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Harry Akst (1894–1963)

One of the most recorded songwriters of the 1920's and 30's was born into a musical family (his father was a violinist with the Metropolitan Opera). Harry learned to play piano at the age of five and was already a fully-fledged professional while in his second year of high school. He worked in vaudeville for four years, accompanying the popular ... See full bio »

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 2009 Public Enemies (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929))
 2009 My Music: The Big Band Years (TV Movie) (music: "Baby Face")
 2008 Sita Sings the Blues ("Am I Blue?")
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (Video documentary) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 2007 Pushing Daisies (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Pie-lette (2007) ... (music: "Guilty" (1931) - uncredited)
 2006 Por Toda Minha Vida (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Elis Regina (2006) ... (writer: "Baby Face")
 2005 Secret World of Magic (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- France (2005) ... (music: "Guilty" (1931) - uncredited)
 2005 Son of the Mask (writer: "Baby Face")
 2005 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- A Murder Is Announced (2005) ... (music: "Guilty" (1931) - uncredited)
 2004 Justice League (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- This Little Piggy (2004) ... (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 2004 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow - Underneath the Mission (Video documentary short) (writer: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 2003 Big Fish (writer: "Dinah")
 2003 Hope Springs (writer: "Am I Blue")
 2003 Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show (TV Movie documentary) (music: "Dinah") / (writer: "Dinah")
 2002 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Take the Deviled Eggs... (2002) ... (performer: "Baby Face")
 2001 Amélie (writer: "Guilty")
 1998 U.S. Marshals (writer: "AM I BLUE?")
 1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (Video) (writer: "Am I Blue" - uncredited)
 1989-1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (music - 2 episodes)
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
- Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong (1989) ... (music: "Dinah")
 1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (writer: "Am I Blue?")
 1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... (writer: "Am I Blue")
 1992 Sharon, Lois & Bram Sing A to Z (Video) ("Baby Face")
 1989 Slaves of New York (writer: "Am I Blue?")
 1987 The Last Emperor (music: "Am I Blue" (1929))
 1987 Night Court (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Baby Talk (1987) ... (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1986 The Color of Money (lyrics: "Anema e core")
 1985 Webster (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- In the Family Way: Part 1 (1985) ... (music: "Baby Face")
 1984 The Cotton Club (lyrics: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited) / (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1984 Undercover (writer: "Baby Face", "Am I Blue?")
 1983 Phar Lap (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1983 The Facts of Life (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Under Pressure (1983) ... ("Am I Blue?", uncredited)
 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (music: "Dinah")
 1979 The Lady in Red (music: "Baby Face")
 1979 Bugs Bunny's Valentine (TV Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1978 Sextette (writer: "Baby Face")
 1977 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Edgar Bergen (1977) ... (writer: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1976 All in the Family (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gloria's False Alarm (1976) ... (writer: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1976 The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1976) ... (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1976 Dinah! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.191 (1976) ... (writer: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1975 Funny Lady (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1974 One Hand Clapping (music: "Baby Face")
 1974 The Waltons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Marathon (1974) ... (writer: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1972 Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 (TV Movie) (writer: "Dinah")
 1972 The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.8 (1972) ... (writer: "Am I blue")
 1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 12 August 1970 (1970) ... (writer: "Am I Blue")
 1970 The David Frost Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.157 (1970) ... (writer: "Am I Blue")
 1969 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 20 November 1969 (1969) ... (writer: "Am I Blue?")
 1969 Age of Consent (music: "Guilty" - uncredited)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1967 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 9 March 1967 (1967) ... (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1965 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Rick Grows a Beard (1965) ... (music: "Dinah")
 1964 The Iceman Ducketh (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1963 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- The Fabulous Musicals (1963) ... (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1962 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1962) ... (music: "Baby Face")
 1961 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Thomas Jefferson Chu (1961) ... (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1957-1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 25 May 1960 (1960) ... (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 19 January 1957 (1957) ... (music: "Guilty" - uncredited)
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1953 There Auto Be a Law (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1953 She's Back on Broadway (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1952 Stop, You're Killing Me (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1952 We're Not Married! (music: "Baby Face")
 1952 She's Working Her Way Through College (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1952 Mara Maru (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1951 Ballot Box Bunny (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1951 Strangers on a Train (music: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1951 Chow Hound (Short) (music: "Baby Face", "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1951 Scent-imental Romeo (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1951 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.24 (1951) ... (writer: "Dinah", "Am I Blue?")
