Saul Chaplin


Composer, Songwriter

About

Also Known As
Saul Kaplan
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
February 19, 1912
Died
November 15, 1997
Cause of Death
Complications From Injuries Sustained In A Fall

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

Betty Chaplin
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography

"The Golden Age of the Movie Musical and Me"
Saul Chaplin (1994)

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Musicals Great Musicals (1996)

Writer (Feature Film)

Rookies on Parade (1941)
Original Story

Producer (Feature Film)

That's Entertainment! II (1976)
Producer
Man of La Mancha (1972)
Associate Producer
Star! (1968)
Producer
The Sound of Music (1965)
Associate Producer
West Side Story (1961)
Associate Producer
Can-Can (1960)
Associate Producer
Merry Andrew (1958)
Associate Producer
Les Girls (1957)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Papillon (Remake) (2018)
Song
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2011)
Song
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Song
A Guy Thing (2003)
Song
The Crew (2000)
Song
Payback (1999)
Song
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Song
Blind Faith (1998)
Song
Nil By Mouth (1997)
Song ("Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means That You'Re Grand)")
Search and Destroy (1995)
Song
Search and Destroy (1995)
Song Performer
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Music
Swing Kids (1993)
Song
The Last Metro (1980)
Music
That's Entertainment! II (1976)
Theme Lyrics
Star! (1968)
Composer
I Could Go On Singing (1963)
Music Supervisor
West Side Story (1961)
Music Supervisor
Merry Andrew (1958)
Composer
Les Girls (1957)
Music Score
High Society (1956)
Music Supervisor and Adapted by
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Music Supervisor
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Music Supervisor
Interrupted Melody (1955)
Music Supervisor
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Composer
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Music Supervisor
Give a Girl a Break (1954)
Music Director
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Music Supervisor
Give a Girl a Break (1954)
Composer
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Music Director
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
Composer
Sombrero (1953)
Composer
Lovely To Look At (1952)
Music Director
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)
Composer
An American in Paris (1951)
Music Director
Saturday's Hero (1951)
Composer
Jolson Sings Again (1950)
Music adv
Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Vocal Arrangements
Summer Stock (1950)
Music Director
Jolson Sings Again (1950)
Composer
Summer Stock (1950)
Composer
On the Town (1949)
Vocal Arrangements
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948)
Composer
Trail to Laredo (1948)
Composer
The Jolson Story (1947)
Vocal Arrangements
Smoky River Serenade (1947)
Composer
Rose of Santa Rosa (1947)
Composer
The Jolson Story (1947)
Composer
Two Blondes and a Redhead (1947)
Composer
Tars and Spars (1946)
Music Arrangement
The Thrill of Brazil (1946)
Vocal Arrangements
It's Great to Be Young (1946)
Music Director
Betty Co-ed (1946)
Composer
The Desert Horseman (1946)
Composer
Cowboy Blues (1946)
Composer
Lone Star Moonlight (1946)
Composer
Meet Me on Broadway (1946)
Composer
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Vocal Arrangements
Ten Cents a Dance (1945)
Composer
Rough Ridin' Justice (1945)
Composer
Eadie Was a Lady (1945)
Composer
Rockin' in the Rockies (1945)
Composer
Leave It to Blondie (1945)
Composer
A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
Composer
Carolina Blues (1944)
Vocal Arrangements
Kansas City Kitty (1944)
Composer
Beautiful But Broke (1944)
Composer
Louisiana Hayride (1944)
Composer
Cowboy Canteen (1944)
Composer
She's a Sweetheart (1944)
Composer
Ever Since Venus (1944)
Composer
Crazy House (1943)
Composer
He's My Guy (1943)
Composer
Let's Have Fun (1943)
Composer
Redhead from Manhattan (1943)
Composer
She Has What It Takes (1943)
Composer
Two Senoritas from Chicago (1943)
Composer
What's Buzzin' Cousin? (1943)
Composer
Blondie Goes to College (1942)
Composer
Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)
Composer
Lucky Legs (1942)
Composer
Two Yanks in Trinidad (1942)
Composer
Go West, Young Lady (1941)
Composer
Rookies on Parade (1941)
Composer
Time Out for Rhythm (1941)
Composer
Sing for Your Supper (1941)
Composer
Honolulu Lu (1941)
Composer
Two Latins from Manhattan (1941)
Composer
Ladies Must Live (1940)
Composer
Argentine Nights (1940)
Composer
Love, Honor and Behave (1938)
Composer
Swing! (1938)
Composer
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)
Composer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Sombrero (1953)
Assistant to the prod
Down to Earth (1947)
Prod Arrangements

Cast (Special)

Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (1996)
You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (1990)

Producer (Special)

The Gene Kelly Pontiac Special (1959)
Associate Producer

Music (Short)

One for the Book (1940)
Music
The Knight Is Young (1938)
Music Composer
Ups and Downs (1937)
Music Composer
Script Girl (1937)
Music

Life Events

1933

Teamed with lyricist Sammy Cahn as songwriter for stage and vaudeville

1940

Joined Columbia Pictures

1947

Collaborated with Al Jolson on "The Anniversary Song", a million-seller

1948

Moved to MGM

1951

Shared first Oscar for adapting the Gershin score to "An American in Paris"

1953

Nominated for an Academy Award for his adaptation of the Cole Porter score to "Kiss Me, Kate"

1954

Won second Oscar (shared with Adolph Deutsch) for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

1956

With Johnny Green, received Academy Award nod for "High Society"

1957

First film as associate producer, "Les Girls"

1961

Shared a third Oscar for adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score to "West Side Story"

1967

First film as producer, "Star!"

