Arthur Freed


Producer

About

Also Known As
Arthur Grossman
Birth Place
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Born
September 09, 1894
Died
April 12, 1973
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Popular songwriter--notably in collaboration with Nacio Herb Brown--who joined MGM with the advent of sound and produced virtually every great Hollywood musical of the 1940s and 50s. Freed gathered around him such luminaries as Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Syd Charisse, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, and produced classic films including the all-black "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Meet Me...

Photos & Videos

The Wizard of Oz - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Easter Parade - Irving Berlin Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Good News - Behind-the-Scenes photos

Family & Companions

Lucille Bremer
Companion
Actor. Involved in the early 1940s.

Notes

Decorated the Chevalier of French Legion d'Honneur.

Biography

Popular songwriter--notably in collaboration with Nacio Herb Brown--who joined MGM with the advent of sound and produced virtually every great Hollywood musical of the 1940s and 50s. Freed gathered around him such luminaries as Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Syd Charisse, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, and produced classic films including the all-black "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), "On The Town" (1949), "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) and "Silk Stockings" (1957).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Clock (1945)
Man lighting Joe Allen's cigarette

Writer (Feature Film)

Those Three French Girls (1930)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Producer
The Subterraneans (1960)
Producer
Gigi (1958)
Producer
Silk Stockings (1957)
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Invitation to the Dance (1956)
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Kismet (1955)
Producer
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
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Brigadoon (1954)
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The Band Wagon (1953)
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The Belle of New York (1952)
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Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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Show Boat (1951)
Producer
An American in Paris (1951)
Producer
Royal Wedding (1951)
Producer
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Producer
Crisis (1950)
Producer
Pagan Love Song (1950)
Producer
On the Town (1949)
Producer
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Producer
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Producer
Any Number Can Play (1949)
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Summer Holiday (1948)
Producer
Easter Parade (1948)
Producer
Words and Music (1948)
Producer
The Pirate (1948)
Producer
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Producer
Good News (1947)
Producer
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Producer
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Producer
The Clock (1945)
Producer
Yolanda and the Thief (1945)
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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Producer
Best Foot Forward (1943)
Producer
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Producer
Girl Crazy (1943)
Producer
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Producer
Babes on Broadway (1942)
Producer
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Producer
Panama Hattie (1942)
Producer
Lady Be Good (1941)
Producer
Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
Producer
Strike Up the Band (1940)
Producer
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Assistant to the prod
Babes in Arms (1939)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Allied (2016)
Song
Minions (2015)
Song
The Intern (2015)
Song
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
Song
Planet 51 (2009)
Song
Lust, Caution (2007)
Song
We Own the Night (2007)
Song
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Song
Shrek the Third (2007)
Song
The Bucket List (2007)
Song
Robots (2005)
Music Lyrics
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Song
The Quiet American (2002)
Composer
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Song
Wonder Boys (2000)
Composer
Godzilla (1998)
Song
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Song
The Object of My Affection (1998)
Song
The Waterboy (1998)
Song
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
Song
Lolita (1997)
Song ("Temptation")
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Song
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Theme Lyrics
Arthur Miller's American Clock (1993)
Song
Noises Off (1992)
Song
What About Bob? (1991)
Song
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Song
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
Theme Lyrics
The Year My Voice Broke (1988)
Song
Die Hard (1988)
Song
The Slugger's Wife (1985)
Song
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Music Lyrics
New York, New York (1977)
Theme Lyrics
That's Entertainment! II (1976)
Theme Lyrics
Lucky Lady (1975)
Lyrics ("All I Do Is Dream Of You")
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Theme Lyrics
Smile (1975)
Theme Lyrics
That's Entertainment! (1974)
Theme Lyrics
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Composer
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Composer
The Boy Friend (1971)
Composer
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Composer
Doctor, You've Got To Be Kidding (1967)
Composer
Seven Hills of Rome (1958)
Composer
The Joker Is Wild (1957)
Composer
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
Composer
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)
Composer
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Composer
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
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Somebody Loves Me (1952)
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Under the Gun (1951)
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Pagan Love Song (1950)
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Three Little Words (1950)
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Boarding House Blues (1948)
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You Were Meant for Me (1948)
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Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
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Night Club Girl (1945)
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Song of the Sarong (1945)
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The Lost Weekend (1945)
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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
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Hi, Beautiful (1944)
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Bathing Beauty (1944)
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Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
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Babes on Broadway (1942)
Composer
Penny Serenade (1941)
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Sis Hopkins (1941)
Composer
Lady Be Good (1941)
Composer
It's a Date (1940)
Composer
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
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Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
Composer
Strike Up the Band (1940)
Composer
Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
Composer
Babes in Arms (1939)
Composer
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
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The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)
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San Francisco (1936)
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After the Thin Man (1936)
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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
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A Night at the Opera (1935)
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No More Ladies (1935)
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Hollywood Party (1934)
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Riptide (1934)
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Hide-Out (1934)
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Sadie McKee (1934)
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Student Tour (1934)
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College Coach (1933)
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The Barbarian (1933)
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Peg O' My Heart (1933)
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Should Ladies Behave (1933)
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Going Hollywood (1933)
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Hold Your Man (1933)
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Stage Mother (1933)
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Speak Easily (1932)
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Jenny Lind (1931)
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Never the Twain Shall Meet (1931)
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The Prodigal (1931)
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A Lady's Morals (1930)
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Good News (1930)
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Those Three French Girls (1930)
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Montana Moon (1930)
Composer
Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
Composer
Good News (1930)
Interpolations
Marianne (1929)
Composer
The Pagan (1929)
Composer
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
Composer
Around the World Via Graf Zeppelin (1929)
Composer
Untamed (1929)
Composer
The Show of Shows (1929)
Composer
The Broadway Melody (1929)
Composer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Light in the Piazza (1962)
Company
Gigi (1958)
Company