 1950 It's Hummer Time (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1950 An Egg Scramble (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1950 Young Man with a Horn (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1949 The House Across the Street (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1949 Often an Orphan (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1949 The Grey Hounded Hare (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1949 Bad Ol' Putty Tat (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1948 Riff Raffy Daffy (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1948 Cry of the City (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1948 Let's Sing a Song from the Movies (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1948 The Street with No Name (music: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1947 Intrigue (lyrics: "Intrigue")
 1947 This Time for Keeps (writer: "Why Don't They Let Me Sing a Love Song?" (uncredited), "Little Big Shot")
 1947 The Egg and I (writer: "The Egg and I" - uncredited)
 1947 One Meat Brawl (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1946 Blondie Knows Best (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?" - uncredited)
 1946 Blondie's Lucky Day (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?" - uncredited)
 1944 She's a Sweetheart (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?")
 1944 Booby Hatched (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1944 To Have and Have Not (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1944 Greenwich Village (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1944 The Impatient Years (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?")
 1944 Pay Day (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1944 Three Brothers (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1944 Show Business (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1944 Rosie the Riveter (music: "Why Can't I Sing a Love Song?")
 1943 The Voice That Thrilled the World (Documentary short) (music: "Am I Blue" - uncredited)
 1943 Is Everybody Happy? (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1943 Baby Puss (Short) (music: "Baby Face")
 1943 Lady of Burlesque (music: "Take It Off the E-String, Put It On the G-String", "So This Is You")
 1943 Chatterbox (writer: "Why Can't I Sing a Love Song?", "Welcome to Victory Ranch")
 1943 The Hard Way (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1942 Ding Dog Daddy (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1942 Casablanca (music: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1942 Broadway (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1941 Wabbit Twouble (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1941 Her First Beau (music: "This Is Love")
 1940 Cinderella's Feller (Short) (music: "In the Land of Let's Pretend" - uncredited)
 1940 Slap Happy Pappy (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1940 Shooting High (music: "On the Rancho with My Pancho" (1940))
 1940 Confederate Honey (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1940 Johnny Apollo (music: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1939 Boy Friend (music: "Doin' The Socialite")
 1939 A Day at the Zoo (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1938 Dramatic School (music: "It Happpened When Your Eyes Met Mine" (1934) - uncredited)
 1938 Up the River (music: "It's The Strangest Thing", "Song of Rockwell", "Rhythmettes")
 1938 Streamlined Swing (Short) (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1938 Rascals (lyrics: "Carnival Song (What a Gay Occasion)") / (music: "Blue Is The Evening", "Take A Tip From A Gypsy", "Song Of A Gypsy Band")
 1938 Battle of Broadway (music: "Daughter of Mademoiselle", "Legionaires")
 1938 Walking Down Broadway (music: "Good-Bye My Heart (Good Luck to You)")
 1938 International Settlement (writer: "You Made Me That Way", "Shrug")
 1937 September in the Rain (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1937 Big Town Girl (music: "Argentine Swing,", "Don't Throw Kisses", "I'll Settle for Love")
 1937 Fight for Your Lady (music: "Blame It on the Danube" (1937))
 1937 The Lyin' Mouse (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1937 Porky's Garden (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1937 Talent Scout (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1937 Think Fast, Mr. Moto (music: "The Shy Violet")
 1937 Wild and Woolly (music: "Whoa Whoopee, Whoa Whipee (Yippy-I-O-I-Ay)")
 1937 She Had to Eat (music: "Living on the Town", "When a Girl from Alabama Meets a Boy from Tennessee")
 1937 Sing and Be Happy (music: "Pickles", "What a Beautiful Beginning", "Travelin' Light", "Sing and Be Happy")
 1937 Round-Up Time in Texas (music: "Dinah" (1925))
