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David Buttolph

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Also Known As: James David Buttolph Jr. Died: January 1, 1983
Born: August 3, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Music ... composer music director


David Buttolph was most commonly known for his impressive musical talents. Buttolph worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Fifty Roads to Town" (1937), "Love Is News" (1937) starring Tyrone Power and "Pigskin Parade" (1936) starring Stuart Erwin. He also contributed to "Second Honeymoon" (1937) starring Tyrone Power, "Show Them No Mercy" (1935) and "You Can't Have Everything" (1937). In the forties, Buttolph's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Jeanne Crain romance "In the Meantime, Darling" (1944), the Peggy Ann Garner comedic adaptation "Junior Miss" (1945) and the William Eythe documentary "The House on 92nd Street" (1945). His work was also in the Richard Conte mystery adaptation "The Spider" (1945). Buttolph's music was also featured in the crime feature "The Sellout" (1952) with Walter Pidgeon, "This Woman Is Dangerous" (1952) with Joan Crawford and "The Winning Team" (1952). His music was also featured in "My Man and I" (1952) and the comedy "South Sea Woman" (1953) with Burt Lancaster. Buttolph's music was most recently featured in "The New Maverick" (ABC, 1978-79). Buttolph passed away in January 1983 at the age of 81.


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David Buttolph (born James David Buttolph Jr. August 3, 1902-January 1, 1983) was a film composer who scored over 300 movies in his career. Born in New York City, Buttolph showed musical talent at an early age, and eventually studied music formally. After earning a music degree, Buttolph moved to Europe in 1923 and studied in Austria and Germany supporting himself as a nightclub pianist. He returned to the U.S. in 1927 and, a few years later, began working for NBC radio network as an arranger and conductor. In 1933, Buttolph moved to Los Angeles and began working in films. Buttolph's best work, according to many, was his work as an arranger on Alfred Newman-directed The Mark of Zorro (1940). In the mid-1950s, Buttolph started to write scores television, the most memorable being the theme for the TV western Maverick with the same music appearing in his score of The Lone Ranger (1956). He continued write music for television, many times westerns until his retirement in 1963

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