Their performance of the " Italian Street Song " from their first film together, Naughty Marietta (1935) created a renewed interest for the team. As a result, RCA brought them together to record Favorites in Stereo. In his review of the album music critic Bruce Eder noted: Track listing Side one No. Title Lyrics Music Performed by Length 1. "Will You Remember?" (from Maytime ) Rida Johnson Young ...more...



The Essential Tony Bennett

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Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic The Essential Tony Bennett is a two-CD compilation album by Tony Bennett , released in 2002. The collection is part of a series of Essential sets released by Columbia Records and was created in collaboration with RPM Records and Legacy Recordings . The compilation includes material from throughout Bennett's career with Columbia, with no recordings after 1970 and before 1986 as Bennett was with other labels or unsigned altogether during that fallow period of his career. The 12-page foldout CD insert contains songwriting, arranging, and producing credits for each track, as well as recording dates and chart positions attained if any. It also contains large photographs of Bennett in the recording studio from early and late periods in his career, as well as thumbnail-sized images of all the albums covers from Bennett's Columbia catalog, in chronological order. AllMusic describes The Essential Tony Bennett as "an excellent, exhaustive retrospective of a len ...more...



Stagecoach (1939 film)

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Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford , starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. The screenplay, written by Dudley Nichols , is an adaptation of "The Stage to Lordsburg", a 1937 short story by Ernest Haycox . The film follows a group of strangers riding on a stagecoach through dangerous Apache territory. Stagecoach was the first of many Westerns that Ford shot using Monument Valley , in the American Southwest on the Arizona – Utah border, as a location, many of which also starred John Wayne. Scenes from Stagecoach, including a famous sequence introducing John Wayne's character the Ringo Kid, blended shots of Monument Valley with shots filmed on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California , RKO Encino Movie Ranch , and other locations. Similar geographic incongruencies are evident throughout the film, up to the closing scene of Ringo (Wayne) and Dallas (Trevor) departing Lordsburg, in southwestern New Mexico, by way of Monument Valley. The film has long b ...more...

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The Essential Johnny Mathis

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Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic The Essential Johnny Mathis is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in 2004 by Columbia Records and includes several of his early hits such as " Chances Are " and " Misty " as well as a wide assortment of selections spanning more than four decades of his recording career. An eight-song CD was added to the original two-disc set to create The Essential Johnny Mathis: Limited Edition 3.0, which was released on June 15, 2010. Track listing " Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) " ( Bart Howard ) – 3:51 "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal ) – 2:41 " It's Not for Me to Say " ( Robert Allen , Al Stillman ) – 3:05 " Wonderful! Wonderful! " ( Sherman Edwards , Ben Raleigh) – 2:50 " Chances Are " ( Robert Allen , Al Stillman ) – 3:03 "No Love (But Your Love)" ( Billy Myles ) – 2:18 " The Twelfth of Never " ( Jerry Livingston , Paul Francis Webster ) – 2:28 " Wild Is the Wind " ( Dimitri Tiomkin , Ned Washington ...more...



List of science-fiction authors

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Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate or did not work in that genre. There is also a considerable overlap with the List of fantasy authors , since many authors are equally comfortable with both genres, and since some works deliberately combine the two or blur the distinction. Most science-fiction authors write as novelists or short-story writers , and in the 21st century, often as playwrights or screen writers . Some notable science-fiction authors are (in alphabetical order): A Catherine Asaro Robert A. Heinlein , L. Sprague de Camp , and Isaac Asimov , Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1944. Margaret Atwood , 2015 Alexander Abasheli (1884–1954) Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838–1926) Kōbō Abe (1924–1993) Robert Abernathy (1924–1990) Dan Abnett (born 1965) Daniel Abraham (born 1969) Forrest J Ackerman (1916–2008) Douglas Adams (1952–2001) Robert Adams (1932–1990) Ann Aguirre (born 1970) Jerry Ahern (1946–2012) Humayun Ahme ...more...



A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine

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A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine is a musical comedy consisting of two essentially independent one-act plays, with a book and lyrics by Dick Vosburgh and music by Frank Lazarus. Additionally, songs by other composers are incorporated into the score. The musical premiered in the West End and then ran on Broadway . Plot overview The first act, A Day in Hollywood, is a revue of classic Hollywood songs of the 1930s performed by singers and dancers representing ushers from Grauman's Chinese Theatre . The second, A Night in the Ukraine, is loosely based on Anton Chekhov 's one-act play The Bear , and is presented in the style of a Marx Brothers movie. In a review of a regional production the reviewer from The New York Times commented that the musical "...has a hybrid score that lists music by Frank Lazarus, with book and lyrics by Dick Vosburgh, additional songs composed by Jerry Herman and a solid midsection medley devoted to the prolific composer of popular movie music, Richard A. Whiting . We are treate ...more...



