Roger Edens


Composer

About

Also Known As
Rollins Edens
Birth Place
Hillsboro, Texas, USA
Born
November 09, 1905
Died
July 13, 1970

Biography

Oscar-winning Roger Edens was an unequivocal star of his craft. He followed this honor with songs in "Babes on Broadway" (1941) with Mickey Rooney, the comedy adaptation "Good News" (1947) with June Allyson and the adaptation "On the Town" (1949) with Gene Kelly. Edens won an Academy Award for "Strike Up the Band" in 1940. In the fifties and the sixties, Edens devoted his time to vari...

Family & Companions

Leonard Gershe
Companion
Screenwriter, playwright.

Biography

Oscar-winning Roger Edens was an unequivocal star of his craft. He followed this honor with songs in "Babes on Broadway" (1941) with Mickey Rooney, the comedy adaptation "Good News" (1947) with June Allyson and the adaptation "On the Town" (1949) with Gene Kelly. Edens won an Academy Award for "Strike Up the Band" in 1940. In the fifties and the sixties, Edens devoted his time to various credits, such as "Deep in My Heart" with Jose Ferrer (1954), "Invitation to the Dance" with Igor Youskevitch (1956) and "Funny Face" with Audrey Hepburn (1957). He also worked on "Pepe" (1960) and "Billy Rose's Jumbo" (1962). Edens's music was also featured in the Robert Lindsay musical comedy "Bert Rigby, You're a Fool" (1989) and "That's Entertainment! III" (1994) starring June Allyson. Edens was most recently credited in "Celebrating the Green: The History of Saint Patrick's Day" (History, 2000-01). Edens passed away in July 1970 at the age of 65.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Clock (1945)
Piano player

Producer (Feature Film)

Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Associate Producer
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Associate Producer
Jumbo (1962)
Associate Producer
Funny Face (1957)
Producer
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Producer
The Band Wagon (1953)
Associate Producer
On the Town (1949)
Associate Producer
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Associate Producer
Good News (1947)
Associate Producer
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Associate Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Quiet American (2002)
Composer
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Song
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
Song
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Music Arrangement
Pepe (1961)
"Pepe" and "Mimi" Special material and routines by
Funny Face (1957)
Composer
Invitation to the Dance (1956)
Composer
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Composer
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Composer
A Star Is Born (1954)
Composer
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Composer
The Belle of New York (1952)
Composer
On the Town (1949)
Composer
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Composer
Easter Parade (1948)
Music Score
Boarding House Blues (1948)
Composer
Good News (1947)
Composer
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Music Adapted
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Composer
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Music Adapted
Thousands Cheer (1944)
Composer
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Music Adapted
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Music Adapted
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
Music Adapted
Girl Crazy (1943)
Music Adapted
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
Composer
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Composer
Panama Hattie (1942)
Music Adapted
Babes on Broadway (1942)
Music Adapted
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Music Adapted
Babes on Broadway (1942)
Composer
Panama Hattie (1942)
Composer
Kathleen (1942)
Composer
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)
Composer
Lady Be Good (1941)
Composer
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Composer
Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
Music Adapted
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Music Arrangement
Forty Little Mothers (1940)
Arrangements
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
Music Arrangement
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Composer
Go West (1940)
Composer
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
Composer
Strike Up the Band (1940)
Composer
Babes in Arms (1939)
Music Adapted
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
Special Music score and finale
Society Lawyer (1939)
Music Director
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Pre-recording Supervisor
Everybody Sing (1938)
Music interpolations and vocal Arrangements
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Vocal arrangements by
Listen, Darling (1938)
Music Arrangements by
Vivacious Lady (1938)
Composer
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Composer
A Day at the Races (1937)
Music Arrangement
Rosalie (1937)
Music Arrangement
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Music Arrangement
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Composer
Born to Dance (1936)
Music Arrangement
Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
Arrangements
Take a Chance (1933)
Composer

Producer (Special)

