Max Steiner


Composer

About

Also Known As
Maximilian Raoul Steiner, Max R. Steiner
Birth Place
Austria
Born
May 10, 1888
Died
December 28, 1971

Biography

Child prodigy and former student of Gustav Mahler who began working professionally as a conductor at the age of 16 and became Hollywood's most prolific film composer, allegedly scoring over 250 films. In the US from 1914, Steiner moved to Hollywood at the beginning of the sound era, working first as a musical director and then a composer, becoming a key innovator in the development of fi...

Notes

Steiner was one of six motion picture composers who were honored in 1999 with a postage stamp.

Biography

Child prodigy and former student of Gustav Mahler who began working professionally as a conductor at the age of 16 and became Hollywood's most prolific film composer, allegedly scoring over 250 films. In the US from 1914, Steiner moved to Hollywood at the beginning of the sound era, working first as a musical director and then a composer, becoming a key innovator in the development of film scoring. His richly orchestrated scores provided the appropriate emotional resonance for films such as "King Kong" (1933), "Gone with the Wind" (1939), "Now Voyager," "Casablanca" (both 1942), "The Big Sleep" (1946) and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1947). Steiner worked on nearly 20 Bette Davis films and was with RKO and Warner Bros. for most of his career.

Filmography

 

Music (Feature Film)