Duets: An American Classic

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Duets: An American Classic is an album by Tony Bennett , released in 2006. The album was released in conjunction with Bennett's 80th birthday the previous month. The songs selected were mostly ones that Bennett had played a major role in introducing into the Great American Songbook . Unlike some other celebrity duets efforts where performances were recorded separately and then combined by producers, such as Frank Sinatra 's 1993 Duets , Bennett was physically present with each of his partners during recording. The vocals were performed live as the band was playing. The album debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 , selling around 202,000 copies in its first week. It spent five consecutive weeks in the Top 10 and was certified Gold in less than four weeks. It also reached No. 1 in Canada. The sequel album, Duets II , was released in 2011 in conjunction with Bennett's 85th birthday. Grammy Awards The Album Won The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at 2007 Grammy Awards Beating Out " Timeless Love ...more...



Sing You Sinners (film)

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Sing You Sinners is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Bing Crosby , Fred MacMurray , Ellen Drew , and Donald O'Connor . Written by Claude Binyon , the film is about three singing brothers who go to California to find their fortune. Initially the film was to be titled "The Unholy Beebes" and then "Harmony for Three" before finishing with "Sing You Sinners". Filming took place in April/May 1938 in Hollywood. Race track scenes were filmed at the Pomona Fairgrounds and at Santa Anita using two dozen of Crosby's horses. Sing You Sinners was premiered on August 5, 1938 at the Del Mar racetrack with the New York premiere taking place on August 16. The film introduced the two Crosby hit songs " Small Fry " and "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams". Crosby recorded the former title as a duet with Johnny Mercer for Decca Records . Plot The three Beebe brothers are talented singers looking to make their way in the world. Joe Beebe ( Bing Crosby ) is a chronic gambler and a source ...more...



So Red the Rose (film)

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So Red the Rose is a 1935 drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Margaret Sullavan . The Civil War -era romance is based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Stark Young . The film did not enjoy great popularity at the box office. Afterward Civil War films were considered box office poison in Hollywood until Bette Davis and Henry Fonda's performance in 1938's Jezebel , which was a success. This was followed by the overwhelming popularity of Gone with the Wind in 1939, an adaptation of Margaret Mitchell 's bestseller of the same name. Primary cast Margaret Sullavan - Valette Bedford, a plantation mistress Walter Connolly - Malcolm Bedford, a planter and Valette's father Randolph Scott - Duncan Bedford, a planter, Valette's distant cousin who lives with her family Janet Beecher - Sally Bedford Harry Ellerbe - Edward Bedford, Valette's brother Robert Cummings - Archie Pendleton, Edward's friend from Texas Clarence Muse - Cato, a slave field hand Daniel L. Haynes - William Veal, a slave house servant Eli ...more...



Swing (The Manhattan Transfer album)

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Swing is a studio album released by The Manhattan Transfer in 1997 on the Atlantic Records label. This album is a collection of 1930's and 1940s swing music with The Manhattan Transfer's jazz twist. The album also features a guest appearance by Stéphane Grappelli , one of his last recordings before his death. Track listing # Title Writers Length 1 Stomp of King Porter Jelly Roll Morton , Jon Hendricks 3:12 2 Sing a Study in Brown Count Basie , Larry Clinton , Jon Hendricks 2:51 3 Sing Moten's Swing Jon Hendricks, Buster Moten, Bennie Moten 3:36 4 A-Tisket, A-Tasket Al Feldman , Ella Fitzgerald . 2:57 5 I Know Why (And So Do You) Harry Warren , Mack Gordon 3:34 6 Sing You Sinners Sam Coslow , W. Franke Harling 2:45 7 Java Jive Ben Oakland , Milton Drake 2:51 8 Down South Camp Meetin' Fletcher Henderson , Jon Hendricks, Irving Mills 3:15 9 Topsy Edgar Battle , Eddie Durham 3:14 10 Clouds ( Nuages ) Django Reinhardt , Jon Hendricks 7:12 11 Skyliner Charlie Barnet 3:11 12 It's Good Enough to Keep ( Air Mail Speci ...more...



