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Nathaniel Shilkret (1889–1982)

Nathaniel Shilkret was born on December 25, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Naftule Schüldkraut. He is known for his work on Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937) and The Toast of New York (1937). He died on February 18, 1982 in New York City. See full bio »

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 1953 Cry of the Hunted (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 Desperate Search (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1952 The Half-Breed (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1948 Who Killed Doc Robbin (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1947 Song of the Thin Man (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1946 Courage of Lassie (composer: additional music - uncredited) / (conductor - uncredited)
 1945 MGM Christmas Trailer (Short) (musical director)
 1945 Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1944 Mrs. Parkington (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1944 An American Romance (conductor - uncredited)
 1944 3 Men in White (musical director - uncredited)
 1943 For God and Country (Short) (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1943 Cry 'Havoc' (musical director - uncredited)
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine (conductor - uncredited)
 1943 Ode to Victory (Short) (composer: song - as Nat Shilkret)
 1943 Above Suspicion (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1943 Presenting Lily Mars (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1943 Journey Into Fear (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 Seven Miles from Alcatraz (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1942 The Falcon Takes Over (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1941 Jungle Cavalcade (Documentary) (musical director)
 1940 Stolen Paradise (musical director)
 1940 Wildcat Bus (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1939 Yankee Doodle Home (Short) (music supervisor)
 1939 Di que me quieres (musical director)
 1938 Painted Desert (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Blond Cheat (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Saint in New York (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Blind Alibi (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Swiss Miss (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Gun Law (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Law of the Underworld (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Condemned Women (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Boy Meets Dog (Short) (musical director)
 1938 Everybody's Doing It (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 The Lamp Lighter (Short) (musical director)
 1937 She's Got Everything (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Wise Girl (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Quick Money (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Danger Patrol (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Living on Love (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Fight for Your Lady (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 There Goes the Groom (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Breakfast for Two (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Keeper of the Lions (Short) (musical director)
 1937 Music for Madame (musical director)
 1937 Lovesick (Short) (musical director)
 1937 Night 'n' Gales (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Toast of New York (musical director)
 1937 Super-Sleuth (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Border Cafe (musical director)
 1937 Behind the Headlines (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Shall We Dance (musical director)
 1937 Way Out West (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady (musical director)
 1937 Sea Devils (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Criminal Lawyer (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Racing Lady (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 That Girl from Paris (musical director)
 1936 The Plough and the Stars (musical director)
 1936 Winterset (musical director)
 1936 Smartest Girl in Town (composer: music cues - uncredited) / (musical director)
 1936 A Woman Rebels (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 The Big Game (musical director)
 1936 Walking on Air (musical director)
 1936 Swing Time (musical director)
 1936 Second Wife (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 The Last of the Mohicans (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 Mary of Scotland (musical director - uncredited)
 1936 Sacred City of the Mayan Indians (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1936 The Bohemian Girl (music adaptor - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1935 Honolulu: The Paradise of the Pacific (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1935 Los Angeles: 'Wonder City of the West' (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1935 Zeeland: 'The Hidden Paradise' (Documentary short) (conductor - as Nat Shilkret)
 1934 Ireland: 'The Emerald Isle' (Documentary short) (composer: music cues - uncredited)
 1934 Switzerland the Beautiful (Documentary short) (musical director)
 1934 Holland in Tulip Time (Documentary short) (conductor: Traveltalk Orchestra)
 1934 Glimpses of Erin (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1934 Social Register (musical director)
 1933 Dutch Guiana: 'Land of the Djuka' (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1933 Norway: Land of the Midnight Sun (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1932 Ireland 'The Melody Isle' (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1932 Rio 'The Magnificent' (Documentary short) (musical director)
 1932 Romantic Argentina (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1932 The Island Empire (Documentary short) (musical director)
 1931 Spuk um Mitternacht (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1931 Siam to Korea (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1930 Charming Ceylon (Documentary short) (conductor)
 1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 The Break Up (Documentary) (music arranger)
 1930 Bear Shooters (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 When the Wind Blows (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1929 Perfect Day (Short) (composer: stock music - 1936 reissue, uncredited)
 1929 Synthetic Sin (orchestra director - uncredited)
 1928 The Lady of the Lake (conductor)
 1927 Johannes Brahms (Documentary short) (musical director)
 1925 Franz Liszt (Documentary short) (musical director - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio conductor 1925-1940 for sponsors including Camel, Carnation, Chesterfield, Esso (now Exxon), Eveready, General Electric, General Motors, Hire's Root Beer, Knickerbocker, Lysol, Maxwell House, Mobil Oil, Palmolive, RCA Victor, Salada, and Smith Brothers' Cough Drops See more »

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Alternate Names:

Nathaniel Shilkret and His Orchestra | Nat Shilkret

Did You Know?


Between 1924 and 1945, worked for RCA Victor as director of their light music division. Prolific composer and recording artist with more than 50 chart topping hits, including "Rio Rita", "Me and My Shadow" and "Pagan Love Song". Active in radio for CBS and NBC in the 1930's and,again, during the 1950's. Founded the Nathaniel Shilkret Music Company in 1940. Composed and recorded classical and jazz... See more »



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