 1937 The Holy Terror (music: "Don't Sing-Everybody Swing", "There I Go Again", "I Don't Know Myself Since I Know You", "The Call of the Siren")
 1937 Woman-Wise (writer: "You're a Knockout")
 1936 Trouble in Toyland (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1936 Don't Look Now (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1936 Crack-Up (music: "Top Gallante")
 1936 Can This Be Dixie? (music: "Pick Pick Pickaninny", "Uncle Tom Is a Cabaret Now", "Does You Wanna Go To Heaven?", "It's Julep Time in Dixieland")
 1936 Little Beau Porky (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1936 Star for a Night (music: "Over a Cup of Coffee", "Down Around Malibu Way", "Holy Lie Production Routine #1", "At the Beach at Malibu (Hullabaloo at Malibu)")
 1936 The Music Goes 'Round (writer: "Rolling Along", "This Is Love", "Let's Go", "Suzannah", "There'll Be No South")
 1936 Rose-Marie (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1935 Tuned Out (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1935 Paddy O'Day (music: "Which is Which")
 1935 Bright Lights (music: "Nobody Cares If I'm Blue" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 After the Dance (lyrics: "Tomorrow Night", "Without You I'm Just Drifting" - uncredited) / (music: "Tomorrow Night", "Without You I'm Just Drifting" - uncredited)
 1935 Under the Pampas Moon (music: "Je t'adore")
 1935 The Great Hotel Murder (music: "So What?" - uncredited)
 1934 Phil Spitalny and His Musical Queens (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1934/II Vaudeville (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1934 The Flame Song (Short) (music: "One Little Drink" - uncredited)
 1934 Marie Galante (music: "On a Little Side Street", "Je t'adore")
 1934 Chained (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1934 Pursued (music: "Wanted - Someone (When the Right One Comes Along)")
 1934 The Man with Two Faces (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1934 The Cat's-Paw (music: "I'm Just That Way" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Friends of Mr. Sweeney (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1934 Now I'll Tell (music: "Fooling with the Other Woman's Man", "Harlem Versus the Jungle")
 1934 Let's Talk It Over (music: "Heaven On Earth")
 1934 The Loudspeaker ("Who But You", "Doo Ah Doo Ah Know What I'm Doing")
 1934 Change of Heart (lyrics: "So What?" (1934) - uncredited) / (music: "So What?" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer! (lyrics: "Stand Up And Cheer!" (1934) - uncredited) / (music: "Stand Up And Cheer!" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Glamour (writer: "Heaven on Earth")
 1934 Mushrooms (Short) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1933 Sittin' on a Backyard Fence (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1933 Buddy's Show Boat (Short) (music: "There Is a Happy Land" - uncredited)
 1933 Turkey Time (writer: "Was My Face Red" - uncredited)
 1933 Roman Scandals (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1933 Plane Nuts (Short) (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1933 The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1933 Melodía prohibida (music: "Pais ideal (The Islands Are Calling Me)", "Siempre (Till the End of Time)", "La melodía prohibida", "La canción del paria (Derelict Song)")
 1933 Rufus Jones for President (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1933 Rafter Romance (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1933 Blind Adventure (music: "My Imaginary Sweetheart" - uncredited)
 1933 Baby Face (music: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1933 I Loved You Wednesday (music: "Roll Your Bones")
 1933 Professional Sweetheart (music: "My Imaginary Sweetheart" - uncredited)
 1933 Lilly Turner (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1933 Diplomaniacs (music: "Ood-Gay Eye-bay" (1933), "Sing To Me" (1933), "On the Boulevard" (1933), "Sing to Me" (1933), "No More War" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 The Keyhole (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1933 42nd Street (performer: "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me" (1932) - uncredited)
 1933 Young and Healthy (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1933 Broadway Bad (music: "Forget the Past")
 1933 Dinah (Short) (music: "DINAH")
 1932 Artistic Temper (Short) (music: "That's What Heaven Means to Me" - uncredited)
 1932 The Half Naked Truth (music: "O! Mister Carpenter" (1932) - uncredited)
 1932 Rockabye (writer: "Till the Real Thing Comes Along" - uncredited)
 1932 A Modern Cinderella (Short) (music: "Dinah")
 1932 The Yacht Party (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1932 Big-Hearted Bosko (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?")