Academy Award for Best Original Score

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The Academy Award for Best Original Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. History The Academy began awarding movies for their scores in 1935 . The category was originally called Best Scoring . At the time, winners and nominees were a mix of original scores and adaptations of pre-existing material. Following the controversial win of Charles Previn for One Hundred Men and a Girl in 1938 , a film without a credited composer that featured pre-existing classical music, the Academy added a Best Original Score category in 1939 . In 1942 , the distinction between the two Scoring categories changed slightly as they were renamed to Best Music Score of a Dramatic Picture and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture . This marked the first time the category was split into separate genres, a distinction that technically still lasts today, although there haven't been enough submissions for the musical category to ...more...



Eminem

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Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM ), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States. Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 . With US sales of 47.4 million albums and 42 million tracks as of June 2014, Eminem is the second best-selling male artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era, the sixth best-selling artist in the United States and the best-selling hip-hop artist. Globally, he has sold more than 245 million albums, making him one of the world's best-selling artists . Additionally, he is the only artist to have eight albums consecutively debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time , calling him the King of Hip Hop . After his debut album Infinite (1996) and then Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem sign ...more...



Film score

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A film score (also sometimes called background score , background music , film soundtrack , film music , or incidental music ) is original music written specifically to accompany a film. The score forms part of the film's soundtrack , which also usually includes pre-existing music, dialogue and sound effects , and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental, or choral pieces called cues , which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question. Scores are written by one or more composers , under the guidance of, or in collaboration with, the film's director or producer and are then usually performed by an ensemble of musicians – most often comprising an orchestra or band, instrumental soloists, and choir or vocalists – and recorded by a sound engineer . Film scores encompass an enormous variety of styles of music, depending on the nature of the films they accompany. The majority of scores are orchestra ...more...



Al Dubin

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Alexander Dubin (June 10, 1891 – February 11, 1945) was an American lyricist . He is best known for his collaborations with the composer Harry Warren . Life Al Dubin came from a Russian Jewish family that immigrated to the United States from Switzerland when he was two years old. He grew up in Philadelphia. Between ages 13 and 16, Dubin played hookey from school in order to travel into New York City to see Broadway musical shows. At age 14 he began writing special material for a vaudeville entertainer on 28th Street between 5th and Broadway in New York City, otherwise known as Tin Pan Alley . Dubin was accepted and enrolled at Perkiomen Seminary in September 1909, but was expelled in 1911, after writing their Alma Mater (song) . After leaving Perkiomen, Dubin got himself a job as a singing waiter at a Philadelphia restaurant. He continued to write lyrics and tried selling them to area publishing firms. During this time, Dubin met composer Joe Burke . Together they wrote the song "Oh, You, Mister Moon" (1911 ...more...



17th Academy Awards

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The 17th Academy Awards marked the first time the complete awards ceremony was broadcast nationally, on the Blue Network (ABC Radio). Bob Hope hosted the 70-minute broadcast, which included film clips that required explanation for the radio audience. This tradition ended abruptly after the 1948 ceremony as a result of the Paramount antitrust decrees , only to return gradually since the late 1960s. This is the first year that the Best Picture category was limited to five pictures. This was also the first and last time an individual was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same role in the same film: Barry Fitzgerald for the character of Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way . He won for Best Supporting Actor. Awards Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface. Best Motion Picture Going My Way – Leo McCarey for Paramount Double Indemnity – Joseph Sistrom for Paramount Gaslight – Arthur Hornblow, Jr. for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Since You Went Away – David O. Selznick for United Ar ...more...



John Ford filmography

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John Ford (1894–1973) was an American film director whose career spanned from 1913 to 1971. During this time he directed more than 140 films. Born in Maine , Ford entered the filmmaking industry shortly after graduating from high school with the help of his older brother, Francis Ford , who had established himself as a leading man and director for Universal Studios . After working as an actor, assistant director , stuntman , and prop man – often for his brother – Universal gave Ford the opportunity to direct in 1917. Initially working in short films , he quickly moved into features, largely with Harry Carey as his star. In 1920 Ford left Universal and began working for the Fox Film Corporation . During the next ten years he directed more than 30 films, including the westerns The Iron Horse (1924) and 3 Bad Men (1926), both starring George O'Brien , the war drama Four Sons and the Irish romantic drama Hangman's House (both 1928 and both starring Victor McLaglen ). In the same year of these last two film ...more...



