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Robert Emmett Dolan (1906–1972)

Composer, songwriter ("A Home in the Meadow"), film executive and conductor, educated at Loyola College (on scholarship) and a piano student of his mother, and later, Letonal, Mortimer Wilson, Joseph Schillinger, and Ernst Toch. He became music director for MGM in 1941, and also was the music director for the Broadway productions "Good News", "... See full bio »

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How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won Music Department
Going My Way
Going My Way Music Department
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Music Department
Birth of the Blues
Birth of the Blues Music Department


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 1965-1966 O.K. Crackerby! (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes)
- Operation Susan (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
- 3+1=1 (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
- Smile and the World... (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
- Bitter Ravioli (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
- Crackerby and the Cuckoo Game (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
 1962 How the West Was Won (associate conductor - uncredited) / (music co-ordinator)
 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla (composer: stock music - US version)
  Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years (TV Series documentary) (conductor - 3 episodes, 1961) (orchestrator - 3 episodes, 1961) (musical director - 1 episode, 1960)
- Gotterdammerung (1961) ... (conductor) / (orchestrator)
- D-Day (1961) ... (conductor) / (orchestrator)
- Strike Hard, Strike Home! (1961) ... (conductor) / (orchestrator)
- The Gathering Storm (1960) ... (musical director)
 1960 The Revlon Revue (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Seventy Six Men and Peggy Lee (1960) ... (musical director)
 1959 The Big Party (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1959) ... (conductor)
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- Cole Porter's 'Aladdin' (1958) ... (musical director)
 1956 The Leather Saint (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1954 Alaska Seas (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (musical director)
 1952 The Treasure of Lost Canyon (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1950 Let's Dance (musical director)
 1949 Top o' the Morning (musical director)
 1949 The Great Gatsby (musical director - uncredited)
 1949 Sorrowful Jones (musical director - uncredited)
 1948 Saigon (musical director - uncredited)
 1947 Road to Rio (musical director)
 1947 Where There's Life (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 Blue Skies (musical director)
 1946 The Blue Dahlia (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1945 The Stork Club (musical director)
 1945 Road to Utopia (conductor: musical numbers)
 1945 Duffy's Tavern (musical director)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde (musical director)
 1945 Bring on the Girls (musical director)
 1944 Here Come the Waves (musical director)
 1944 Going My Way (musical director)
 1944 Lady in the Dark (music director)
 1943 Let's Face It (musical director)
 1943 Dixie (musical director)
 1943 Happy Go Lucky (musical director)
 1942 Holiday Inn (musical director)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm (musical director)
 1941 Louisiana Purchase (musical director)
 1941 Birth of the Blues (music supervisor) / (musical director)
 1930 Sweet Kitty Bellairs (music effects - as Bobby Dolan)
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Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Alternate Names:

Bobby Dolan | Robert E. Dolan

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[observation, 1973] As opposed to the 1930s or '40s, when song- writers like Gershwin and Kern and Rodgers and Arlen were using harmonics, I actually think we've retrogressed. Those days were much richer musically. Remember how the word 'lush' was applied to our popular music? One of the things that I've said to my own son Casey, who's seventeen and very much into this hard-rock thing, is 'I ... See more »


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