Harry Warren


Composer

About

Also Known As
Salvatore Anthony Guaranga, H Warren
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
December 24, 1893
Died
September 22, 1981
Cause of Death
Kidney Failure

Biography

Harry Warren's film work led to high accolades, not least of which include an Oscar from the Academy. Warren worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Footlight Parade" (1933), "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933) starring Warren William, "Moulin Rouge" with Constance Bennett (1934) and "Wonder Bar" (1934) starring Al Jolson. Warren won a Music (Song) Aca...

Family & Companions

Josephine Warren
Wife
Married in December 1918.

Biography

Harry Warren's film work led to high accolades, not least of which include an Oscar from the Academy. Warren worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Footlight Parade" (1933), "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933) starring Warren William, "Moulin Rouge" with Constance Bennett (1934) and "Wonder Bar" (1934) starring Al Jolson. Warren won a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Gold Diggers of 1935" in 1935 as well as a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Hello, Frisco, Hello" in 1943. Warren was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Mr. Dodd Takes the Air," as well as for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Going Places" and a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Down Argentine Way." In the eighties, Warren devoted his time to various credits, such as "Not For Publication" (1984), "The Purple Rose of Cairo" with Mia Farrow (1985), "Before Stonewall" (1986) starring Allen Ginsberg and "Radio Days" with Mia Farrow (1987). Warren had a number of different projects under his belt in the nineties, including "Kissing A Fool" (1998), "Living Out Loud" with Holly Hunter (1998), "Meet Joe Black" (1998) starring Brad Pitt and "Pleasantville" (1998). Warren last provided music for "The Misadventures of Margaret." Warren was married to Josephine Warren and had two children. Harry Warren passed away in September 1981 at the age of 88.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Salute to the Marines (1943)
Marine
The Man from Down Under (1943)
Military policeman
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Boston, member of 'Jubilee' crew
Go into Your Dance (1935)
Himself
A Very Honorable Guy (1934)
Harry
42nd Street (1933)
Song writer

Music (Feature Film)

Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Music
The Aftermath (2019)
Song
Ad Astra (2019)
Song
Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Song
Breaking In (2018)
Song
A Star is Born (2018)
Song
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Song
The Shape of Water (2017)
Music
Table 19 (2017)
Song
Bridget Jones' Baby (2016)
Song
Brooklyn (2015)
Song
Accidental Love (2015)
Song
Broken City (2013)
Song
Gangster Squad (2013)
Song
Just Wright (2010)
Song
Father of Invention (2010)
Song
Love Ranch (2010)
Song
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Song
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Song
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Song
My Best Friend's Girl (2008)
Song
My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008)
Song
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
Song
Bachelor No. 2 (2008)
Song
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Song
The Education of Charlie Banks (2007)
Song
Enchanted (2007)
Song
Happy Feet (2006)
Composer
Inland Empire (2006)
Song
Phat Girlz (2006)
Song
Just My Luck (2006)
Song
CLICK (2006)
Song
Hollywoodland (2006)
Song
Ask the Dust (2006)
Song
The Lake House (2006)
Song
The Wedding Weekend (2006)
Song
Infamous (2006)
Song
Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006)
Song
Little Manhattan (2005)
Song
Be Cool (2005)
Song
The White Countess (2005)
Song
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Composer
White Chicks (2004)
Song
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Song
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Song
Anything Else (2003)
Song
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
Song
Evil Never Dies (2003)
Song
It Runs in the Family (2003)
Song ("You'Ll Never Know")
Uncle Frank (2003)
Song
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Song
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Song
Enough (2002)
Song ("I Only Have Eyes For You")
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Song
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Song
The Others (2001)
Song
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Song
Enigma (2001)
Song
High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
Song ("The More I See You")
Men of Honor (2000)
Song
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Song
Reindeer Games (2000)
Song
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Song
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Song
The End of the Affair (1999)
Song
American Pie (1999)
Song
Analyze This (1999)
Song
Fanny and Elvis (1999)
Song
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Song
The Other Sister (1999)
Song
Fight Club (1999)
Song
Bicentennial Man (1999)
Song
Stuart Little (1999)
Song
Patch Adams (1998)
Song
Buena Vista Social Club (1998)
Song
Living out Loud (1998)
Song
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song
The Misadventures of Margaret (1998)
Song
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Song
Kissing a Fool (1998)
Song
Pleasantville (1998)
Song
Sphere (1998)
Song
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
Song
Picture Perfect (1997)
Songs ("I Had The Craziest Dream" "You'Ll Never Know" "The More I See You")
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Song
Out to Sea (1997)
Song
Mouse Hunt (1997)
Song
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Song ("At Last")
The Devil's Own (1997)
Song
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Song
That Old Feeling (1997)
Song
Booty Call (1997)
Song
'Til There Was You (1997)
Song
In the Gloaming (1997)
Song
The English Patient (1996)
Music ("Pettin' In The Park")
My Fellow Americans (1996)
Song
Swingers (1996)
Song
Dare to Love (1995)
Song
The Neon Bible (1995)
Song Composer ("Chattanooga Choo Choo")
Miami Rhapsody (1995)
Song
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Music
The Little Rascals (1994)
Song
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Song
The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1994)
Song
Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994)
Theme Song
Heart and Souls (1993)
Song
Jack the Bear (1993)
Song
Rising Sun (1993)
Song
Life with Mikey (1993)
Song
The Cemetery Club (1993)
Song
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
Song
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Song
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Song
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Song
Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
Song
Class Act (1992)
Song
The Public Eye (1992)
Song
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Song
Noises Off (1992)
Song
Shining Through (1992)
Song
One Good Cop (1991)
Song
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Song
The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991)
Music
My Girl (1991)
Song
The Fisher King (1991)
Song
For the Boys (1991)
Song
Another You (1991)
Song
29th Street (1991)
Song
Betsy's Wedding (1990)
Song
Coupe de Ville (1990)
Song
Memphis Belle (1990)
Song
The Freshman (1990)
Song
Funny About Love (1990)
Song
Goodfellas (1990)
Song
Pretty Woman (1990)
Song
Black Rain (1989)
Song
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Song ("September In The Rain")
Aloha Summer (1988)
Song
Track 29 (1988)
Song
Frantic (1988)
Song ("The More I See You")
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Song ("We'Re In The Money")
Rain Man (1988)
Song
Ishtar (1987)
Music
Radio Days (1987)
Song
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Song
Before Stonewall (1985)
Song
Not For Publication (1984)
Song ("You'Re Getting To Be A Habit With Me")
City Heat (1984)
Song
Heart Like A Wheel (1983)
Song
Risky Business (1983)
Song ("My Heart Tells Me")
The Right Stuff (1983)
Song
The World According to Garp (1982)
Song ("There Will Never Be Another You")
Raging Bull (1980)
Composer
Joe Albany... A Jazz Life (1980)
Song
The Lady in Red (1979)
Song
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Music
Kings of the Road (1976)
Song ("The More I See You")
Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (1974)
Song
B. J. Lang Presents (1971)
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Rosie (1967)
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Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
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Satan Never Sleeps (1962)
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The Ladies' Man (1961)
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CinderFella (1960)
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The Gene Krupa Story (1960)
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Holiday for Lovers (1959)
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These Thousand Hills (1959)
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The Rookie (1959)
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The Five Pennies (1959)
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The Blue Angel (1959)
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Houseboat (1958)
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Gang War (1958)
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Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
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Separate Tables (1958)
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The River's Edge (1957)
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An Affair to Remember (1957)
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Spring Reunion (1957)
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Joe Butterfly (1957)
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The Birds and the Bees (1956)
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Artists and Models (1956)
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The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
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Marty (1955)
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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
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Tennessee Champ (1954)
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Money from Home (1954)
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Rear Window (1954)
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The Caddy (1953)
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Man on a Tightrope (1953)
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From Here to Eternity (1953)
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The Jazz Singer (1953)
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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
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Vicki (1953)