Richard A. Whiting

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Richard Armstrong Whiting (November 12, 1891 – February 19, 1938) was an American composer of popular songs, including the standards " Hooray for Hollywood ", " Ain't We Got Fun? " and " On the Good Ship Lollipop ". He also wrote lyrics occasionally, and film scores most notably for the standard "She's Funny That Way". He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936 for "When Did You Leave Heaven" from the movie Sing, Baby Sing . Biography Richard Whiting was born in Peoria, Illinois , into a musical family. His father, Frank Whiting, was a real estate agent and gifted violinist; his mother Blossom was a piano teacher. Together they instilled a love of music in their son and worked towards nurturing his natural gift of piano playing. He attended the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles . Upon his graduation, Whiting started a vaudeville act with his college friend Marshall Neilan . The pair briefly toured the U.S. writing songs, singing, and playing the piano. Unfortunately neither one ...more...



A Study in Frustration

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A Study in Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson Story is a box set compilation surveying studio recordings of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra from 1923 to 1938, released in 1961 on Columbia Records , CXK 85470. It initially appeared as a four-album set produced by Frank Driggs and assembled by John Hammond , both of whom also wrote the liner notes . The set was part of a Thesaurus of Classic Jazz series on Columbia which included King of the Delta Blues Singers also worked on by Hammond and Driggs and released in 1961, the first album reissue of songs by blues legend Robert Johnson . Background After an absence of more than a decade, John Hammond returned to work for Columbia Records in the late 1950s. He envisioned a reissue project of musicians from the 1920s and 1930s who had been mostly forgotten by the record-buying public. Working with producer and record archivist Frank Driggs, the project entitled Thesaurus of Classic Jazz included anthologies and installments devoted to individual artists. Retrievin ...more...



Malibu Beach Party

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Malibu Beach Party is an American one-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Merrie Melodies series, produced in Technicolor and released to theaters on September 14, 1940 by Warner Bros. and Vitaphone . It was produced by Leon Schlesinger and directed by I. Freleng , with musical supervision by Carl W. Stalling . It is a parody of the very popular radio comedy series, The Jack Benny Show . Malibu Beach Party marks the first use of the yellow concentric circles in the opening Merrie Melodies logo as well as the last use of the opening theme's early orchestration. Synopsis Jack Bunny invites Hollywood compatriots to his home As " Avalon " is heard in the background, the on-screen invitation states, below the initials "JB", "You are cordially invited to attend a Beach Party at the Malibu Beach Home of JACK BUNNY". A coupon attached to the bottom of the invitation announces that, "THIS COUPON and 50¢ entitles the bearer to a free 25¢ blue plate lunch. DANCING • SWIMMING • DINING". A wide view is presented ...more...



The Keyhole

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The Keyhole is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy-drama film directed by Michael Curtiz . Plot Anne Brooks (Kay Francis), wife of wealthy businessman Schuyler Brooks, is being blackmailed by her former husband Maurice Le Brun who never finalized their divorce and lied to her about it. Acting on advice from Brooks' sister, Anne books a cruise ship passage to Havana, Cuba, to lure Le Brun out of the United States so that he can be blocked from re-entering. Suspicious of her behavior, Brooks hires private detective Neil Davis (George Brent) to follow her and report on whether she is having an affair, but tells him that she is merely a young woman that he's interested in. Anne leaks to Le Brun the details of her trip and he also boards the ship. Davis makes contact with her and sends reports to Brooks that she is not having an affair, but begins to develop a romance with her himself. Back in New York, Brooks learns about the blackmailing from his sister and leaves on a plane to Cuba to apologize to Anne for being su ...more...



List of British Academy Award nominees and winners

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This is a list of British Academy Award nominees and winners . This list details the filmmakers, actors, actresses, and others born and working in the United Kingdom who have been nominated for or have won an Academy Award . Performance arts category Best Actor Leading Actor Year Name Film Status Notes 1927-28 Charles Chaplin The Circus Nominated Chaplin was originally nominated in this category (and three others) for The Circus, but the Academy took him out of the running and gave him a Special Award. 1929-30 George Arliss Disraeli Won The Green Goddess Nominated Ronald Colman Bulldog Drummond Nominated Condemned Nominated 1932-33 Charles Laughton The Private Life of Henry VIII Won Leslie Howard Berkeley Square Nominated 1935 Victor McLaglen The Informer Won Charles Laughton Mutiny on the Bounty Nominated 1938 Leslie Howard Pygmalion Nominated Robert Donat The Citadel Nominated 1939 Goodbye Mr Chips Won Laurence Olivier Wuthering Heights Nominated 1940 Rebecca Nominated Charles Chaplin The Great Dictator Nom ...more...





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