Sammy Fain


Composer

About

Also Known As
Samuel Feinberg, Samuel Fain
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
June 17, 1902
Died
December 06, 1989
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Academy Award winner Sammy Fain built himself an incredible career as a musician. In 1928, he appeared in vaudeville with Artie Dunn. Fain began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the musical "Footlight Parade" (1933) with James Cagney, "Goin' to Town" (1935) and the Kathryn Grayson musical "Two Sisters From Boston" (1946). His music also appeared in "Peter...

Family & Companions

Sally Fox
Wife
Married in 1941; divorced in 1949.

Biography

Academy Award winner Sammy Fain built himself an incredible career as a musician. In 1928, he appeared in vaudeville with Artie Dunn. Fain began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the musical "Footlight Parade" (1933) with James Cagney, "Goin' to Town" (1935) and the Kathryn Grayson musical "Two Sisters From Boston" (1946). His music also appeared in "Peter Pan" (1953) and the Danny Thomas drama "The Jazz Singer" (1953). In addition to his music, Fain appeared in "Dames" (1934) with Joan Blondell. Fain was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "April Love" in 1957 as well as for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "A Certain Smile" in 1958. Fain won a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Calamity Jane" in 1953 as well as a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" in 1955. In the seventies, Fain's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Alejandro Rey drama "The Stepmother" (1972), the action picture "The Teacher" (1974) with Angel Tompkins and the thriller "The Parallax View" (1974) with Warren Beatty. His work was also in "The Specialist" (1975). Fain won an Academy Award for "The Stepmother" in 1972 Fain's music was most recently featured in the Angelina Jolie blockbuster family adventure "Maleficent" (2014). Fain passed away in December 1989 at the age of 87.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Dames (1934)
Songwriter, Buttercup Balmer
Harold Teen (1934)
Piano player

Music (Feature Film)

Joker (2019)
Song
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Song
The Shape of Water (2017)
Song
Blended (2014)
Song
Maleficent (2014)
Song
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)
Song
The Hangover (2009)
Song
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Song
Tinker Bell (2008)
Song
Slipstream (2007)
Song
We Own the Night (2007)
Song
Lady in the Water (2006)
Song
Rumor Has It... (2005)
Song
The Aviator (2004)
Composer
The Whole Ten Yards (2004)
Song
Bright Young Things (2004)
Song
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Song
Peter Pan: Return to Neverland (2002)
Song
The Good Girl (2002)
Song
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Composer
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
Song
The Story of Us (1999)
Song
Celebrity (1998)
Song
Hope Floats (1998)
Song
That Old Feeling (1997)
Song
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Song
The Grass Harp (1995)
Song
Radioland Murders (1994)
Song
Forrest Gump (1994)
Song
Women of Courage (1993)
Song
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Song
School Ties (1992)
Song
Shining Through (1992)
Song
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Song
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Song
Cookie (1989)
Song
New York Stories (1989)
Song
Radio Days (1987)
Song
Children Of A Lesser God (1986)
Song
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Songs ("Secret Love" "A Very Special Love")
Before Stonewall (1985)
Song
Racing With The Moon (1984)
Song
Shifshuf Naim (1981)
Song ("Love Is A Many Splendored Thing")
Raging Bull (1980)
Composer
Bad Timing (1980)
Song ("I'Ll Be Seeing You")
Heart Beat (1980)
Song
Just You And Me, Kid (1979)
Song
Yanks (1979)
Song
Grease (1978)
Song
The Rescuers (1977)
Song
The Specialist (1975)
Song
Dr. Minx (1975)
Song ("The Dark Side Of Love")
The Teacher (1974)
Song
The Parallax View (1974)
Song
Fuzz (1972)
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The Stepmother (1972)
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The Seven Minutes (1971)
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Mingus (1968)
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If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968)
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Made in Paris (1966)
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Joy in the Morning (1965)
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The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
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Island of Love (1963)
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Tender Is the Night (1962)
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Imitation of Life (1959)
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Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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The Big Circus (1959)
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A Certain Smile (1958)
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The Gift of Love (1958)
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Mardi Gras (1958)
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Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
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Man on Fire (1957)
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April Love (1957)
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Spring Reunion (1957)
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The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
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Hollywood or Bust (1956)
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Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)
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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
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Young at Heart (1954)
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Lucky Me (1954)
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Trouble Along the Way (1953)
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Calamity Jane (1953)
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The Jazz Singer (1953)
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Three Sailors and a Girl (1953)
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Peter Pan (1953)
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With a Song in My Heart (1952)
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The Mating Season (1951)
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Alice in Wonderland (1951)
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Call Me Mister (1951)
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Starlift (1951)
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Beyond the Purple Hills (1950)
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The Milkman (1950)
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House of Strangers (1949)
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Make Mine Laughs (1949)
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Three Daring Daughters (1948)
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Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)
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The Road to Hollywood (1947)
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The Unfinished Dance (1947)
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This Time for Keeps (1947)
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Holiday in Mexico (1946)
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No Leave, No Love (1946)
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Two Sisters from Boston (1946)
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Thrill of a Romance (1945)
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George White's Scandals (1945)
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See My Lawyer (1945)
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Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
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Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
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Swing Fever (1944)
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Lost in a Harem (1944)
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I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
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Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)
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Meet the People (1944)
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The Singing Hill (1941)
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Conspiracy (1939)
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Tarnished Angel (1938)
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Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 (1937)
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New Faces of 1937 (1937)
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Sweet Music (1935)
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'G' Men (1935)
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Goin' to Town (1935)
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Mandalay (1934)
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Harold Teen (1934)
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Dames (1934)
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Strictly Dynamite (1934)
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Happiness Ahead (1934)
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Fashions of 1934 (1934)
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Gentlemen Are Born (1934)
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Here Comes the Navy (1934)
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Footlight Parade (1933)
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Moonlight and Pretzels (1933)
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College Coach (1933)
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Monkey Business (1931)
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With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)
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The Big Pond (1930)
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La grande mare (1930)
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Laughter (1930)
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Young Man of Manhattan (1930)
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Follow the Leader (1930)
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Dangerous Nan McGrew (1930)
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It's a Great Life (1929)
Composer