Producer (Special)

Hollywood Melody (1962)
Producer

Cast (Short)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Songwriters' Revue (1930)
Himself

Music (Short)

Hollywood Party (1937)
Music Lyrics

Life Events

1923

Hit song writer "I Cried For You"

1929

Film lyricist MGM

1939

Associate producer "The Wizard of Oz"

1963

President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Photo Collections

The Wizard of Oz - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's The Wizard of Oz (1939), directed by Victor Fleming.
Easter Parade - Irving Berlin Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Easter Parade (1948), featuring songwriter Irving Berlin and the film's cast and crew.
Good News - Behind-the-Scenes photos
Here are several photos taken during rehearsals and shooting of Good News (1947). Look for director Charles Walters, unit producer Arthur Freed, and stars June Allyson and Peter Lawford.
Bells Are Ringing - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Bells Are Ringing (1960), starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin, and directed by Vincente Minnelli.

Videos

Movie Clip

Girl Crazy (1943) - Grinding Coffee Their first meeting in their last co-starring MGM Musical, frisky Mickey Rooney as east-coast publishing-heir playboy Danny, banished to college out west, meets taller and prettier Judy Garland, whom we’ll learn is the college post-mistress Ginger, in the all-Gershwin full-tilt Freed Unit production, Girl Crazy, 1943.
Girl Crazy (1943) - But Not For Me Feeling a fairly complex disappointment for having become vested in the college beauty pageant, post-mistress Ginger (Judy Garland) finds another George & Ira Gershwin tune from the original Broadway hit, good guy Rags (Ragland) attempting consolation, in MGM's Girl Crazy, 1943, also starring Mickey Rooney.
Girl Crazy (1943) - Could You Use Me? One of only a couple numbers they perform together in their last MGM co-starring vehicle, it’s fallen to pretty college post-mistress Ginger (Judy Garland) to take departing playboy-heir student to the train to go home, his only regret in leaving her behind, with a George & Ira Gershwin tune, in Girl Crazy, 1943.
Girl Crazy (1943) - Embraceable You The boys at Cody College throw a birthday for their beloved post-mistress Ginger (Judy Garland) who offers George and Ira Gershwin's Embraceable You, including an extended performance with dance director Charles "Chuck" Walters, in return, in Girl Crazy, 1943, also starring Mickey Rooney.
Girl Crazy (1943) - Treat Me Rough With Tommy Dorsey and orchestra, George and Ira Gershwin's Treat Me Rough, first by June Allyson as a specialty, then by youthful playboy Danny (Mickey Rooney), about to be sent to college out west, in the lavish MGM Freed Unit musical Girl Crazy, 1943, also starring Judy Garland.
American In Paris, An (1951) - Our Love Is Here To Stay On the banks of the (MGM soundstage) Seine, painter Jerry (Gene Kelly) and ingenue Lise (Leslie Caron) do their romantic number set to Gershwin's "Our Love Is Here To Stay," in An American In Paris, 1951, from producer Arthur Freed.
American In Paris, An (1951) - I Got Rhythm Gene Kelly (as "Jerry") with his own choreography and the neighborhood kids, does some language instruction with George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm," in An American In Paris, 1951.