 1932 High Pressure (music: "I Can't Get Mississippi Off My Mind" (1931) - uncredited)
 1931 Peach-O-Reno (lyrics: "From Niagara Falls to Reno" - uncredited)
 1931 Husband's Holiday (writer: "What Price Love?")
 1931 The High School Hoofer (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1931 Palmy Days (lyrics: "There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby" (1931) - uncredited) / (music: "There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby" (1931) - uncredited)
 1931 Night Nurse (music: "Dinah" (1925) - uncredited)
 1931 Ups 'n Downs (Short) (music: "Nobody Cares If I'm Blue" - uncredited)
 1930 Minstrel Days (Short) (music: "Nobody Cares If I'm Blue" - uncredited)
 1930 The Jazz Rehearsal (Short) (writer: "Wouldn't It Be Wonderful")
 1930 The Booze Hangs High (Short) (music: "One Little Drink" - uncredited)
 1930 The Truth About Youth (music: "In the Land of Let's Pretend" - uncredited)
 1930 Check and Double Check (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1930 Bright Lights (writer: "Nobody Cares If I'm Blue")
 1930 Leathernecking (writer: "All My Life")
 1930 Dancing Sweeties (music: "Wishing and Waiting For Love" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 With Byrd at the South Pole (Documentary) (music: "Baby Face" - uncredited)
 1930 Golden Dawn (music: "Africa Smiles No More" (1930), "Mooda's Song" (1930), "My Heart's Love Call" (1930), "In a Jungle Bungalow" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 The Song of the Flame ("The Goose Hangs High", "Liberty Song", "Passing Fancy", "Petrograd", "One Little Drink")
 1930 Let's Elope! (Short) (music: "Wouldn't It Be Wonderful" - uncredited)
 1930 Song of the West (music: "Come Back to Me" - uncredited)
 1930 Loose Ankles (music: "Am I Blue?" (1929))
 1930 Lilies of the Field (music: "Am I Blue" - uncredited)
 1930 No, No, Nanette (music: "As Long as I'm with You" - uncredited)
 1930 Bubbles (Short) (music: "In the Land of Let's Pretend" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl (music: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1929 The Sacred Flame (writer: "The Sacred Flame")
 1929 The Show of Shows (performer: "Just an Hour of Love" (1929), "Your Love Is All I Crave" - uncredited)
 1929 The Mississippi Gambler (writer: "Father Mississippi")
 1929 Is Everybody Happy? (music: "Wouldn't It Be Wonderful?", "I'm the Medicine Man for the Blues", "Samoa", "New Orleans", "In the Land of Jazz", "Start the Band" - uncredited)
 1929 So Long Letty ("Am I Blue", "Let Me Have My Dreams", "Clowning", "My Beauty Shop", "My Stronngest Weakness Is You", "One Sweet Little Yes")
 1929 Broadway Babies (music: "Wishing and Waiting for Love" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 She Goes to War (writer: "Joan", "There Is a Happy Land')
 1929 Segar Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra (Short) ("Am I Blue")
 1929 On with the Show! (music: "Welcome Home" (1929), "Let Me Have My Dreams" (1929), "Am I Blue?" (1929), "Lift the Juleps to Your Two Lips" (1929), "In the Land of Let's Pretend" (1929), "Don't It Mean a Thing to You?" (1929), "Birmingham Bertha" (1929), "Wedding Day" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 This Is Heaven (writer: "This Is Heaven")
 1929 The Squall (music: "Gypsy Charmer" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Bulldog Drummond (writer: " (I Says To Myself Says I) There's The One For Me")
 1929 Saturday's Children (writer: "I Still Believe In You")
 1929 Frances Shelley and the Four Eton Boys (Short) (music: "Am I Blue?" - uncredited)
 1928 Their Purple Moment (Short) (music: "Baby Face" (1926) - uncredited)
 1928 Walt Roesner and the Capitolians (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
 1927 The Revelers (Short) (music: "Dinah" - uncredited)
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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983.

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