B. G. Desylva


Biography

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

The Stork Club (1945)
Screenwriter
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
Contract Writer
Born to Dance (1936)
Story
Bottoms Up (1934)
Story and Screenplay
Have a Heart (1934)
Story
My Weakness (1933)
Story and dial
Stepping Sisters (1932)
Contract Writer
Indiscreet (1931)
[Wrt] by
Just Imagine (1930)
Story
Just Imagine (1930)
Dial
Sunnyside Up (1929)
Dial
Sunnyside Up (1929)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Road to Utopia (1946)
Executive Producer
Two Years Before the Mast (1946)
Executive Producer
The Unseen (1945)
Executive Producer
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
Executive Producer
The Stork Club (1945)
Presented By
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
Executive Producer
Going My Way (1944)
Executive Producer
Practically Yours (1944)
Executive Producer
Ministry of Fear (1944)
Executive Producer
Lady in the Dark (1944)
Producer
And the Angels Sing (1944)
Executive Producer
And Now Tomorrow (1944)
Producer
Till We Meet Again (1944)
Executive Producer
Standing Room Only (1944)
Executive Producer
Frenchman's Creek (1944)
Executive Producer
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
Executive Producer
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Executive Producer
Double Indemnity (1944)
Executive Producer
I Love a Soldier (1944)
Executive Producer
The Great Moment (1944)
Executive Producer
Rainbow Island (1944)
Executive Producer
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
Executive Producer
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944)
Executive Producer
The Uninvited (1944)
Executive Producer
The Hitler Gang (1944)
Executive Producer
The Crystal Ball (1943)
Producer
Dixie (1943)
Executive Producer
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Executive Producer
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Executive Producer
True to Life (1943)
Executive Producer
Happy Go Lucky (1943)
Executive Producer
Hostages (1943)
Executive Producer
Let's Face It (1943)
Executive Producer
No Time for Love (1943)
Executive Producer
Riding High (1943)
Executive Producer
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Executive Producer
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Executive Producer
Wake Island (1942)
Executive Producer
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942)
Executive Producer
The Forest Rangers (1942)
Executive Producer
The Glass Key (1942)
Executive Producer
The Fleet's In (1942)
Executive Producer
The Lady Has Plans (1942)
Executive Producer
Road to Morocco (1942)
Executive Producer
My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Executive Producer
I Married a Witch (1942)
Executive Producer
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Executive Producer
Take a Letter, Darling (1942)
Executive Producer
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
Executive Producer
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Executive Producer
Sullivan's Travels (1942)
Executive Producer
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
Executive Producer
Caught in the Draft (1941)
Producer
Birth of the Blues (1941)
Producer
Louisiana Purchase (1941)
Executive Producer
Bachelor Mother (1939)
Producer
The Rage of Paris (1938)
Producer
Merry-Go-Round of 1938 (1937)
Associate Producer
You're a Sweetheart (1937)
Producer
Sing, Baby, Sing (1936)
Associate Producer
Captain January (1936)
Producer
Ladies in Love (1936)
Associate Producer
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
Associate Producer
Stowaway (1936)
Associate Producer
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Associate Producer
Bottoms Up (1934)
Producer
Just Imagine (1930)
Associate Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Song
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
Music Composer
Wonder Wheel (2017)
Music Composer
Molly's Game (2017)
Song
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Song
Fort McCoy (2014)
Song
The Rite (2011)
Song
Marmaduke (2010)
Song
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
Song
The Water Horse (2007)
Song
FUN WITH DICK AND JANE (2005)
Song
The White Countess (2005)
Song
The Aviator (2004)
Composer
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Song
Loser (2000)
Song
The End of the Affair (1999)
Song
Buena Vista Social Club (1998)
Song
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Song
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Song
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Song
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Song
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Music
Roger & Me (1989)
Song
Beaches (1988)
Song
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
Song
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Song
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Song
Lucky Lady (1975)
Song If I Had A Talking Picture Of You (")
Star! (1968)
Composer
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Composer
Senior Prom (1959)
Composer
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Composer
The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
Composer
Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956)
Composer
The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)
Composer
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Composer
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
Composer
The Eddie Cantor Story (1954)
Composer
A Star Is Born (1954)
Composer
The Jazz Singer (1953)
Composer
Somebody Loves Me (1952)
Composer
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
Composer
Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
Composer
Hunt the Man Down (1951)
Composer
I'll Get By (1950)
Composer
Love That Brute (1950)
Composer
You're My Everything (1949)
Composer
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)
Composer
Bill and Coo (1948)
Composer
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Composer
Margie (1946)
Composer
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Composer
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Composer
Pillow to Post (1945)
Composer
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Composer
Blonde from Brooklyn (1945)
Composer
Since You Went Away (1944)
Composer
Show Business (1944)
Composer
Broadway (1942)
Composer
Birth of the Blues (1941)
Composer
The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Composer
Hollywood Hotel (1938)
Composer
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Composer
Music Is Magic (1935)
Composer
Take a Chance (1933)
Composer
Flying High (1931)
Composer
Just Imagine (1930)
Composer
Follow the Leader (1930)
Composer
Follow Thru (1930)
Composer
Queen High (1930)
Composer
The Big Pond (1930)
Composer
Good News (1930)
Composer
Lucky Boy (1929)
Composer
In Old Arizona (1929)
Composer
Sally (1929)
Composer
Say It with Songs (1929)
Composer
Sunnyside Up (1929)
Composer
The Singing Fool (1928)
Composer