Cast (Special)

The Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap (1987)
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 (1972)

Music (Special)

Michael Feinstein & Friends (1991)
Song

Cast (Short)

Hollywood Newsreel (1934)
Himself

Music (Short)

What, No Men? (1934)
Music

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Gary Larson's Tales From the Far Side (1994)
Song

Life Events

1928

Appeared in vaudeville with Artie Dunn

1930

First contribution to feature score, "Young Man of Manhattan"

1931

Broadway debut as composer, "Everybody's Welcome"

1934

Feature acting debut, "Buttercup"

Videos

Movie Clip

Swing Fever (1943) - You're So Indifferent Kay Kyser introduces the song, Lena Horne as herself, with You're So Indifferent, by Sammy Fain and Mitchell Parish, edited so that it could be removed by theater owners in the South, as was MGM's regular practice at the time, in Swing Fever, 1943.
Fashions Of 1934 (1934) - Spin A Little Web Of Dreams Nearly an hour into the picture and finally the big (and only) Busby Berkeley number, Verree Teasdale’s song, by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, introduces a feather and fashion-based production, gowns per usual by Orry-Kelly, in Warner Bros.’ Fashions Of 1934, 1934, starring William Powell and Bette Davis.
Dames (1934) - We're Thirteenth Cousins Kooky moral-crusader zillionaire Ounce (Hugh Herbert) and aide (Johnny Arthur) advise cousin Hemingway (Guy Kibbee) that his daughter (Ruby Keeler) must avoid cousin Jimmy (Dick Powell) if they want that inheritance, which she isn’t, song by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, early in Dames, 1934.
Footlight Parade (1933) - Sittin' On A Backyard Fence Emergency lead Bea (Ruby Keeler) rehearsing in the cat-suit, the first Busby Berkeley number, Billy Barty as the mouse, song by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, singer Scotty (Dick Powell) still pursuing the star, in Warner Bros.' Footlight Parade, 1933.
Footlight Parade (1933) - By A Waterfall Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler started this, with vocals from the Sammy Fain-Irving Kahal tune, joining for the climax of the Busby Berkeley aqua-musical number, producer James Cagney and adoring assistant Joan Blondell checking to see how it goes over, in Warner Bros.’ Footlight Parade, 1933.
Calamity Jane (1953) - Deadwood Stage Full throttle opening, original tune by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, Chubby Johnson is the driver and Howard Keel appears as Wild Bill but all are spectators to the star, Doris Day in the title role in the 1953 Warner Bros. hit Calamity Jane.
Calamity Jane (1953) - Secret Love Having replaced her rough buckskins with a softer cleaner set, with a new hairdo and Joel McCrea's horse, which he loaned to her for the picture, Doris Day (title character) offers the Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster original that became one of her signature songs, in Calamity Jane, 1953.
Happiness Ahead (1934) - Title Tune, Opening Director Mervyn LeRoy leaps in with leading man Dick Powell and the title tune by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, then the always handy First National/Warner Bros. style character credits, and a clever segue to Olaf Hytten as the butler, Ruth Donnelly a maid and Allen Jenkins the chauffeur, in Happiness Ahead, 1934.
George White's Scandals (1945) - It's You Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and John Wayne and others are edited into Joan Davis and Jack Haley's high-tech performance of "I Wake Up In The Morning It's You" by Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain in George White's Scandals, 1945.
George White's Scandals (1945) - Opening, Krupa Opening title sequence for George White's Scandals, 1945, followed by Patti Nelson singing "How Did You Get Out of My Dreams" by Jack Yellen and Sammy Fain, and Gene Krupa drumming and M-C'ing.
Lucky Me (1954) - High Hopes Out of work and forced to take hotel kitchen jobs, song and dance team Candy, Flo, Duke and Hap (Doris Day, Nancy Walker, Phil Silvers and Eddie Foy Jr.,) with a number by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, Leroy Prinz with choreography, in the Warner Bros. musical Lucky Me, 1954.
Lucky Me (1954) - Sing Like An Angel Doris Day as showgirl "Candy," tune by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, pitching for composer boyfriend Brad (Robert Cummings) to financier Thayer (Bill Goodwin), the brunette extra in evening gown, jacket and gloves Angie Dickinson, in her first movie scene, Warner Bros. Lucky Me, 1954.

Trailer

Family

Frank Fain
Son

Companions

Sally Fox
Wife
Married in 1941; divorced in 1949.

Bibliography