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Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
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Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)
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Just for You (1952)
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Skirts Ahoy! (1952)
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She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
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Dreamboat (1952)
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The Belle of New York (1952)
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Half Angel (1951)
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Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
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Texas Carnival (1951)
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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
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Pagan Love Song (1950)
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Young Man with a Horn (1950)
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Jolson Sings Again (1950)
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Tea for Two (1950)
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I'll Get By (1950)
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Summer Stock (1950)
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A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
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That Wonderful Urge (1949)
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My Dream Is Yours (1949)
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You're My Everything (1949)
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The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
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Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
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Summer Holiday (1948)
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Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1947)
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The Jolson Story (1947)
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The Harvey Girls (1946)
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Do You Love Me (1946)
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Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
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Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
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Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
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Brewster's Millions (1945)
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Within These Walls (1945)
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Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
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Take It or Leave It (1944)
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Swing in the Saddle (1944)
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Winged Victory (1944)
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Greenwich Village (1944)
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The Fighting Seabees (1944)
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Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
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The Sullivans (1944)
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The Gang's All Here (1943)
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Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
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Murder on the Waterfront (1943)
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Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
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Time to Kill (1943)
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Jitterbugs (1943)
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The Night Before the Divorce (1942)
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Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
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They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
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Casablanca (1942)
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Orchestra Wives (1942)
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Iceland (1942)
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Million Dollar Baby (1941)
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Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
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Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)
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The Great American Broadcast (1941)
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That Night in Rio (1941)
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Week-End in Havana (1941)
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Small Town Deb (1941)
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Las Vegas Nights--"The Last Frontier Town" (1941)
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Down Argentine Way (1940)
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Young People (1940)
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Tin Pan Alley (1940)
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Jeepers Creepers (1939)
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Naughty but Nice (1939)
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Honolulu (1939)
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Jezebel (1938)
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Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938)
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Going Places (1938)
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Hard to Get (1938)
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Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
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Garden of the Moon (1938)
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Marked Woman (1937)
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San Quentin (1937)
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Sing Me a Love Song (1937)
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Melody for Two (1937)
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The Singing Marine (1937)
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Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
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Colleen (1936)
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Cain and Mabel (1936)
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Hearts Divided (1936)
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Sons O' Guns (1936)
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Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
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Stars over Broadway (1935)
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Living on Velvet (1935)
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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
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Broadway Gondolier (1935)
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Go into Your Dance (1935)
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Page Miss Glory (1935)
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Shipmates Forever (1935)
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Sweet Music (1935)
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We're in the Money (1935)
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In Caliente (1935)
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Moulin Rouge (1934)
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Dames (1934)
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Wonder Bar (1934)
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Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
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42nd Street (1933)
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Footlight Parade (1933)
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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
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Roman Scandals (1933)
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Crooner (1932)
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Spring Is Here (1930)
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Wolf Song (1929)
Composer