Doctor Sleep (2019)
Song
Isn't It Romantic (2019)
Song
The Irishman (2018)
Music
Papillon (Remake) (2018)
Song
Ready Player One (2018)
Song
The Shape of Water (2017)
Song
A Monster Calls (2016)
Song
Trolls (2016)
Song
Legend (2015)
Song
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Song
Hope Springs (2012)
Song
Dark Shadows (2012)
Song
Micmacs (2009)
Music
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
Song
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Music Composer
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Song
Surf's Up (2007)
Song
Lust, Caution (2007)
Original Score
Blind Dating (2007)
Song
The History Boys (2006)
Song
For Your Consideration (2006)
Song
The Departed (2006)
Music
The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
Song
King Kong (2005)
Composer
Rumor Has It... (2005)
Song
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Music
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Music ("Theme From A Summer Place")
Bad Boys II (2003)
Music
An Education (2000)
Song
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Song
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Song
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Song
Molly (1999)
Song
Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
Song ("Casablanca")
A Civil Action (1998)
Song
Selena (1997)
Song
Hollywood Sound (1995)
Music Composer
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
Music
The Neon Bible (1995)
Song Composer ("Tara'S Theme")
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Song ("A Summer Place")
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Song
Batman (1989)
Music
UHF (1989)
Music
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Music
Great Balls Of Fire (1989)
Song
Orphans (1987)
Song ("The Charge Of The Light Brigade")
Mr. Love (1986)
Music Extract ("Tara Theme")
My American Cousin (1986)
Song ("A Summer Place")
The Flamingo Kid (1984)
Song
Running Brave (1983)
Song
The Letter (1982)
Music
Real Life (1979)
Song
Angel Number 9 (1974)
Theme Music ("Now Voyager")
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
^ICasablanca^R incidental Music by
Two on a Guillotine (1965)
Music
Those Calloways (1965)
Music
Those Calloways (1965)
Composer
A Distant Trumpet (1964)
Music
FBI Code 98 (1964)
Music
Youngblood Hawke (1964)
Music
Spencer's Mountain (1963)
Music
Rome Adventure (1962)
Music Score
A Majority of One (1962)
Music
Rome Adventure (1962)
Composer
Portrait of a Mobster (1961)
Music
The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)
Music
Susan Slade (1961)
Music
Parrish (1961)
Music
Ice Palace (1960)
Music
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)
Music
Cash McCall (1960)
Music
The Hanging Tree (1959)
Music
John Paul Jones (1959)
Music
A Summer Place (1959)
Music
The FBI Story (1959)
Music
All Mine to Give (1958)
Music
Darby's Rangers (1958)
Music
Fort Dobbs (1958)
Music
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Music Composition
Escapade in Japan (1957)
Music
Band of Angels (1957)
Music
China Gate (1957)
[Music] extended by His Old Friend
Bandido (1956)
Music
The Searchers (1956)
Music
Hell on Frisco Bay (1956)
Music
Helen of Troy (1956)
Music
Come Next Spring (1956)
Music
The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
Composer
Bandido (1956)
Composer
Come Next Spring (1956)
Composer
The Violent Men (1955)
Music
Battle Cry (1955)
Original Music by
The McConnell Story (1955)
Music
Illegal (1955)
Music
The Last Command (1955)
Music
Battle Cry (1955)
Composer
The Last Command (1955)
Composer
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
Music
The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)
Music
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Music Director
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
Music Adapted
The Charge at Feather River (1953)
Music
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
Music
The Desert Song (1953)
Music Arrangement
So This Is Love (1953)
Music Adapted
The Jazz Singer (1953)
Music Score
So Big (1953)
Music
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
Composer
Room for One More (1952)
Music
The Lion and the Horse (1952)
Music
Springfield Rifle (1952)
Music
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Music
The Iron Mistress (1952)
Music
Mara Maru (1952)
Music
Jim Thorpe--All-American (1951)
Music Director
Distant Drums (1951)
Music
Close to My Heart (1951)
Music
Sugarfoot (1951)
Original Music
Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
Music
Raton Pass (1951)
Music
On Moonlight Bay (1951)
Music Adapted
Force of Arms (1951)
Music
Operation Pacific (1951)
Music
Dallas (1950)
Music
The Glass Menagerie (1950)
Original Music
Rocky Mountain (1950)
Music
The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
Music Director
Caged (1950)
Music
Without Honor (1949)
Music
The Fountainhead (1949)
Music
Adventures of Don Juan (1949)
Music
South of St. Louis (1949)
Music
Flamingo Road (1949)
Original Music
Mrs. Mike (1949)
Music Supervisor
White Heat (1949)
Music
A Kiss in the Dark (1949)
Original Music comp and Arrangements
The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)
Music
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Music
Mrs. Mike (1949)
Composer
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Music
The Woman in White (1948)
Music
One for the Book (1948)
Music
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Music
Winter Meeting (1948)
Music
The Decision of Christopher Blake (1948)
Music
Silver River (1948)
Music
My Girl Tisa (1948)
Music
Fighter Squadron (1948)
Music
Key Largo (1948)
Music
Cheyenne (1947)
Music
Life with Father (1947)
Music
Pursued (1947)
Music
The Unfaithful (1947)
Music
The Beast with Five Fingers (1947)
Music
Love and Learn (1947)
Music score comp and Adapted by
My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
Addl Music comp and Adapted by
Deep Valley (1947)
Music
The Man I Love (1947)
Music Adapted
Cheyenne (1947)
Composer
My Reputation (1946)
Music
The Big Sleep (1946)
Music
Saratoga Trunk (1946)
Music
Cloak and Dagger (1946)
Music Director
Night and Day (1946)
Addl Music comp and Adapted
A Stolen Life (1946)
Music
One More Tomorrow (1946)
Music
Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
Music
Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
Composer
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Music
San Antonio (1945)
Music
The Corn Is Green (1945)
Music
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Music Adapted
Roughly Speaking (1945)
Music comp and Adapted by
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Music
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
Music
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Music
The Conspirators (1944)
Music
Swing Out the Blues (1944)
Composer
