Nacio Herb Brown


Composer

About

Also Known As
Nacio Brown
Birth Place
Deming, New Mexico, USA
Born
February 22, 1896
Died
September 28, 1964

Biography

Made an initial splash with Hollywood's very early and very influential musical, the Oscar-winning "The Broadway Melody" (1929), and continued his successful union with MGM and lyricist Arthur Freed for many years thereafter....

Family & Companions

Anita Page
Wife
Actor. Married 1934; annulled.

Biography

Made an initial splash with Hollywood's very early and very influential musical, the Oscar-winning "The Broadway Melody" (1929), and continued his successful union with MGM and lyricist Arthur Freed for many years thereafter.

Filmography

 

Music (Feature Film)

Allied (2016)
Song
The Intern (2015)
Song
Minions (2015)
Song
Barney's Version (2010)
Song
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
Song
Planet 51 (2009)
Song
Lust, Caution (2007)
Song
We Own the Night (2007)
Song
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Song
The Bucket List (2007)
Song
Shrek the Third (2007)
Song
Robots (2005)
Music
Lost in Translation (2003)
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Shanghai Knights (2003)
Song
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Song
Wonder Boys (2000)
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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
Song
The Object of My Affection (1998)
Song
The Waterboy (1998)
Song
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Song
Godzilla (1998)
Song
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Song
Lolita (1997)
Song ("Temptation")
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Music
Noises Off (1992)
Song
What About Bob? (1991)
Song
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
Song
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Song
The Year My Voice Broke (1988)
Song
Die Hard (1988)
Song
The Slugger's Wife (1985)
Song
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
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Just a Gigolo (1978)
Song
Lucky Lady (1975)
Song ("All I Do Is Dream Of You")
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
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The Boy Friend (1971)
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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Doctor, You've Got To Be Kidding (1967)
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The Five Pennies (1959)
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Seven Hills of Rome (1958)
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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
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Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)
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With a Song in My Heart (1952)
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Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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Three Little Words (1950)
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Pagan Love Song (1950)
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Mother Didn't Tell Me (1950)
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The Kissing Bandit (1949)
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The Bribe (1949)
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A Woman's Secret (1949)
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You Were Meant for Me (1948)
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A Date with Judy (1948)
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On an Island with You (1948)
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The Gangster (1947)
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Holiday in Mexico (1946)
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Night Club Girl (1945)
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Song of the Sarong (1945)
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Eadie Was a Lady (1945)
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The Great Morgan (1945)
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Hi, Beautiful (1944)
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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
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Greenwich Village (1944)
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Swing Fever (1944)
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Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
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Wintertime (1943)
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Penny Serenade (1941)
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Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
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Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
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Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
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Babes in Arms (1939)
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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
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Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
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The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)
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After the Thin Man (1936)
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San Francisco (1936)
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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
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A Night at the Opera (1935)
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No More Ladies (1935)
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Hollywood Party (1934)
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Student Tour (1934)
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Sadie McKee (1934)
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Hide-Out (1934)
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Riptide (1934)
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Stage Mother (1933)
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Hold Your Man (1933)
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Going Hollywood (1933)
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Should Ladies Behave (1933)
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Peg O' My Heart (1933)
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The Barbarian (1933)
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Take a Chance (1933)
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A Woman Commands (1932)
Music Score
Speak Easily (1932)
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Rockabye (1932)
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A Woman Commands (1932)
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Millie (1931)
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One Heavenly Night (1931)
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Good News (1930)
Interpolations
Whoopee! (1930)
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Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
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Montana Moon (1930)
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Good News (1930)
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The Show of Shows (1929)
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Marianne (1929)
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Around the World Via Graf Zeppelin (1929)
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The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
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The Pagan (1929)
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The Broadway Melody (1929)
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Untamed (1929)
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Cast (Short)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Songwriters' Revue (1930)
Himself

Music (Short)

Hollywood Party (1937)
Music

Life Events

1929

First film as composer, "The Broadway Melody"

