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Lew Brown (I) (1893–1958)

Songwriter ("Beer Barrel Polka", "Sonny Boy", "The Thrill is Gone"), composer, author, publisher and producer, he came to the USA in 1898 and was educated at DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. In 1925, he joined Buddy DeSylva and Ray Henderson as a songwriting team and music publishers. He wrote the Broadway stage scores for "George White's ... See full bio »
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 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (writer: "You're The Cream In My Coffee")
 2016 Somebody's Darling (writer: "Roll Out the Barrel")
 2014 Magic in the Moonlight (writer: "It All Depends On You")
 2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (lyrics: "Skoda Lasky aka Beer Barrel Polka")
 2013 Adoration (writer: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2012 Parental Guidance (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 2012 The Master (writer: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)")
 2012 Lore (writer: "Don't Bring Lulu" - as Brown)
 2012 On the Road (writer: "I Used To Love You (But It's All Over Now)")
 2012 Killing Them Softly (writer: "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries")
 2011 Water for Elephants (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Don't Tell Him What Happened to Me")
 2011 The Rite (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 2010 Devil (writer: "DON'T SIT UNDER THE APPLE TREE")
 2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (writer: "My Sin")
 2010 Nanny McPhee Returns ("The Best Things In Life Are Free")
 2009 My Sister's Keeper (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2009 An Englishman in New York (lyrics: "If I'm A Dreamer Aren't We All")
 2007 The Water Horse (writer: "If I Had a Talking Picture of You")
 2006 Click (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 2005 Fun with Dick and Jane (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 2005 The Clan (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 2004 Melinda and Melinda (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 2004 Being Julia (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2003 Northfork (writer: "It All Depends on You" (1926))
 2002 Hey Arnold! The Movie (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2002 La soledad era esto (lyrics: "That Old Feeling")
 2001 Invincible (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee" (1928))
 2001 Enigma (lyrics: "Black Bottom" (1926))
 2000 Chain of Fools (writer: "Down to This")
 2000 When Brendan Met Trudy (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 2000 Loser (writer: "The Best Things in Life are Free", "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1999 The Story of Us (writer: "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree")
 1999 Jakob the Liar (writer: "Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)")
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars (writer: "I Used to Love You (But It's All Over Now)")
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (lyrics: "Shine" (1910))
 1999 The Rage: Carrie 2 (writer: "Comes Love")
 1999 In Dreams (writer: "DON'T SIT UNDER THE APPLE TREE")
 1998 You've Got Mail (writer: "Dummy Song")
 1998 Home Fries (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 1998 Celebrity (lyrics: "That Old Feeling" (1937))
 1997 Lolita (writer: "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)")
 1997 That Old Feeling (writer: "That Old Feeling")
 1996 In Love and War (lyrics: "Beer Barrel Polka")
 1996 Everyone Says I Love You (writer: "I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?" (1929))
 1996 Jack (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1995 A Walk in the Clouds (writer: "Beer Barrel Polka")
 1995 Roommates (writer: "BEER BARREL POLKA (ROLL OUT THE BARREL)")
 1994 Radioland Murders (writer: "That Old Feeling")
 1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 1993 Twenty Bucks (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1992 Husbands and Wives (lyrics: "That Old Feeling" (1937))
 1992 White Men Can't Jump (writer: "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE")
 1990/I Jacob's Ladder (writer: "SONNY BOY" - as L. Brown)
 1990 Come See the Paradise (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree")
 1990 Pretty Woman (writer: "One Sweet Letter from You")
 1988 Biloxi Blues (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree")
 1987 Radio Days (lyrics: "That Old Feeling" (1937))
 1986 Heartburn (writer: "Beer Barrel Polka")
 1985 Esperando la carroza (writer: "Barrilito de Cerveza" ("Skoda lásky"))
 1985 The Sure Thing (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - as Brown)
 1983 Zelig (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up" (1929)) / (music: "Sunny Side Up" (1929))