1976

Last film as producer, "That's Entertainment, Part 2"

Photo Collections

High Society - Grace Kelly Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are several photos of Grace Kelly taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's High Society (1956), costarring Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and directed by Charles Walters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - Did Anyone Ever Tell You? Rollicking start, with Rosemary Lane belting a Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin original, Richard Lane her agent Mike at the bar with Harvard man Rudy Vallee, then fisticuffs when Princeton arrives, Allen Jenkins the piano player, in Columbia’s Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - The Boogie-Woogie Man Quite the novelty number, after a time-lapse montage in which Rudy Vallee and Richard Lane have become big-time agents, a number sung by Pee Wee Hunt, with the Glen Gray (Casa Loma) Band, composition by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin, Franz/Frank Planer on camera but no credit for special or photographic effects, in the Columbia variety vehicle Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - A-Twiddlin' My Thumbs Ann Miller, first-billed among many in a Columbia variety feature, crushes a Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin tune, dance by LeRoy Prinz, as the maid for a singer that agents Rudy Vallee and Allen Jenkins hope to lure back, in B>Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Les Girls (1957) - I've Seen You Dance Auditioning in Paris, Joanne (Mitzi Gaynor) and Sybil (Kay Kendall) are snarky and sweet as their boss Barry (Gene Kelly) hires French Angele (Tania Elg) for their act, in the first flashback, in George Cukor's loose adaptation of Vera Caspary's Idiot's Delight, Les Girls, 1957.
Thousand And One Nights, A (1945) - I Can't Believe My Eyes Highly decorative Columbia stars, Adele Jergens as princess Armina, attended by the model and WWII pin-up Ruth “Dusty” Anderson as Novira, (who would soon retire from pictures and become Mrs. Jean Negulesco), pursued by Cornel Wilde as Alladin, with another song (vocal by Tom Clark) by Saul Chaplin and Eddie de Lange, in A Thousand And One Nights, 1945.
Merry Andrew (1958) - Chin Up, Stout Fellow Public school teacher Andrew Larrabee (Danny Kaye) receives brothers Matthew (Noel Purcell) and Dudley (Robert Coote), who advise him to stand up to their father, his headmaster, their voices dubbed for the song by Saul Chaplin and Johnny Mercer, early in Merry Andrew, 1958.
Merry Andrew (1958) - Salud The Gallini circus family led by their patriarch (Salvatore Baccaloni) celebrates the upcoming marriage of Andrew (Danny Kaye) and their Selena (Pier Angeli), director Michael Kidd with choreography to a tune by Saul Chaplin and Johnny Mercer, in Merry Andrew, 1958.
Merry Andrew (1958) - Everything Is Tickety-Boo Now ebullient English public schoolmaster Andrew (Danny Kaye) has permission to resume his amateur archaeology, headed for Sussex with his theme song by Saul Chaplin and Johnny Mercer, spying Pier Angeli, her first appearance, in a makeshift shower, in Merry Andrew, 1958.
Sombrero (1953) - Gypsy Dance Maybe the high point in the quasi-Mexican romantic-drama-musical from producer Jack Cummings at MGM, Cyd Charisse as gypsy maiden Lola must purge a guilt complex before she can marry suitor Ruben (Rick Jason), with a Hermes Pan dance to a Saul Chaplin tune in a costume by Helen Rose, in Sombrero, 1953.

Trailer

High Society - (Trailer) High Society, 1956 Original theatrical trailer for High Society, 1956, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm, featuring original songs by Cole Porter.
On the Town - (Original Trailer) Three sailors wreck havoc during a whirlwind 24-hour shore leave in New York City in On the Town (1949) starring Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra.
Jolson Story, The - (Original Trailer) Larry Parks stars as the famous blackface performer of stage and screen, Al Jolson, in The Jolson Story (1947).
High Society promotional - (Original Trailer) Ed Sullivan and Bing Crosby introduce a special promotional trailer for the musical comedy.
Last Time I Saw Paris, The - (Original Trailer) A writer recalls his turbulent marriage to an expatriate heiress in The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), starring Elizabeth Taylor.
Can-Can - (Wide-release trailer) An ambitious judge tries to put a stop to the "forbidden dance" at a nightclub despite the protest of its owner in Can-Can (1960).
Merry Andrew - (Original Trailer) Danny Kaye is an archaeologist whose search for Roman treasure gets him mixed up with a circus troupe in Merry Andrew (1958).
Jupiter's Darling - (Original Trailer) Esther Williams' last MGM musical sent her to Ancient Rome as a senator's fiancee who falls for Hannibal and his elephants in Jupiter's Darling (1955).
Ladies Must Live - (Original Trailer) A country bumpkin tries to save his millionaire pal (Wayne Morris) from a gold-digging singer in Ladies Must Live (1940).
Les Girls - (Original Trailer) Three showgirls recall different versions of their time together touring Europe in Les Girls (1957), starring Gene Kelly.
Star! - (Original Trailer) Julie Andrews plays Gertrude Lawrence, Star! (1968) of London and Broadway in the 1920's.
I Could Go On Singing - (Original Trailer) An American singing star (Judy Garland) in London tries to reclaim the son she gave up for adoption in I Could Go On Singing (1963), co-starring Dirk Bogarde and directed by Ronald Neame.

Family

Judy Prince
Daughter
Survived him; married to producer, director Harold Prince.
Charles Prince
Grandson
Composer.
Daisy Prince
Granddaughter
Actor, director.

Companions

Betty Chaplin
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography

"The Golden Age of the Movie Musical and Me"
Saul Chaplin (1994)