Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Sammy Fain Biography (1902-1989)
Full name Samuel Feinberg; born June 17, 1902, in New York, NY; died of a heart attack, December 6, 1989, University of California at Los Angeles MedicalCenter; son of Abraham (a reverend and cantor) and Mania (Glass) Feinberg; married Sally Fox, June 18, 1941 (divorced 1949); children: Frank.
- Birth Details
- June 17, 1902
- New York, New York, United States
- Death Details
- December 6, 1989
- Los Angeles, California, United States
Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
- (With Artie Dunn) Fain and Dunn (vaudeville act), 1928-32.
Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
- Buttercup Baumer, Dames, Warner Brothers, 1934.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SPECIALS
- Guest, Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72, National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (NBC-TV), 1972.
- Also appeared in The Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Musicat Wolf Trap, 1987.
Writings;STAGE MUSIC; COMPOSER
- (Broadway debut) Everybody's Welcome, Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1931.
- (With Irving Kahal) Additional songs, Right This Way, Forty-Sixth StreetTheatre, New York City, 1938.
- Hellzapoppin, Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, 1938.
- George White's Scandals (also see below), Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1939.
- Ed Wynn's Boys and Girls Together, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1940.
- Songs, Sons o' Fun, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1941.
- Toplitzky of Notre Dame, Century Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- (And collaborator with E. Y. Harburg) Flahooley, Broadhurst Theatre, 1951.
- (And collaborator with Dan Shapiro) Ankles Aweigh!, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Contributor, Catch a Star!, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Contributor, Ziegleld Follies, Winter Garden Theatre, 1957.
- (And collaborator with Paul Francis Webster) Christine, Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, 1960.
- Around the World in Eighty Days, St. Louis Municipal Opera, MO, 1962, then Marine Theatre, Jones Beach, Long Island, NY, 1963-64.
- (And collaborator with Alan and Marilyn Bergman) Something More, producedon Broadway, 1964.
Writings;FILM MUSIC; COMPOSER WITH IRVING KAHAL
- "Lonely Lane" and "Men of Calvert," College Coach, Warner Brothers, 1933.
- "By a Waterfall," Footlight Parade, Warner Brothers, 1933.
- Harold Teen (also known as The Dancing Fool), Warner Brothers, 1934.
- "Good Green Acres of Home," "Ev'ry Day," "Don't Go on a Diet," "Winter Overnight," "There's a Different You in Your Heart," and "Seltzer Theme Song,"Sweet Music, Warner Brothers, 1935.
- Also composed songs with Kahal, including "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella,""I Can Dream Can't I," "Nobody Knows What a Red-Headed Mama Can Do," "SecondStar to the Right," "That Old Feeling," "Something I Dreamed Last Night," "Are You Havin' Any Fun," "Dear Hearts and Gentle People," "Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up that Old Gang of Mine," and "Was That the Human Thing to Do."
Writings;FILM MUSIC; COMPOSER WITH PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER
- Calamity Jane, Warner Brothers, 1953.
- Lucky Me, Warner Brothers, 1954.
- Title song, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955.
- Theme song, April Love, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
- Theme song, Gift of Love, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
- "A Very Special Love," Marjorie Morningstar, Warner Brothers, 1958.
- Theme song, A Certain Smile, Twentieth-Century Fox, 1958.
- Mardi Gras, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
- Theme song, Imitation of Life, Universal, 1959.
- Joy in the Morning, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1964.
- "Paris Lullaby," Made in Paris, MGM, 1966.
- Theme song, The Teacher (also known as The Seductress), Crown International, 1974.
- Theme song, The Specialist, Crown International, 1975.
Writings;OTHER FILM COMPOSITIONS
- Young Man of Manhattan, Paramount, 1930.
- "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," Monkey Business, Paramount, 1931.
- (With others) The Big Pond, Paramount, 1930.
- Goin' to Town, Paramount, 1935.
- (With Lew Brown) "Our Penthouse on Third Avenue," "Love Is Never out Of Season," "It Goes to Your Feet," "If I Didn't Have You," "Take the World off Your Shoulders," and "It's the Doctor's Orders," New Faces of 1937, RKO RadioPictures, 1937.
- (With Brown) "That Old Feeling," Vogues of 1938, United Artists, 1938.
- (With Ted Kohler) "And There You Are," Weekend at the Waldorf, MGM, 1945.
- (With others) Anchors Aweigh, MGM, 1945.
- (With Jack Yellen) "I Want to Be a Drummer in the Band," "How Did You Getout Of My Dreams?," "I Wake up in the Morning," and "Who Killed Vaudeville?," George White's Scandals, RKO Radio Pictures, 1945.
- (With Ralph Freed) "The Fire Chief's Daughter," "There Are Two Sides to Every Girl," "Down by the Ocean," "Nellie Martin," "After the Show," "G'wan Your Mudder's Callin," Two Sisters from Boston, MGM, 1946.
- (With Howard Dietz) "The Dickey Bird Song," Three Daring Daughters, MGM,1947.
- (With Jack Barnett) "It's Bigger Than Both Of Us" and "Early Morning Song," The Milkman, Universal, 1950.
- (With others) Call Me Mister, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
- (With others) Alice in Wonderland, RKO Radio Pictures, 1951.
- (With Sammy Cahn) "The Elegant Captain Hook," "the Second Star to the Right," "What Makes the Red Man Red?" "You Can Fly, You Can Fly," "Your Mother and Mine," Peter Pan, RKO Radio Pictures, 1953.
- (With Jerry Seelan) "Living the Life I Love," "What Are New Yorkers MadeOf?" "Hush-a-bye," "Oh Moon," "I Hear the Music Now," The Jazz Singer, WarnerBrothers, 1953.
- (With Cahn) Three Sailors and a Girl, Warner Brothers, 1953.
- (With Charles O'Curran and Webster) Hollywood or Bust, Paramount, 1956.
- Theme song, Tender is the Night, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.
- (With Harold Adamson) The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Warner Brothers, 1964.
- Theme song, The Stepmother, Magic Eye, 1972.
- "The Wild and Wooly West," The Parallax View, Paramount, 1974.
- "The Dark Side of Love," Dr. Minx, Warner Brothers, 1975.
- "Someone's Waiting for You," The Rescuers, Disney, 1977.
- "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," Grease, Paramount, 1978.
- "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," Heartbeat, Warner Brothers, 1979.
- "I'll Be Seeing You," Yanks, Universal, 1979.
- "Katie," Just You and Me, Kid, Columbia, 1979.
- "A New Kind of Love," Raging Bull, United Artists, 1980.
- "Secret Love" and "A Very Special Love," Heartbreak Ridge, Warner Brothers, 1986.
- "You Brought A New Kind of Love to Me," Children of a Lesser God, Paramount, 1986.
- (With others) Radio Days, Orion, 1987.
- "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," Cookie, Warner Brothers, 1989.
- "I'll Be Seeing You," Crimes and Misdemeanors, Orion, 1989.
- "I'll Be Seeing You," New York Stories, Buena Vista, 1989.
- Also composer of songs that appeared in other films, including "Love Is AMany Splendored Thing," in Shifshuf Naim, 1981; "I'll Be Seeing You," in BadTiming, 1980; and "Secret Love," in Before Stonewall, 1984.
Writings;TELEVISION MUSIC; COMPOSER
- Score, A Diamond for Carla, Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.
- (CBS-TV), 1960.
- Score, A Special Valentine with Family Ciros, NBC, 1978.
- Songs used on various television programs, 1972--.
- Sammy Fain's Songbook, H. Leonard Publishing Corp., 1990.
- Variety, December 13, 1989.
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