Bert Kalmar


Biography

Throughout his Hollywood career, Bert Kalmar's musical talent was featured in a variety of Hollywood productions. Kalmar worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Animal Crackers" (1930), "Broad-Minded" (1931) and "Check and Double Check" (1930). He also contributed to "The Cuckoos" (1930), "The Kid From Spain" (1932) and "Top Speed" (1930). In th...

Biography

Throughout his Hollywood career, Bert Kalmar's musical talent was featured in a variety of Hollywood productions. Kalmar worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Animal Crackers" (1930), "Broad-Minded" (1931) and "Check and Double Check" (1930). He also contributed to "The Cuckoos" (1930), "The Kid From Spain" (1932) and "Top Speed" (1930). In the forties and the fifties, Kalmar devoted his time to various credits, such as "Ship Ahoy" (1942) starring Eleanor Powell and "Look For the Silver Lining" with June Haver (1949). Kalmar's music was most recently used in "Delivery Man" (2013). Kalmar passed away in September 1947 at the age of 63.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Confidential Agent (1945)
Man at table

Writer (Feature Film)

Look for the Silver Lining (1949)
From a story by
Ship Ahoy (1942)
Based on a Story by
Everybody Sing (1938)
Contr to dial
The Life of the Party (1937)
Screenwriter
Sing Me a Love Song (1937)
Contr to trmt
Walking on Air (1936)
Screenwriter
Bright Lights (1935)
Screenwriter
Kentucky Kernels (1934)
Screenwriter
Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)
Screenwriter
Circus Clown (1934)
Story and Screenplay
Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)
Story
Kentucky Kernels (1934)
Story
Duck Soup (1933)
Story
Horse Feathers (1932)
[Wrt] by
The Kid from Spain (1932)
Written for Screen by
Broadminded (1931)
Screenwriter
Check and Double Check (1930)
Story and dial

Music (Feature Film)

Delivery Man (2013)
Song
You Again (2010)
Song
Whatever Works (2009)
Song
Leatherheads (2008)
Song
Lord of War (2005)
Song
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Song
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
Song
The Good Girl (2002)
Song
The Green Mile (1999)
Song
At First Sight (1999)
Song
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Song
Patch Adams (1998)
Song
Breaking Up (1997)
Song ("Who'S Sorry Now?")
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Song
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Song
Bye Bye Blues (1989)
Song
Losin' It (1983)
Song
Lianna (1983)
Song
Stardust Memories (1980)
Song
All That Jazz (1979)
Song
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Song
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Composer
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
Composer
The Strip (1951)
Composer
Three Little Words (1950)
Composer
Wabash Avenue (1950)
Composer
Copacabana (1947)
Composer
A Night in Casablanca (1946)
Composer
Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
Composer
Where Did You Get That Girl? (1941)
Composer
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Composer
Cocoanut Grove (1938)
Composer
Everybody Sing (1938)
Composer
Walking on Air (1936)
Composer
Bright Lights (1935)
Composer
Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)
Composer
Kentucky Kernels (1934)
Composer
Happiness Ahead (1934)
Composer
Duck Soup (1933)
Composer
Horse Feathers (1932)
Composer
The Kid from Spain (1932)
Composer
Check and Double Check (1930)
Composer
The Cuckoos (1930)
Composer
Top Speed (1930)
Composer
Animal Crackers (1930)
Composer

Music (Special)

From Broadway: Fosse (2002)
Theme Lyrics

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Horse Feathers (1932) - I'm Against It! Just sworn in as the new college president, Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) states his position, with Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby's "I"m Against It," early in Horse Feathers, 1932.
Horse Feathers (1932) - Everyone Says I Love You A singular moment in Marx Brothers movies, Groucho as Professor Wagstaff serenading Connie (Thelma Todd), who's trying to steal the football signals, in a canoe, with screen and song writers Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby's Everyone Says I Love You, in Horse Feathers, 1932.
Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934) - Keep Romance Alive Some parody and invention in the opening from director Mark Sandrich (and writers Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Edward Kaufman), plus RKO ingenues, but mostly a quick route to singing star Ruth Etting, with a tune also by Kalmar and Ruby, opening the Bert Wheeler-Robert Woolsey comedy team vehicle Hips, Hips, Hooray!, 1934.
Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934) - You Can Eat The Lipstick Fetching window model Daisy (Dorothy Lee) is getting no traction with cosmetic sales, with some neat shooting by director Mark Sandrich, when we meet stars Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey (“Dr. Dudley” and sidekick) stealing her audience, early in RKO’s Hips, Hips, Hooray!, 1934.
Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934) - Meet That Man And Merge Shady lipstick salesmen Dr. Dudley and Andy (the RKO comedy team, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey) have hijacked an office hoping they, with ally Daisy (Dorothy Lee), can trick her better-financed boss (Thelma Todd as Miss Frisby) into a merger, in Hips, Hips, Hooray!, 1934.
Kentucky Kernels (1934) - Nothing But Nets George Stevens directs this unusually warm opening to a comedy-team formula picture, Paul Page as a rich guy ending it all, then the partners, dreamy Bert Wheeler and grouchy Bert Wheeler, passively fishing, in RKO's Kentucky Kernels, 1934.
Kentucky Kernels (1934) - One Silly Little Habit Comedy teammates Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey (specs and cigar, playing a magician) are adopting, from Margaret Dumont, an orphan, for the depressed rich guy they've befriended, and it's troublesome Spanky McFarland, so they meet a cop (Edgar Dearing) too, early in Kentucky Kernels, 1934.
Kentucky Kernels (1934) - One Little Kiss Safe to say they're milking this tune by screenwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, the last four of six settings, the servant chorus, then Spanky, then Robert Woolsey, last Bert Wheeler with Mary Carlisle, in the Wheeler & Woolsey vehicle Kentucky Kernels, 1934.
Duck Soup (1933) - Where's My Stradivarius? Now at war with nearby Sylvania, Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly leads his country (Freedonia) in battle, his brother Zeppo his assistant, then his other brother Chico as the double-dealing Chicolini, his secretary of war, for the moment, in Duck Soup, 1933.
Duck Soup (1933) - A Rufus Over Your Head Now head of state in Freedonia, Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) gets a lift (from brother Harpo) to the tea party hosted by the widow Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), who is financing his government, and bamboozles foreign rival Trentino (Louis Calhern), in Duck Soup, 1933.
Duck Soup (1933) - His Excellency Is Due Zeppo Marx and Margaret Dumont start the song (by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar) but Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) makes his own entrance, whereupon she tells us why she’s wants him to lead the nation of Freedonia, which she’s financing, early in Duck Soup, 1933.
Duck Soup (1933) - These Are My Spies Louis Calhern is the evil Trentino of Sylvania, aiming to stir unrest in neighboring Freedonia (where Rufus T. Firefly, played by Groucho Marx, has just been made head of state), but he’s in trouble because his spies are Groucho’s brothers, Chico and Harpo, in Duck Soup, 1933.

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