 1983 The Survivors ("LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES")
 1983 Losin' It ("Sentimental Journey")
 1982 Toto (lyrics: "Sonny Boy") / (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (lyrics: "I Want to Be Bad" (1929), "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" (1931))
 1980 Falling in Love Again (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree") / (music: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree")
 1979 Something Short of Paradise (writer: "You Try Somebody Else")
 1979 Yanks (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" - uncredited)
 1976 Mikey and Nicky (as L. Brown, "Beer Barrel Polka")
 1976 Nickelodeon (writer: "Shine" - uncredited)
 1976 The Ritz (lyrics: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1974 The Front Page ("Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1974 Thieves Like Us (writer: "Baby Take a Bow" - uncredited)
 1973 Paper Moon (lyrics: "Sunnyside Up" (1929) - uncredited)
 1972 The Ruling Class (writer: "The Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1971 Loving Memory (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - uncredited)
 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - uncredited)
 1967 The Dirty Dozen (writer: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else but Me" - uncredited)
 1967 The Cool Ones (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1967 Stimulantia (writer: "Sunny Side Up" (segment "Upptäckten") - uncredited)
 1966 Murderers' Row (writer: "Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)")
 1965 In Harm's Way (writer: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" - uncredited)
 1964 Swingers' Paradise (writer: "If I Had A Talking Picture of You")
 1963 Maskenball bei Scotland Yard - Die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Erfindung (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1959 Desert Mice (lyrics: "The Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1957 Spring Reunion (lyrics: "That Old Feeling")
 1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free (lyrics: "Lucky Day", "If I Had a Talking Picture of You", "Here Am I, Broken Hearted", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Good News", "You're the Cream in My Coffee", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Lucky in Love", "Black Bottom", "Birth of the Blues", "Sonny Boy", "Follow Thru", "One More Time", "Thank Your Father", "This Is the Missus", "Together", "It All Depends on You", "You Try Somebody Else (We'll Be Back Together Again)", "Without Love")
 1956 He Laughed Last (writer: "Strike Me Pink" - uncredited)
 1956 The Eddy Duchin Story (lyrics: "Shine" (1910))
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (writer: "Shine")
 1955 Sincerely Yours (lyrics: "Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me (lyrics: "It All Depends On You" - uncredited)
 1955 Interrupted Melody (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" (1942) - uncredited) / (music: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" (1942) - uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born (lyrics: "Black Bottom" - uncredited)
 1952 The Jazz Singer (writer: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1952 Farlig kurva (lyrics: "Why Did I Kiss That Girl?" (1924) - uncredited) / (writer: "Why Did I Kiss That Girl?" (1924) - uncredited)
 1952 Skirts Ahoy! (lyrics: "Oh, By Jingo" - uncredited)
 1952 Belles on Their Toes (lyrics: "Don't Bring Lulu")
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (lyrics: "THAT OLD FEELING")
 1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1950 South Sea Sinner (writer: "I'M THE LONESOMEST GAL IN TOWN")
 1949 Twelve O'Clock High (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" - uncredited)
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1949 You're My Everything (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1949 Make Believe Ballroom (writer: "Lonesomest Gal in Town")
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (lyrics: "Don't Bring Lulu", "The Birth of the Blues")
 1948 The Return of Wildfire (lyrics: "The Old Sombrero")
 1948 Bill and Coo (lyrics: "Tweet-Tweet")
 1947 Good News (lyrics: "Good News", "Tait Song", "Be a Ladies' Man", "Lucky in Love", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Just Imagine", "Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1946 Margie (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1946 The Captive Heart (lyrics: "Roll Out the Barrel" ("The Beer Barrel Polka"), "The Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1945 George White's Scandals (lyrics: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 1945 The Dolly Sisters (lyrics: "Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl" - uncredited)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde (lyrics: "Oh By Jingo! (Oh By Gee, You're the Only Girl For Me)" (1919) - uncredited)