Sound (Feature Film)

The Happy Ending (1969)
Sound re-rec

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Winterhawk (1975)
Sound
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
Double for Spencer Tracy

Music (Special)

The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood (2003)
Song
From Broadway: Fosse (2002)
Music
Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1997)
Music
The Sunset Gang (1991)
Song
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1989)
Song
Keith Jarrett: Standards (1988)
Song ("I Wish I Knew")

Cast (Short)

Harry Warren America's Foremost Composer (1933)
Himself

Music (Short)

Three Cheers for the Girls (1943)
Music Composer
Yours Sincerely (1933)
Music Composer

Life Events

1917

Enlisted in US Navy; began writing songs

1920

Hired to work as a song plugger at Stark & Cowan; quit after a short stint

1922

Had his first hit song, "Rose of the Rio Grande," with lyrics by Edgar Leslie

1923

Both "Home in Pasadena" and "So This Is Venice" introduced by Paul Whiteman

1929

Served as director of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

1930

Penned the score for the film "Spring Is Here"

1930

Worked on the score for the stage musical "Sweet and Low," with lyrics by Ira Gershwin

1931

Collaborated with lyricist Mort Dixon on the songs for the Broadway show "Laugh Parade"

1931

Hired by Billy Rose to write songs for the stage show "Crazy Quilt", including the now classic "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in the Five and Ten Cent Store)"

1933

Appeared in the short film "Harry Warren, America's Foremost Composer"

1933

Composed songs for "Footlight Parade" and "The Gold Diggers of 1933"

1933

With Al Dubin, wrote the songs for the screen musical "42nd Street"; also appeared on screen with Dubin

1933

Wrote music for "Roman Scandals" featuring Eddie Cantor

1935

Received the Academy Award for Best Song for "Lullaby of Broadway," written for "Gold Diggers of 1935"

1937

Picked up his second Academy Award nomination for "Remember Me"

1938

Earned his third Oscar nomination for "Jeepers Creepers," written with Johnny Mercer for the film "Going Places"

1940

Fourth Best Song Oscar nomination, the title number from "Down Argentine Way", with lyrics by Gordon

1940

Put under contract at 20th Century-Fox; worked frequently with lyricist Mack Gordon

1941

Had a hit song with "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (lyrics by Mack Gordon), recorded by Glenn Miller, which was used in the film "Sun Valley Serenade" and for which he earned his fifth Best Song Oscar nomination

1942

Once again had a hit introduced by Glenn Miller, "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo"; featured in the movie "Orchestra Wives"; netted sixth career Best Song Oscar nomination

1943

Won his second Academy Award for "You'll Never Know," written with Mack Gordon for the film "Hello, Frisco, Hello"

1943

Moved from 20th Century-Fox to MGM

1946

Earned his third Oscar for "On the Acheson, Topeka and the Sante Fe," lyrics by Johnny Mercer, written for the film musical "The Harvey Girls"

1948

Wrote the music for "Summer Holiday"

1949

Loaned out to Warner Bros. to write the songs for the Doris Day vehicle "My Dream Is Yours"

1949

Penned songs for the Astaire-Rogers reteaming in "The Barkleys of Broadway"

1952

Garnered his ninth Oscar nomination for Best Song for "Zing a Little Zong" (written with Leo Robin) for the film "Just for You," one of 11 songs written for the film

1952

Released from his contract by MGM

1953

Penned "That's Amore" for the film "The Caddy" (lyrics by Jack Brooks), and earned his 10th Oscar nomination for Best Song

1955

Composed the theme for the TV series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp"

1956

Wrote the score for the Broadway musical "Shangri-La," based on the book and film "Lost Horizon"

1957

Composed the theme to the TV series "The Californians"

1957

Wrote the title tune for "An Affair to Remember" (with lyrics by director Leo McCarey and Harold Adamson), and earned his 11th career Academy Award nomination

1958

Wrote the title song for the film "Separate Tables"

1960

Composed the songs for the Jerry Lewis vehicle "Cinderfella"

1961

Penned the song "Bang Tail" for "The Ladies' Man," starring Lewis

1980

Hired to write the songs for an unproduced film called "Manhattan Melody"

1980

Stage adaptation of "42nd Street" opened on Broadway and won that year's Tony Award as Best Musical; producer David Merrick did not mention the songwriters in any advertising for the show

