Mack Gordon


Lyricist

About

Birth Place
Poland
Born
June 21, 1904
Died
March 01, 1959

Biography

Academy Award-winning musician Mack Gordon was truly a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. He began his career performing as a boy soprano in minstrel shows. In 1940, he began a long collaboration with composer Harry Warren. He teamed with composer Harry Revel in the 1930s to write songs. In 1935, he wrote both the music and lyrics for the song "My Heart Is an Open Book." Gordon beg...

Biography

Academy Award-winning musician Mack Gordon was truly a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. He began his career performing as a boy soprano in minstrel shows. In 1940, he began a long collaboration with composer Harry Warren. He teamed with composer Harry Revel in the 1930s to write songs. In 1935, he wrote both the music and lyrics for the song "My Heart Is an Open Book." Gordon began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the comedy "The Old-Fashioned Way" (1934) with W C Fields, "We're Not Dressing" (1934) with Bing Crosby and the Bing Crosby musical comedy "She Loves Me Not" (1934). His music also appeared in the dramedy "Now and Forever" (1934) with Gary Cooper and "College Rhythm" (1934). Though known first for his music, Gordon also acted in the musical comedy "Sitting Pretty" (1933) with Jack Oakie. Gordon won a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Hello, Frisco, Hello" in 1943. Gordon was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Down Argentine Way" in 1940 as well as for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Sun Valley Serenade" in 1941. Gordon was also credited in "A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 2: Freddy's Revenge" (1985), "Brighton Beach Memoirs" with Blythe Danner (1986) and "Radio Days" (1987). He also was recognized in "The Puppetoon Movie" with Paul Frees (1987). Gordon was most recently credited in the action comedy "Pixels" (2015) with Adam Sandler. Gordon passed away in March 1959 at the age of 55.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

You're My Everything (1949)
Himself
Collegiate (1935)
Singing instructor
Sitting Pretty (1933)
Song publisher

Writer (Feature Film)

Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
Contract Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Highwaymen (2019)
Song
Ad Astra (2019)
Song
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Song
A Star is Born (2018)
Song
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Song
Table 19 (2017)
Song
The Shape of Water (2017)
Music Lyrics
Pixels (2015)
Song
Accidental Love (2015)
Song
Broken City (2013)
Song
Gangster Squad (2013)
Song
Just Wright (2010)
Song
Precious (2009)
Song
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Song
The Edge of Love (2008)
Song
My Best Friend's Girl (2008)
Song
My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008)
Song
Bachelor No. 2 (2008)
Song
The Savages (2007)
Song
The Lake House (2006)
Song
Phat Girlz (2006)
Song
Just My Luck (2006)
Song
The Wedding Weekend (2006)
Song
Inland Empire (2006)
Song
Hollywoodland (2006)
Song
Be Cool (2005)
Song
Little Manhattan (2005)
Song
In Her Shoes (2005)
Song
Anything Else (2003)
Song
It Runs in the Family (2003)
Song ("You'Ll Never Know")
Elf (2003)
Song
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Song
High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
Song ("The More I See You")
Enigma (2001)
Song
Reindeer Games (2000)
Song
Men of Honor (2000)
Song
Election (1999)
Song
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Song
The End of the Affair (1999)
Song
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Song
American Pie (1999)
Song
The Other Sister (1999)
Song
The Green Mile (1999)
Song
Fanny and Elvis (1999)
Song
The Misadventures of Margaret (1998)
Song
Kissing a Fool (1998)
Song
Patch Adams (1998)
Song
Buena Vista Social Club (1998)
Song
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
Song
Living out Loud (1998)
Song
Love Is the Devil (1998)
Song ("Time On My Hands")
Sphere (1998)
Song
Picture Perfect (1997)
Songs ("I Had The Craziest Dream" "You'Ll Never Know" "The More I See You" "You Make Me Feel So Young" "There'S A Lull In My Life")
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Song
'Til There Was You (1997)
Song
That Old Feeling (1997)
Song
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Song ("At Last")
Out to Sea (1997)
Song
The Devil's Own (1997)
Song
The Neon Bible (1995)
Song Composer ("Chattanooga Choo Choo")
Dare to Love (1995)
Song
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Theme Lyrics
Rising Sun (1993)
Song
The Cemetery Club (1993)
Song
Jack the Bear (1993)
Song
Swing Kids (1993)
Song
Shining Through (1992)
Song
The Public Eye (1992)
Song
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Song
Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
Song
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)
Song
29th Street (1991)
Song
The Fisher King (1991)
Song
For the Boys (1991)
Song
Another You (1991)
Song
Memphis Belle (1990)
Song
Lady in White (1988)
Song
Track 29 (1988)
Song
Frantic (1988)
Song ("The More I See You")
Cocoon: the Return (1988)
Song
The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
Song
Radio Days (1987)
Song
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
Song
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Song
Risky Business (1983)
Song ("My Heart Tells Me")
The World According to Garp (1982)
Song ("There Will Never Be Another You")
Raging Bull (1980)
Composer
Joe Albany... A Jazz Life (1980)
Song
Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (1974)
Song
B. J. Lang Presents (1971)
Composer
Holiday for Lovers (1959)
Composer
The Rookie (1959)
Composer
The Blue Angel (1959)
Composer
Gang War (1958)
Composer
The River's Edge (1957)
Composer
Joe Butterfly (1957)
Composer
Bundle of Joy (1956)
Composer
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Composer
Young at Heart (1954)
Composer
Vicki (1953)
Composer
So This Is Love (1953)
Composer
Scared Stiff (1953)
Composer
The I Don't Care Girl (1953)
Composer
The Stooge (1953)
Composer
The Girl Next Door (1953)
Composer
I Love Melvin (1953)
Composer
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Composer
Dreamboat (1952)
Composer
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Composer
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)
Composer
Call Me Mister (1951)
Composer
Half Angel (1951)
Composer
As Young As You Feel (1951)
Composer
The Big Lift (1950)
Composer
Summer Stock (1950)
Composer
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
Composer
Under My Skin (1950)
Composer
I'll Get By (1950)
Composer
Wabash Avenue (1950)
Composer
Come to the Stable (1949)
Composer
You're My Everything (1949)
Composer
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Composer
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
Composer
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Composer
Look for the Silver Lining (1949)
Composer
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)
Composer
Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)
Composer
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
Composer
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1947)
Composer
Do You Love Me (1946)
Composer
Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
Composer
The Dolly Sisters (1945)
Composer
Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
Composer
Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)
Music consulant
Winged Victory (1944)
Composer
Take It or Leave It (1944)
Composer
Pin Up Girl (1944)
Composer
Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
Composer
Greenwich Village (1944)
Composer
Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)
Composer
Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
Composer
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
Composer
Time to Kill (1943)
Composer
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
Composer
Song of the Islands (1942)
Composer
Iceland (1942)
Composer
Orchestra Wives (1942)
Composer
The Night Before the Divorce (1942)
Composer
Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
Composer
Dance Hall (1941)
Composer
Small Town Deb (1941)
Composer
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Composer
Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)
Composer
The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Composer
That Night in Rio (1941)
Composer
Week-End in Havana (1941)
Composer
Lillian Russell (1940)
Composer
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Composer
Little Old New York (1940)
Composer
Johnny Apollo (1940)
Composer
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Composer
Star Dust (1940)
Composer
Young People (1940)
Composer
Rose of Washington Square (1939)
Composer
The Rains Came (1939)
Composer
Here I Am a Stranger (1939)
Composer
Tail Spin (1939)
Composer
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Composer
My Lucky Star (1938)
Composer
In Old Chicago (1938)
Composer
Josette (1938)
Composer
Sally, Irene and Mary (1938)
Composer
Hold That Co-Ed (1938)
Composer
Thanks for Everything (1938)
Composer
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
Composer
Love and Hisses (1937)
Composer
This Is My Affair (1937)
Composer
Thin Ice (1937)
Composer
Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
Composer
Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937)
Composer
Fifty Roads to Town (1937)
Composer
Wake Up and Live (1937)
Composer
You Can't Have Everything (1937)
Composer
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
Composer
Everybody Dance (1937)
Composer
Head over Heels in Love (1937)
Composer
Three Cheers for Love (1936)
Composer
Palm Springs (1936)
Composer
Florida Special (1936)
Composer
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
Composer
Stowaway (1936)
Composer
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
Composer
Love in Bloom (1935)
Composer
Collegiate (1935)
Composer
Two for Tonight (1935)
Composer
Paris in Spring (1935)
Composer
Stolen Harmony (1935)
Composer
Shoot the Works (1934)
Music
Now and Forever (1934)
Music
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Composer
The Old Fashioned Way (1934)
Composer
College Rhythm (1934)
Composer
Here Comes the Groom (1934)
Composer
We're Not Dressing (1934)
Composer
She Loves Me Not (1934)
Composer
White Woman (1933)
Composer
Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)
Composer
Sitting Pretty (1933)
Composer
Swing High (1930)
Composer
Pointed Heels (1929)
Composer
The Song of Love (1929)
Composer