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Composer
Since You Went Away (1944)
Music Director
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
Music
Mission to Moscow (1943)
Music
Divide and Conquer (1943)
Original Music compositions by
The Gay Sisters (1942)
Music
Desperate Journey (1942)
Music
In This Our Life (1942)
Music
Now, Voyager (1942)
Music
Captains of the Clouds (1942)
Music
Casablanca (1942)
Music
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
Music
Sergeant York (1941)
Music
One Foot in Heaven (1941)
Music
Shining Victory (1941)
Music
Dive Bomber (1941)
Music
The Great Lie (1941)
Music
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
Music
Virginia City (1940)
Music Score
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Music Score
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Music
A Dispatch from Reuters (1940)
Music
The Letter (1940)
Music
City for Conquest (1940)
Music
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Music
The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
Music
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
Music
The Old Maid (1939)
Music
Dark Victory (1939)
Music
Dodge City (1939)
Music Score
Four Wives (1939)
Music Score
Daughters Courageous (1939)
Music
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
Music Score
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
Music
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Music Score
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
Music Score
White Banners (1938)
Music
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Music
The Sisters (1938)
Music
Jezebel (1938)
Music Composition
Valley of the Giants (1938)
Music
Crime School (1938)
Music
Four Daughters (1938)
Music
A Star Is Born (1937)
Music
Green Light (1937)
Music
God's Country and the Woman (1937)
Music
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Music
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Music
Tovarich (1937)
Music
First Lady (1937)
Music
That Certain Woman (1937)
Composer
Lost Horizon (1937)
Music Director
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
Music
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Music
The Garden of Allah (1936)
Composer
Follow the Fleet (1936)
Music Director
I Dream Too Much (1935)
Music Director
Star of Midnight (1935)
Music Director
The Informer (1935)
Music
The Three Musketeers (1935)
Composer
Star of Midnight (1935)
Composer
Alice Adams (1935)
Composer
Top Hat (1935)
Music Director
Roberta (1935)
Music Director
Break of Hearts (1935)
Music Director
Hat, Coat, and Glove (1934)
Music Director
Murder on the Blackboard (1934)
Music Director
Their Big Moment (1934)
Music Director
Finishing School (1934)
Music Director
Dangerous Corner (1934)
Music Director
The Lost Patrol (1934)
Music Director
Where Sinners Meet (1934)
Music Director
The Little Minister (1934)
Music
His Greatest Gamble (1934)
Music Director
The Age of Innocence (1934)
Music Director
Stingaree (1934)
Music Director
Sing and Like It (1934)
Music Director
The Fountain (1934)
Music
Man of Two Worlds (1934)
Music Director
Strictly Dynamite (1934)
Music Director
Gridiron Flash (1934)
Music Director
Of Human Bondage (1934)
Music Score
Keep 'Em Rolling (1934)
Music Director
Two Alone (1934)
Music Director
Success at Any Price (1934)
Music Director
The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
Music Director
Bachelor Bait (1934)
Music Director
This Man Is Mine (1934)
Music Director
Spitfire (1934)
Music Director
Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)
Music Director
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Music Director
The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
Music
Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)
Composer
Long Lost Father (1934)
Composer
Stingaree (1934)
Composer
Long Lost Father (1934)
Music Director
Wednesday's Child (1934)
Music Director
Anne of Green Gables (1934)
Music Director
Let's Try Again (1934)
Music Director
Crime Doctor (1934)
Music Director
The Meanest Gal in Town (1934)
Music Director
We're Rich Again (1934)
Music Director
By Your Leave (1934)
Music Director
Our Betters (1933)
Music Director
Lucky Devils (1933)
Music Director
Midshipman Jack (1933)
Music Director
Diplomaniacs (1933)
Music Director
No Other Woman (1933)
Music Director
The Monkey's Paw (1933)
Music Director
The Son of Kong (1933)
Music
Chance at Heaven (1933)
Music Director
After Tonight (1933)
Music Director
Melody Cruise (1933)
Music Director
Double Harness (1933)
Music Director
King Kong (1933)
Music
Headline Shooter (1933)
Music Director
The Cheyenne Kid (1933)
Music Director
Bed of Roses (1933)
Music Director
Morning Glory (1933)
Music
Before Dawn (1933)
Music Director
Christopher Strong (1933)
Music Director
The Great Jasper (1933)
Music Director
Ann Vickers (1933)
Music Director
Topaze (1933)
Music Director
Rafter Romance (1933)
Music Director
Sweepings (1933)
Music
If I Were Free (1933)
Music Director
The Silver Cord (1933)
Music Director
Blind Adventure (1933)
Music Director
Flying Devils (1933)
Music Director
One Man's Journey (1933)
Music Director
No Marriage Ties (1933)
Music Director
The Right to Romance (1933)
Music Director
Ace of Aces (1933)
Music Director
Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933)
Music Director
Emergency Call (1933)
Music Director
Little Women (1933)
Music
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Music Director
Westward Passage (1932)
Music Director
Renegades of the West (1932)
Music Director
Penguin Pool Murder (1932)
Music Director
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Music
Roar of the Dragon (1932)
Music Director
Hold 'Em Jail (1932)
Music Director
Thirteen Women (1932)
Music
Little Orphan Annie (1932)
Music Director
Secrets of the French Police (1932)
Music Director
The Half Naked Truth (1932)
Music Director
Bird of Paradise (1932)
Music
Girl Crazy (1932)
Music Director
The Conquerors (1932)
Music
Rockabye (1932)
Music Director
Hell's Highway (1932)
Music Director
The Sport Parade (1932)
Music Director
Lady with a Past (1932)
Music Director
The Animal Kingdom (1932)
Music Director
Is My Face Red? (1932)
Music Director
A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
Music Director
Symphony of Six Million (1932)
Music
What Price Hollywood? (1932)
Music Director
The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)
Music Director
The Saddle Buster (1932)
Music Director
Carnival Boat (1932)
Music Director
Ghost Valley (1932)
Music Director
Consolation Marriage (1931)
Music Director
Friends and Lovers (1931)
Music Score
Traveling Husbands (1931)
Music Director
Are These Our Children (1931)
Music
Traveling Husbands (1931)
Composer
The Gay Diplomat (1931)
Music Director
Dixiana (1930)
Orchestra Arrangement

