Al Dubin


Lyricist

About

Also Known As
Alexander Dubin
Birth Place
Switzerland
Born
June 10, 1891
Died
February 11, 1945
Cause of Death
Barbiturate Poisoning

Family & Companions

Helen McClay
Wife
Showgirl. Roman Catholic; married on March 19, 1921; had stormy relationship as Dubin was a gambler and drinker; divorced.
Edwina Coolidge
Wife
Actor. Married on February 23, 1943; divorced several months later.

Bibliography

"Lullaby of Broadway: Life and Times of Al Dubin"
P.D. McGuire (1983)
"The Art of Songwriting"
Al Dubin (1928)

Notes

He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.

Biography

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Go into Your Dance (1935)
Himself
A Very Honorable Guy (1934)
Al
42nd Street (1933)
Song writer

Music (Feature Film)

Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Song
Breaking In (2018)
Song
Broken City (2013)
Song
Insidious (2011)
Song
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
Song
Happy Feet (2006)
Composer
CLICK (2006)
Song
Infamous (2006)
Song
Ask the Dust (2006)
Song
The White Countess (2005)
Song
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Composer
Evil Never Dies (2003)
Song
Enough (2002)
Song ("I Only Have Eyes For You")
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Song
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Song
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Song
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Song
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Song
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Song
In the Gloaming (1997)
Song
Out to Sea (1997)
Song
Mouse Hunt (1997)
Song
Booty Call (1997)
Song
My Fellow Americans (1996)
Song
Swingers (1996)
Song
Miami Rhapsody (1995)
Song
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Song
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Song
Life with Mikey (1993)
Song
Heart and Souls (1993)
Song
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Song
Noises Off (1992)
Song
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Song
One Good Cop (1991)
Song
My Girl (1991)
Song
For the Boys (1991)
Song
Q&A (1990)
Song
The Freshman (1990)
Song
Betsy's Wedding (1990)
Song
Coupe de Ville (1990)
Song
Goodfellas (1990)
Song
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Song ("We'Re In The Money")
Aloha Summer (1988)
Song
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Song ("September In The Rain")
Radio Days (1987)
Song
Not For Publication (1984)
Song ("You'Re Getting To Be A Habit With Me")
Phar Lap (1983)
Song ("Painting The Clouds With Sunshine")
Heart Like A Wheel (1983)
Song
Death Hunt (1981)
Song ("For You")
The Lady in Red (1979)
Song
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Song
The Eddie Cantor Story (1954)
Composer
Money from Home (1954)
Composer
The Jazz Singer (1953)
Composer
So This Is Love (1953)
Composer
She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
Composer
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
Composer
Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
Composer
Jolson Sings Again (1950)
Composer
Tea for Two (1950)
Composer
My Dream Is Yours (1949)
Composer
Feudin', Fussin and A-Fightin' (1948)
Composer
The Jolson Story (1947)
Composer
The Road to Hollywood (1947)
Composer
Margie (1946)
Composer
Brewster's Millions (1945)
Composer
The Human Comedy (1943)
Composer
Murder on the Waterfront (1943)
Composer
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
Composer
Las Vegas Nights--"The Last Frontier Town" (1941)
Composer
A Shot in the Dark (1941)
Composer
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
Composer
Garden of the Moon (1938)
Composer
Marked Woman (1937)
Composer
San Quentin (1937)
Composer
Sing Me a Love Song (1937)
Composer
Melody for Two (1937)
Composer
The Singing Marine (1937)
Composer
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
Composer
Colleen (1936)
Composer
Cain and Mabel (1936)
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Hearts Divided (1936)
Composer
Sons O' Guns (1936)
Composer
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
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Broadway Gondolier (1935)
Composer
Go into Your Dance (1935)
Composer
Page Miss Glory (1935)
Composer
Shipmates Forever (1935)
Composer
Sweet Music (1935)
Composer
Stars over Broadway (1935)
Composer
Living on Velvet (1935)
Composer
We're in the Money (1935)
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In Caliente (1935)
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Dames (1934)
Composer
Wonder Bar (1934)
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She Had to Choose (1934)
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Moulin Rouge (1934)
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Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
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Footlight Parade (1933)
Composer
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
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Roman Scandals (1933)
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42nd Street (1933)
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Crooner (1932)
Composer
Safe in Hell (1931)
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Her Majesty Love (1931)
Composer
Dancing Sweeties (1930)
Composer
The Cuckoos (1930)
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Big Boy (1930)
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Hold Everything (1930)
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Oh Sailor, Behave (1930)
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She Couldn't Say No (1930)
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Bride of the Regiment (1930)
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Top Speed (1930)
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The Show of Shows (1929)
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Little Johnny Jones (1929)
Composer
The Cock-Eyed World (1929)
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Evidence (1929)
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Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)
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Hearts in Exile (1929)
Composer
Sally (1929)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The English Patient (1996)
Other

Music (Special)

The Sunset Gang (1991)
Song
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1989)
Song

Cast (Short)

An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)
Himself

Music (Short)

Three Cheers for the Girls (1943)
Music Lyrics

Life Events

1896

Family moved from Switzerland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1909

First two songs, "Prairie Rose" and "Sunray" published

1911

Teamed with composer Joe Burke; moved to NYC

1917

Had first hit song, "All the World Will Be Jealous of Me" (music by Ernest R. Ball)