Merman on Broadway (1959)
Producer

Music (Special)

Celebrating the Green: The History of Saint Patrick's Day (2001)
Song
Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992)
Song

Cast (Short)

The Story of a Dress (1964)
Himself

Life Events

1933

Hired as a composer for Ethel Merman's films at Paramount

1935

Hired as a music supervisor at MGM

Videos

Movie Clip

Singin' In The Rain (1952) - Moses Supposes Silent star Don (co-director and choreographer Gene Kelly) with diction coach (Robert Watson), joined by musical partner Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) for the flat-out athletic tap number to the song by Roger Edens, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, a rousing bit from Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Good News (1947) - French Lesson Tait College football star Tommy (Peter Lawford) at the library meets hard working student Connie (June Allyson), who helps him learn French to woo another girl, with a Comden & Green specialty number, in Good News, 1947.
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.
Funny Face (1957) - I Rather Feel Like Expressing Myself (Basal Metabolism) Continuing their philosophical dispute, now in a Paris cafe, Fred Astaire as fashion photographer Dick and Audrey Hepburn as bookish recruited model Jo introduce her solo dance, with contributions from Astaire, director Stanley Donen and choreographer Eugene Loring, in Funny Face, 1957.
Funny Face (1957) - Let's Kiss And Make Up After a minor dispute, in Paris, between Fred Astaire as photographer Dick and Audrey Hepburn as reluctant model Jo, director Stanley Donen finishes the song by George & Ira Gershwin and Fred solos, in Paramount’s Funny Face, 1957.
Funny Face (1957) - You're Anna Karenina Photographer Dick (Fred Astaire) has finally got his model (Audrey Hepburn as literature-oriented Jo) to Paris and begins coaching her, director Stanley Donen shooting on location at Gare du Nord, Opera Garnier, the Seine and Latona Fountain, Versailles, in Funny Face, 1957.
Tender Comrade (1943) - You Made Me Love You Speedy path to a flashback getting top-billed Ginger Rogers, as Southern California wartime factory gal Jo, into a sexy outfit (with three, maybe four-inch heels in the back yard!), recalling the proposal by now-deployed Chris (Robert Ryan), in the home-front drama Tender Comrade. 1943.
Band Wagon, The (1953) - That's Entertainment Bloviating director Cordova (Jack Buchanan) has just fallen from a platform while making his point, which he continues for Lester & Lily (Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray) and Tony (Fred Astaire), a now-famous tune by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, in Vincente Minnelli's The Band Wagon, 1953.
Band Wagon, The (1953) - Dancing In The Dark Ballerina Gaby (Cyd Charisse) and comeback-track movie star Tony (Fred Astaire) have suddenly warmed to each other, strolling in Central Park into "Dancing In The Dark," by Arthur Schwartz, choreographed by Michael Kidd, in The Band Wagon, 1953.
Band Wagon, The (1953) - A Shine On Your Shoes Faded movie star Tony (Fred Astaire) hanging in a Manhattan arcade, kicks into a famous number, Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz's "A Shine On Your Shoes," choreography by Michael Kidd, Leroy Daniels featured, in The Band Wagon, 1953.
Funny Face (1957) - She's A Thinker Having difficulty making their model (Dovima) look brainy, fashion editor Maggie (Kay Thompson) and photographer Dick (Fred Astaire) seize a Greenwich Village bookstore, finding co-star Audrey Hepburn as clerk Jo, early in director Stanley Donen’s Funny Face, 1957.
Funny Face (1957) - Title Song Fred Astaire (as fashion photographer Dick Avery, based on Richard Avedon) is in the dark room explaining to bookish Jo (Audrey Hepburn, title character) why he wants to take her to Paris to be photographed, song from the original George & Ira Gershwin 1927 musical, in Funny Face. 1957.

Family

Edward Edens
Father
Cotton salesman.
Grace Edens
Mother

Companions

Leonard Gershe
Companion
Screenwriter, playwright.

Bibliography