Music (Special)

Music For the Movies: The Hollywood Sound (1995)
Music

Music (Short)

Frontier Days (1945)
Music Composer
Law of the Badlands (1945)
Music Composer
Roaring Guns (1944)
Music Composer
Wells Fargo Days (1944)
Music Composer
Oklahoma Outlaws (1943)
Music Composer
Wagon Wheels West (1943)
Music Composer

Life Events

1904

Moved to England

1914

Emigrated to US; worked on Broadway as conductor and orchestrator for George White, Florenz Ziegfeld and Victor Herbert

1929

Became musical director for RKO

1929

First film score, "Rio Rita"

Photo Collections

Gone With the Wind - Behind-the-Scenes Stills - Production Staff
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Gone With the Wind (1939). These stills hightlight some of the many staff memebers at Selznick International Pictures that worked on the film.

Videos

Movie Clip

Summer Place, A (1959) - Waiting To Be Kissed A version of the giant hit theme song by Max Steiner accompanies Johnny (Troy Donahue), son of the troubled couple that owns the resort, escorting Sandra Dee (as Molly), daughter of the VIP guests, with provocative talk and shots from writer-producer-director Delmer Daves in A Summer Place, 1959, from the novel by Sloan Wilson.
Letter, The (1940) - Opening, Leslie The famous opening scene starring Bette Davis and the handgun, at a rubber plantation in Malaysia, from William Wyler's The Letter, 1941, from the play by W. Somerset Maugham.
Informer, The (1935) - Open, Then Judas Repented Credits then the abstract and chilling opening sequence from The Informer, 1935, which won Academy Awards for Best Direction (John Ford), Best Actor (Victor McLaglen), screenplay (Dudley Nichols) and score (Max Steiner).
Informer, The (1935) - Paddy's Not Out Tonight Wanted rebel Frankie McPhillip (Wallace Ford) finds his own "wanted" poster, evades a British patrol in Dublin, then surprises his friend, the not overly clever Gypo (Victor McLaglen), in John Ford's The Informer, 1935.
Lost Patrol, The (1934) - Mesopotamia, 1917 Murder, as much by Max Steiner's oppressive (and Academy Award nominated) score as by unseen Arab gunmen, in the opening scene from John Ford's The Lost Patrol, 1934, starring Victor McLaglen.
Top Hat (1935) - Isn't It A Lovely Day Jerry (Fred Astaire) explaining to Dale (Ginger Rogers) about the weather, into Irving Berlin's song and another famous dance number, from Top Hat, 1935.
Gone With The Wind (1939) - All Our Prayers Ashley (Leslie Howard) is departing for war when Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) at last confesses her love, in one of many romantic climaxes in Gone With The Wind, 1939, from Margaret Mitchell's novel.
Gone With The Wind (1939) - Tear You To Pieces Drunken Rhett (Clark Gable) speaks of honor and gets physical with defiant wife Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) in a famous scene ending on the staircase in Gone With The Wind, 1939.

Trailer

Big Sleep, The - (Original Trailer) Private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) investigates a society girl's involvement in the murder of a pornographer in The Big Sleep.
Phantom of Crestwood, The - (Original Trailer) Five men have to prove their innocence when a blackmailer is murdered in The Phantom of Crestwood, 1932, from producer David O. Selznick.
That Certain Woman - (Original Trailer) A gangster's widow (Bette Davis) fights for love despite society's disapproval in That Certain Woman (1937) co-starring Henry Fonda.
Lady Takes a Sailor - (Original Trailer) A woman (Jane Wyman) is saved from drowning by a mysterious submarine, but nobody believes her in Lady Takes A Sailor (1949).
Night and Day - (Original Trailer) Fanciful biography of songwriter Cole Porter (Cary Grant), who rose from high society to find success on Tin Pan Alley.
Ghost Valley - (Original Trailer) A cowboy and a beautiful girl inherit a supposedly haunted gold mine in the Tom Keene western Ghost Valley (1932).
Iron Mistress, The - (Original Trailer) American adventurer Jim Bowie (Alan Ladd) fights to make his way in the lumber business in The Iron Mistress (1952).
God's Country and the Woman - (Original Trailer) A lady lumberjack falls for one of her workers, not realizing it's a business rival in disguise in God's Country and the Woman (1937).
Four Daughters - (Original Trailer) A small-town family's peaceful life is shattered when one daughter falls for a rebellious musician. Starring Claude Rains and John Garfield, directed by Michael Curtiz.
Force of Arms - (Original Trailer) An Army sergeant (William Holden) romances a WAC (Nancy Olsen) in World War II Italy in Force of Arms (1951).
Flying Down to Rio - (Original Trailer) A dance-band leader finds love and success in Brazil. The first Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie.
First Lady - (Original Trailer) Kay Francis wants to be First Lady (1937) in the movie version of the Broadway hit comedy by George S. Kaufman and Katharine Dayton.

Bibliography

Notes

Steiner was one of six motion picture composers who were honored in 1999 with a postage stamp.