1917

Served in US Army during WWI; was exposed to mustard gas and suffered permanent lung damage

1921

First song interpolated into a Broadway production, "Sundown Brings Back Memories of You"; used in "Greenwich Village Follies of 1921"; also wrote special material for the show

1927

First complete Broadway score, written in collaboration with composer Fred Coots, "White Lights"; ran for only 35 performances

1929

Reunited with Joe Burke to write the songs (including "Tiptoe Through the Tulips") for the early Technicolor film "Gold Diggers of Broadway"

1930

With Burke, wrote songs for the films "She Couldn't Say No" and "Hold Everything"

1933

Again teamed with Warren for both "Footlight Parade" and "Gold Diggers of 1933"

1933

First collaboration with composer Harry Warren, the now classic backstage musical "42nd Street"

1934

With Warren, wrote the now classic song "I Only Have Eyes for You", used in "Dames"

1935

Won Best Song Academy Award for "Lullaby of Broadway" from the film "Gold Diggers of 1935"

1937

Received second Oscar nomination for the song "Remember Me?" from "Mr. Dodd Takes the Air"

1938

Last collaborations with Warren, "Gold Diggers Go to Paris" and "Garden of the Moon"

1940

Put lyrics to an instrumental by Victor Herbert and enjoyed a hit song with "Indian Summer", recorded by Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra

1943

Received third Academy Award nomination for the song "We Mustn't Say Goodbye" (music by James Monaco) used in the film "Stage Door Canteen"

1980

Stage version of "42nd Street" (interpolating songs by Warren and Dubin) opened and won that year's Tony Award as Best Musical

2001

Revival of "42nd Street" produced on Broadway

Videos

Movie Clip

Blessed Event (1932) - How Can You Say No? Often mentioned but seen now for the first time 30-minutes into the picture, Dick Powell as radio band-leader Bunny Harmon, the frequent target and general enemy of gossip columnist Alvin (Lee Tracy) offers a tune by Joseph Burke, Al Dubin and Irving Kahal, then an insult as he hands off to Alvin, who counters, in Warner Bros.’ Blessed Event, 1932.
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 1937 (1936) - Life Insurance Song From director Lloyd Bacon and Warner Bros., opening with William Davidson as the insurance big-wig pulling bons vivants Rosmer (Dick Powell) and sidekick Oglethorpe (Lee Dixon) to the Atlantic City convention stage for a nutty original by Harold Arlen and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, in Gold Diggers Of 1937, 1936, also starring Glenda Farrell and Joan Blondell.
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.
Gold Diggers Of 1935 (1935) - I'm Goin' Shoppin' With You Dick Powell as med-student and summer bellhop “Dick” with Gloria Stuart as semi-debutante Ann, just hired to escort her on shopping and other business, song by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, Busby Berkeley directing, in Warner Bros.’ Gold Diggers Of 1935, 1935.
42nd Street -- I'm Young And Healthy Billy Lawler (Dick Powell) sings "I'm Young and Healthy," another Al Dubin/Harry Warren original, from Warner Bros.' musical within the musical 42nd Street (1933) choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
Human Comedy, The (1943) - All The World Will Be Jealous Contemporary San Joaquin Valley, Ca., we meet neighbor Mary (Dorothy Morris) and teen sister Bess (Donna Reed), with her mom Katie (Fay Bainter) playing harp and explaining to youngest Ulysses (Jack Jenkins) about his late father, in the MGM William Saroyan tear-jerker The Human Comedy, 1943.
Gold Diggers In Paris (1938) - I Wanna Go Back To Bali A montage from Paris where a committee wants an American ballet troupe, to Manhattan’s Club Ballè, where Rudy Vallee’s band appears with a winning shot of his navy cap and a Harry Warren/Al Dubin original, in the last of the Warner Bros. franchise, Gold Diggers In Paris, 1938.
Gold Diggers of 1933 - We're In the Money Opening credits and Busby Berkeley's "We're In The Money" (by Al Dubin and Harry Warren) number, featuring Ginger Rogers, into director Mervyn Leroy's Broadway backstage milieu, from Gold Diggers of 1933.
Gold Diggers of 1933 - Forgotten Man Busby Berkeley's epic staging of "Remember My Forgotten Man" by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, featuring a dubbed Joan Blondell (the street-walker) and singer Etta Moten (who sang the whole track), the climax of Warner Bros. Gold Diggers of 1933.
Dames (1934) - I Only Have Eyes For You A portion of the sizable Busby Berkeley number introducing the Harry Warren and Al Dubin standard written for the film, Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler the enraptured couple, worth noting this is all supposed to be happening on a musical theater stage, in Warner Bros.’ Dames, 1934.

Family

Simon Dubin
Father
Gynecologist.
Minna Dubin
Mother
Chemist.
Marie
Step-Daughter
From McClay's first marriage.
Patricia Dubin
Daughter
Born on November 26, 1922.

Companions

Helen McClay
Wife
Showgirl. Roman Catholic; married on March 19, 1921; had stormy relationship as Dubin was a gambler and drinker; divorced.
Edwina Coolidge
Wife
Actor. Married on February 23, 1943; divorced several months later.

Bibliography

"Lullaby of Broadway: Life and Times of Al Dubin"
P.D. McGuire (1983)
"The Art of Songwriting"
Al Dubin (1928)

Notes

He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.