Music (Special)

Michael Feinstein & Friends (1991)
Song
Harry Connick, Jr. & His Orchestra: Swinging Out With Harry (1990)
Song

Misc. Crew (Special)

Panama Hattie (1954)
Libretto

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Bachelor Mother (1939) - Pay The Fiddler, Man! Department store scion David (David Niven) ambushes employee Polly (Ginger Rogers), just home from a dance contest, whom he wrongly thinks is the mother of a baby left in his custody, causing her to change tactics on the fly, early in RKO's Bachelor Mother, 1939.
This Gun For Hire (1942) - Are You That Broke? Boyfriend cop Mike (Robert Preston) seeing off singing magician and under-cover operative Ellen (Veronica Lake), who by chance meets Alan Ladd (as fugitive "Raven,") their first scene in their first movie together, in This Gun For Hire, 1942.
Good News (1947) - He's A Ladies Man After practice, inexplicably British football jock Tommy (Peter Lawford) leads Bobby (Ray McDonald), Danny (Mel Torme) and pals in a Buddy DeSylva tune about how to attract girls, in the Arthur Freed MGM musical Good News, 1947.
Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, The (1944) - The Bell In The Bay Writer-director Preston Sturges introduces both his leads, Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker in a famous bit, with a song composed by Sturges, entertaining soldiers about to deploy, and Eddie Bracken as dejected, service-ineligible Norval, in the landmark home-front comedy, The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, 1944.
Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, The (1944) - Swaffled Or Something! The morning after the soldier’s sendoff party, where Trudy (Betty Hutton) drank spiked lemonade and got bonked on the head, she picks up Norval (Eddie Bracken) who provided her alibi and loaned her his car, way later than they should be, concocting a story for her father, in writer-director Preston Sturges’ The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, 1944.
Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, The (1944) - Let's All Get Married! Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker is let loose in an action sequence by writer-director Preston Sturges, in the car borrowed from her 4-F boyfriend, all-in for the sendoff for the soldiers shipping out, to the church basement, the country club, then the juke joint, Len Hendry the soldier with the big idea, in The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, 1944.
Stowaway (1936) - He Growled At Me! Orphan Ching-Ching (Shirley Temple), who dozed off in a car that got loaded onto a liner departing Shanghai, winds up in the cabin of Susan (Alice Faye) and her mother-in-law to-be (Helen Westley), the captain (Robert Greig) calming nerves, in Stowaway, 1936, from producer Buddy DeSylva.
Stowaway (1936) - Goodnight, My Love Seems like the screenwriters maybe gave up, admitting that Alice Faye's solo ballad, by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon, just doesn't work with the story, as she fends off shipboard Romeo Robert Young, in the Shirley Temple vehicle Stowaway, 1936.
Stowaway (1936) - Greetings Ching Ching Having learned already that she's the orphan daughter of missionaries in China, and that a local warlord is rampaging, we meet "Ching Ching" (Shirley Temple) whom Sun Lo (Philip Ahn) has sworn to protect, in 20th Century-Fox's Stowaway, 1936, co-starring Robert Young and Alice Faye.
Stowaway (1936) - All Things Have Two Prices Ching-Ching (Shirley Temple), the orphan daughter of missionaries and now a refugee, forgotten by her negligent escort, wanders Shanghai seeking food for her dog, and meets benevolent American Tommy (Robert Young), his first scene in Stowaway, 1936.
Stowaway (1936) - You Gotta S-M-I-L-E At port in Hong Kong, enjoying a show with friends Tommy and Susan (Robert Young, Alice Faye), who are not (yet) a couple, orphan Ching-Ching (Shirley Temple, with a song by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon) reveals hidden talents, with impressions, in 20th Century-Fox's Stowaway, 1936.
Bachelor Mother (1939) - Women And Things Merlin (Charles Coburn), owner of the department store that just dismissed holiday-employee Ginger Rogers, and his heir (David Niven) are introduced, while the head of the foundling home (Ernest Truex), who believes she abandoned her baby, follows, in Bachelor Mother, 1939.

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