Videos

Movie Clip

Singin' In The Rain (1952) - All I Do Is Dream Of You The studio boss (Millard Mitchell) after a talking-picture demo, with Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) pal of star Don (Gene Kelly), who’s delighted to find snooty Cathy (Debbie Reynolds) doing a cheesecake gig, song by Nacio Herb Brown and producer Arthur Freed, bimbo Lina (Jean Hagen) getting pied, in Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Singin' In The Rain (1951) - Zelda's Kid Sister In the “Revolution In Hollywood” montage, Rita Moreno as “Zelda” in the cocktail shaker routine and the cutaways, with four Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed tunes, Jimmy Thompson the crooner, Debbie Reynolds with him as Kathy, Millard Mitchell the studio boss, Donald O’Connor as Cosmo, Tommy Farrell as Sid the A-D, in Singin’ In The Rain, 1951.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - Title Song The complete title song and dance, newly-enraptured Gene Kelly (also co-director with Stanley Donen and choreographer) as movie star Don Lockwood, tune by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Arthur Freed, in the Best Picture-winner made by his famed Freed Unit at MGM, Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Untamed (1929) - Chant Of The Jungle Joan Crawford in her first scene in her first talking feature, as tropic-raised "Bingo," with a song by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, and a provocative dance, in MGM's Untamed, 1929, also starring Robert Montgomery.
Peg O' My Heart (1933) - I'll Remember Only You Irish Peg (Marion Davies, title character) has just found out she’s heiress to an English fortune, and she’s about to travel to collect it but there’s time for a song with the townsfolk, by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, singers led by Donald Novis, in MGM’s Peg O’ My Heart, 1933.
Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1935) - Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' Broadway news hounds Jack Benny and Sid Silvers spying, Robert Taylor as a young producer tries his luck crooning to wealthy widow June Knight, Nick Long Jr. taking over as her dance partner, tune by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, high-tech number in MGM's Broadway Melody Of 1936, 1935.
Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1935) - Sing Before Breakfast The second piece of maybe the best bit in the movie, hoofers and new neighbors Ted and Sally (Buddy and sister Vilma Ebsen) with Broadway hopeful Irene (Eleanor Powell), reprising the song by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, in MGM's Broadway Melody Of 1936, 1935.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) - Alone Mickey Rooney as Andy is most un-interested in smitten Betsy (Judy Garland), friend from home-town Carmel, now in New York, selflessly helping him by renting a tux for his crazy pursuit of a society girl, song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, 1940.
Kissing Bandit, The (1948) - Tomorrow Means Romance First appearance of Kathryn Grayson as colonial California Spanish girls’ school graduate Teresa, song by Nacio Herb Brown, Earl Brent and Edward Heyman, early in MGM’s comedy-musical The Kissing Bandit,1948, also starring Frank Sinatra.
Kissing Bandit, The (1948) - What's Wrong With Me? Young Teresa (Kathryn Grayson) is pouting because the notorious, but actually novice, title character (Frank Sinatra as Ricardo) failed to romance her in his bungled first robbery, and they share a song by Nacio Herb Brown, Earl Brent and Edward Heyman, in The Kissing Bandit, 1948.
Dancing Lady (1933) - Get A Load Of Park Avenue In a Broadway burlesque theater, affluent Tod (Franchot Tone) and pals catch the act featuring Rosette (Winnie Lightner, song by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed), Janie (Joan Crawford, then Mrs. Tone) among her hotties, then a raid, opening Dancing Lady, 1933, co-starring Clark Gable.
Penny Serenade (1941) - You Were Meant For Me Continuing from the opening, a skipping recording of Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed's "You Were Meant for Me" by Johnny Johnston reminds Julie (Irene Dunne) of meeting Roger (Cary Grant) for the first time, in George Stevens' Penny Serenade, 1941.

Trailer

Stage Mother - (Original Trailer) Maureen O'Sullivan's mother will sacrifice anything, even her daughter if it will make her a star in Stage Mother (1933).
Should Ladies Behave - (Original Trailer) A young girl (Mary Carlisle) falls for her aunt's lover (Lionel Barrymore) in Should Ladies Behave (1933).
Broadway Melody of 1936 - (Original Trailer) A Broadway columnist tries to use an innocent dancer to frame a producer in Broadway Melody of 1936 starring Jack Benny & Eleanor Powell.
Little Nellie Kelly - (Original Trailer) The daughter of Irish immigrants patches up differences between her father and grandfather in Little Nellie Kelly (1940), starring Judy Garland.
Riptide - (Original Trailer) In her last pre-code movie, Norma Shearer plays a chorus girl who weds a British lord then falls for an old flame in Riptide (1934).
Date With Judy, A - (Original Trailer) Robert Stack and Elizabeth Taylor are the non-singing romantic leads, in the expansive MGM musical comedy A Date With Judy, also starring Jane Powell, Carmen Miranda and Wallace Beery.
Peg O' My Heart - (Original Trailer) Marion Davies is a spunky Irish girl who inherits a place in a British estate in Peg O' My Heart (1933).
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry - (Original Trailer) When young jockey Mickey Rooney is banned from racing, Judy Garland rides to the rescue in their first screen pairing, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937).
Going Hollywood - (Original Trailer) Bing Crosby is a radio crooner who is Going Hollywood (1933) with Marion Davies hot on his trail in a musical directed by Raoul Walsh.

Family

Nacio Herb Brown Jr
Son
Music publisher, manager. Died of cancer at age 74 on January 13, 2002.

Companions

Anita Page
Wife
Actor. Married 1934; annulled.

Bibliography