2001

Revival of "42nd Street" opened on Broadway

Videos

Movie Clip

Sun Valley Serenade (1941) - Chattanooga Choo Choo After the vocal and instrumental from Glenn Miller's band, the last bit of the number, Dorothy Dandridge the girl singer, with her future husband, the taller Nicholas brother Harold, and his brother Fayard, the famous tune by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in Sun Valley Serenade, 1941.
Summer Holiday (1948) - Our Home Town From the top, Walter Huston as dad Nat Miller introduces the gimmick, original tunes by Harry Warren and Ralph Blane serving as exposition in the musical adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness, bringing in Butch Jenkins, Michael Kirby, Marilyn Maxwell, Selena Royle, Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead, in Summer Holiday, 1948, produced by Arthur Freed for MGM.
Summer Holiday (1948) - Afraid To Fall In Love Setting may look a little more Hollywood than the purported Danville, Connecticut, but Mickey Rooney as graduating Richard is lobbying for a smooch from girlfriend Muriel (Gloria De Haven), director Rouben Mamoulian giving them rope with a Harry Warren/Ralph Blane original, in Summer Holiday, 1948, from producer Arthur Freed for MGM.
Summer Holiday (1948) - The Stanley Steamer Graduation from Danville, CT High School, June 1906, Mickey Rooney as ebullient Richard hears first from Gloria De Haven as girlfriend Muriel, then joins Agnes Moorehed (“Cousin Lily”) and his dad (Walter Huston) as they board the genuine car, with another original song by Harry Warren and Ralph Blane, in the musical adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!, from MGM’s Arthur Freed unit, Summer Holiday, 1948.
Honolulu (1939) - Title Song Cruise ship entertainers Millie (Gracie Allen) and Dot (Eleanor Powell) persuaded to perform, the title song, an original by Harry Warren and Gus Kahn, Gracie with the vocal then Eleanor, choreographed by Bobby Connelly, handling the jump rope with ease, in Honolulu, 1939, from MGM and producer Jack Cummings.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - Better Than Alice Faye Opening flourish from director Martin Scorsese, young Alice (Mia Bendixsen) with Alice Faye's take on "You'll Never Know," then Mott The Hoople with Ian Hunter's "All The Way From Memphis," grown-up Alice (Ellen Burstyn) with son Tom (Alfred Lutter), in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1974.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Chica Chica Boom Chic Opening with an original song, by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, for Carmen Miranda and then Don Ameche, whom we will learn are "Carmen" and American Larry, performers in a Rio night club, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941, also starring Alice Faye.
That Night In Rio (1941) - They Met In Rio Still on that first night in the Rio night club, Don Ameche as American singer Larry meets Alice Faye as Brazilian baroness Cecilia, whose prominent husband he impersonates as part of his act, song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Cai Cai Straight up number for Carmen Miranda, who plays an entertainer named Carmen, performing at a Brazilian society party, co-stars Don Ameche and Alice Faye in her audience, original song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941.
Gold Diggers Of 1937 (1936) - All's Fair In Love And War Busby Berkeley’s dance direction at last with some scale in the finalè number, Dick Powell and Lee Dixon, with Joan Blondell and Rosalind Marquis, in a Harry Warren/Al Dubin original composition for Warner Bros., in what was technically the 5th film in the series (counting the lost silents), in Gold Diggers Of 1937, 1936.
Gold Diggers Of 1935 - Lullaby Of Broadway Just a portion, featuring dancers "Ramon & Rosita" then the company, from Busby Berkeley's giant production of Lullaby Of Broadway by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, in Gold Diggers of 1935.
She's Working Her Way Through College - Hot-Garters Gertie Tons of quality if short on plausibility, Ronald Reagan ("Professor Palmer") enters a Times Square burlesque joint where ex-student Angela (Virginia Mayo), under a stage name, offers Harry Warren and Al Dubin's With Plenty Of Money And You, opening She's Working Her Way Through College, 1952.

Family

Harry Warren Jr
Son
Born in 1919; died in 1938 of pneumonia.
Joan Warren
Daughter
Born c. 1924.

Companions

Josephine Warren
Wife
Married in December 1918.

Bibliography