Music (Special)

Keith Jarrett: Standards (1988)
Song ("I Wish I Knew")

Music (TV Mini-Series)

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)
Song

Life Events

1933

With Revel, wrote new songs for the film musical "The Gay Divorcee"

1935

Wrote both the music and lyrics for the song "My Heart Is an Open Book"

1940

Began a long collaboration with composer Harry Warren

Videos

Movie Clip

Sun Valley Serenade (1941) - Chattanooga Choo Choo After the vocal and instrumental from Glenn Miller's band, the last bit of the number, Dorothy Dandridge the girl singer, with her future husband, the taller Nicholas brother Harold, and his brother Fayard, the famous tune by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in Sun Valley Serenade, 1941.
Pin Up Girl (1944) - Don't Carry Tales Out Of School Miffed New York night club star Molly (Martha Raye) calls Lorry (Betty Grable, with pal Dorothea Kent, from Missouri) on her claim she starred in a just-closed Broadway show, so owner Joe E. Brown introduces her for a number by James V. Monaco and Mack Gordon, in Pin Up Girl, 1944.
Pin Up Girl (1944) - Once Too Often Now a New York star in her own right, Betty Grable (who plays a Missouri gal named Lorry) in a sexier number choreographed-by and featuring Hermes Pan, the song another original by James V. “Jimmy” Monaco and Mack Gordon, in Pin Up Girl, 1944.
Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) - I Thought We Were Wowing Them! At a radio audition, Shirley Temple as Rebecca and William Demarest as uncle Harry, looking to impress assistant Orville (Jack Haley), sponsor Bartlett (Paul Harvey) and ad-man Kent (Randolph Scott) with a tune by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon, in Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm, 1938.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - Better Than Alice Faye Opening flourish from director Martin Scorsese, young Alice (Mia Bendixsen) with Alice Faye's take on "You'll Never Know," then Mott The Hoople with Ian Hunter's "All The Way From Memphis," grown-up Alice (Ellen Burstyn) with son Tom (Alfred Lutter), in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1974.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) - You Gotta S-M-I-L-E To Be H-A-P-P-Y Following the opening in which Rex Reed, as critic “Myron” Breckinridge got a sex-change operation, Shirley Temple’s song (from Stowaway, 1937, by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon) accompanies the introduction of Raquel Welch as the title character (we’re supposed to understand that Rex Reed now exists only as her alter-ego), with a creditable dance routine on Hollywood then Sunset Blvd., in Myra Breckinridge, 1970, from the Gore Vidal novel.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Chica Chica Boom Chic Opening with an original song, by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, for Carmen Miranda and then Don Ameche, whom we will learn are "Carmen" and American Larry, performers in a Rio night club, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941, also starring Alice Faye.
That Night In Rio (1941) - They Met In Rio Still on that first night in the Rio night club, Don Ameche as American singer Larry meets Alice Faye as Brazilian baroness Cecilia, whose prominent husband he impersonates as part of his act, song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Cai Cai Straight up number for Carmen Miranda, who plays an entertainer named Carmen, performing at a Brazilian society party, co-stars Don Ameche and Alice Faye in her audience, original song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in 20th Century-Fox's That Night In Rio, 1941.
Pennies From Heaven (1981) - Did You Ever See A Dream, Walking? Working his east-central Illinois sheet-music sales territory, Arthur (Steve Martin) haggles with shopkeeper Barrett (Raleigh Bond) then sees Eileen (Bernadette Peters) for the first time, miming the Bing Crosby recording of the song by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon, in Pennies From Heaven, 1981.
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) - 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.

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