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After graduating from NYU, Saul Chaplin teamed with lyricist Sammy Cahn and wrote songs for vaudeville. By the late 1930s, the team was producing a series of musical shorts at Vitaphone. Among their more successful tunes were "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" (1938) and "Please Be Kind" (1938). Cahn and Chaplin penned English lyrics to the Yiddish musical comedy number "Bei Meir Bist Du Schon" and the 1937 Andrews Sisters recording was a million-seller.
It was only a matter of time before the movies came calling and Chaplin joined the ranks of composers under contract with Columbia Pictures in the late 1930s where he worked on such efforts as "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round" (1937) and "Meet Me on Broadway" (1946). When he moved to MGM in 1948, Chaplin flourished as a music arranger. He went on to score a number of lush-sounding classic film musicals ranging from "On the Town" (1949) to his Oscar-winning work (usually in tandem with Johnny Green) on "An American in Paris" (1951), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) and "West Side Story" (1961). He segued to production beginning with 1957's "Les Girls" and went on to amass credits for "Can-Can" (1960), "The Sound of Music" (1965) and "Man of La Mancha" (1972). He also produced the unsuccessful Gertrude Lawrence biopic "Star!" (1968) and the compilation film "That's Entertainment, Part 2" (1974).
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Teamed with lyricist Sammy Cahn as songwriter for stage and vaudeville
Joined Columbia Pictures
Collaborated with Al Jolson on "The Anniversary Song", a million-seller
Moved to MGM
Shared first Oscar for adapting the Gershin score to "An American in Paris"
Nominated for an Academy Award for his adaptation of the Cole Porter score to "Kiss Me, Kate"
Won second Oscar (shared with Adolph Deutsch) for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
With Johnny Green, received Academy Award nod for "High Society"
First film as associate producer, "Les Girls"
Shared a third Oscar for adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score to "West Side Story"
First film as producer, "Star!"
Last film as producer, "That's Entertainment, Part 2"