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Roy Webb was most commonly known for his impressive musical talents. Webb worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Cockeyed Cavaliers" (1934), "Hips, Hips, Hooray!" (1934) starring Bert Wheeler and "Kentucky Kernels" (1934). He also contributed to "The Arizonian" (1935), "The Last Days of Pompeii" with Preston Foster (1935) and "West of the Pecos" (1934) starring Richard Dix. Webb was nominated for a Music (Scoring) Academy Award for "Quality Street" in 1937 as well as for a Music (Original Score) Academy Award for "My Favorite Wife" in 1940. In the forties, Webb devoted his time to various credits, such as "Little Men" (1940) starring Kay Francis, "Mexican Spitfire Out West" (1940) and "Stranger on the Third Floor" with Peter Lorre (1940). He also worked on "The Saint Takes Over" (1940) starring George Sanders. Webb's music was also featured in the George Coulouris drama "The Master Race" (1944), the Tom Conway mystery "The Falcon Out West" (1944) and the drama "The Curse of the Cat People" (1944) with Simone Simon. His music was also featured in the drama "The Seventh Cross" (1944) with Spencer Tracy and "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945). Webb was nominated for an Academy Award for "The Enchanted Cottage" in 1945. Webb most recently worked on the Clark Gable comedy "Teacher's Pet" (1958). Webb passed away in December 1982 at the age of 94.
albatros1 ( 2007-10-04 )
Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia
Roy Webb (October 3, 1888 – December 10, 1982) was a film music composer. Webb has hundreds of composing credits to his name, mainly with RKO Pictures, and while most of the movies he scored were fairly light in content, he is today best known for his dark horror and film noir scores. He is particularly identified with the films of Val Lewton Born in New York City, he orchestrated and conducted for the Broadway stage, before moving to Hollywood in the late 1920s to work as music director for Radio Pictures, later RKO Pictures, where he remained until he retired in 1955. He worked as composer or arranger on over 200 films, and received Academy Award nominations for Quality Street (1937), My Favorite Wife (1940), I Married a Witch (1942), Joan of Paris (1942), The Fallen Sparrow (1943), The Fighting Seabees (1944), and The Enchanted Cottage (1945). His piano concerto from The Enchanted Cottage was performed in concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1945. In 1961, a house fire destroyed all Webb's film scores and unpublished concert music, after which Webb ceased composing. Webb died in 1982 from a heart attack at the age of 94. An alumnus of Columbia University, Webb wrote the fight song Roar, Lion, Roar for his alma mater in 1925. Several cues composed by Webb were used in the newsreel montage of Kane's life in Citizen Kane. He also composed several cues (uncredited) for This is Cinerama, the first Cinerama production in 1952.
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