American in Paris, An (1951) - A Simple Girl Variations on Gershwin's "Embraceable You" support Henri (Georges Guetary) as he describes his girlfriend Lise (Leslie Caron) to Adam (Oscar Levant) in a fantasy musical sequence in An American In Paris, 1951.
American in Paris, An (1951) - Opening, This Is Paris The opening sequence from Vincente Minnelli's An American in Paris, 1951, which offers a brief tour of Paris and introduces "Jerry," the Gene Kelly character.
Light In The Piazza (1962) - Two Butterflies Poolside in Florence, the mentally-challenged Amerian Clara (Yvette Mimieux) frolics with Italian George Hamilton (as "Fabrizio"), mother Margaret (Olivia de Havilland) and friend (Isabel Dean) overseeing, in Light In The Piazza, 1962.
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.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - All I Do Is Dream Of You The studio boss (Millard Mitchell) after a talking-picture demo, with Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) pal of star Don (Gene Kelly), who’s delighted to find snooty Cathy (Debbie Reynolds) doing a cheesecake gig, song by Nacio Herb Brown and producer Arthur Freed, bimbo Lina (Jean Hagen) getting pied, in Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.

Trailer

Clock, The - (Original Trailer) A G.I. en route to Europe falls in love during a whirlwind two-day leave in New York City in The Clock (1945).
Girl Crazy (1943) - (Original Trailer) A womanizing playboy finds true love when he's sent to a desert college in Girl Crazy (1943) starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
Gigi (1958) -- (Original Trailer) A Parisian girl (Leslie Caron) is raised to be a kept woman but dreams of love and marriage in Gigi (1958), directed by Vincente Minnelli.
Easter Parade (1948) -- (Re-issue Trailer) When his partner leaves him, a vaudeville star trains an untried performer to take her place in Easter Parade (1948) starring Judy Garland & Fred Astaire.
Wizard of Oz, The (1939) -- (1949 Re-issue Trailer) A Kansas farm girl dreams herself into a magical land where she must fight a wicked witch to escape in The Wizard of Oz (1939), starring Judy Garland.
Lady Be Good - (Original Trailer) None of the plot but all of the Gershwin songs like "Fascinatin' Rhythm" in MGM's version of Lady Be Good (1941).
Annie Get Your Gun - (Original Trailer) Betty Hutton stars as Annie Oakley in the film version of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun (1950).
Words And Music - (Original Trailer) Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Perry Como perform the songs of Rodgers and Hart in Words And Music (1948).
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.
That's Entertainment! - (Original Trailer) An all-star cast, including Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire, introduce clips from MGM's greatest musicals in That's Entertainment! (1974).
Ziegfeld Follies - (Original Trailer) Legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld imagines the kind of Follies he could produce with MGM's musical stars in Ziegfeld Follies (1946) starring Judy Garland.
Band Wagon, The - (Original Trailer) A Broadway artiste turns a faded film star's comeback vehicle into an artsy flop in The Band Wagon (1953), starring Fred Astaire.

Hosted Intro

Family

Ralph Freed
Brother
Songwriter. Born 1907.

Companions

Lucille Bremer
Companion
Actor. Involved in the early 1940s.

Bibliography

Notes

Decorated the Chevalier of French Legion d'Honneur.