 1945 Diamond Horseshoe (writer: " (I'd Climb the Highest Mountain) If I Knew I'd Find You" - uncredited)
 1944 The Hour Before the Dawn (lyrics: "Beer Barrel Polka" (Roll Out the Barrel) - uncredited)
 1944 Follow the Boys (lyrics: "The Beer Barrel Polka" (1939) - uncredited)
 1944 Chip Off the Old Block (lyrics: "My Song") / (music: "My Song")
 1944 Lifeboat (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" (1942) - uncredited)
 1943 A Guy Named Joe (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" (1942) - uncredited)
 1943 Swing Fever (lyrics: "Mississippi Dreamboat", "I Planted a Rose", "One Girl and Two Boys")
 1943 Thousands Cheer (lyrics: "I Dug A Ditch")
 1943 I Dood It (lyrics: "So Long Sarah Jane" (1943))
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady (lyrics: "I Love an Esquire Girl" (1943))
 1943 Crash Dive (lyrics: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" - uncredited)
 1943 Forever and a Day (lyrics: "Roll Out The Barrel" aka "Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1943 How's About It (writer: "Here Comes the Navy")
 1942 Casablanca (lyrics: "Shine" (1910) - uncredited)
 1942 In Which We Serve (lyrics: "Beer Barrel Polka (aka Roll Out the Barrel)" - uncredited)
 1942 Yokel Boy (writer: "Comes Love", "It's Me Again")
 1942 Roxie Hart (lyrics: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted", "Black Bottom")
 1941 Unholy Partners (lyrics: "It All Depends on You" - uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1941 Down Mexico Way (writer: "Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1941 Mail Train (writer: "The Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1941 Her First Beau (lyrics: "This Is Love")
 1941 Penny Serenade (writer: "Just a Memory" - uncredited)
 1941 Meet John Doe (lyrics: "Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance (lyrics: "Beer Barrel Polka" - uncredited)
 1940 Young People (lyrics: "Baby Take a Bow" (1934) - uncredited) / (music: "Baby Take a Bow" (1934) - uncredited)
 1939 Barricade (lyrics: "There'll Be Other Nights" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 These Glamour Girls (writer: "Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel)" (1934) - uncredited)
 1939 Conspiracy (lyrics: "Take The World Off My Shoulders")
 1938 Hard to Get (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1938 Tarnished Angel (lyrics: "It's the Doctor's Orders" (1938))
 1938 Straight Place and Show (lyrics: "With You on My Mind" (1938), "Why Not String Along With Me" (1938) - uncredited)
 1938 Hold That Co-ed (lyrics: "Heads High" (1938) - uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1937 Stand-In (lyrics: "That Old Feeling" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 Vogues of 1938 (lyrics: "That Old Feeling" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 New Faces of 1937 (lyrics: "Our Penthouse on Third Avenue" (1937), "It Goes to Your Feet" (1937), "If I Didn't Have You" (1937), "Love Is Never Out of Season" (1937))
 1936 The Singing Kid (writer: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1936 The Music Goes 'Round (lyrics: "Life Begins When You're in Love,") / (writer: "Rolling Along", "This Is Love", "Let's Go", "Suzannah", "There'll Be No South")
 1936 Strike Me Pink (lyrics: "First You Have Me High (Then You Have Me Low)" (1935), "The Lady Dances" (1935), "Calabash Pipe" (1935), "Shake It Off with Rhythm" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 Splendor (lyrics: "Shake It Off With Rhythm", "Calabash Pipe" - uncredited)
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals (lyrics: "Black Bottom" (1926) - uncredited)
 1934 Now I'll Tell (lyrics: "Fooling with the Other Woman's Man", "Harlem Versus the Jungle")
 1934 The Loudspeaker ("Who But You", "Doo Ah Doo Ah Know What I'm Doing")
 1934 Change of Heart (lyrics: "Broadway's Gone Hillbilly" - uncredited)
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer! (lyrics: "Stand Up And Cheer!" (1934), "I'm Laughin'" (1934), "Baby, Take a Bow" (1934), "Broadway's Gone Hill-Billy" (1934), "This Is Our Last Night Together" (1934), "She's 'Way Up Thar" (1934), "We're Out of the Red" (1934) - uncredited) / (music: "Stand Up And Cheer!" (1934), "I'm Laughin'" (1934), "Baby, Take a Bow" (1934), "Broadway's Gone Hill-Billy" (1934), "This Is Our Last Night Together" (1934), "She's 'Way Up Thar" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Carolina (lyrics: "Carolina")
 1933 March of the Movies (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1933 Grand Slam (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1932 Two Seconds (lyrics: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1931/I The Champ (lyrics: "Don't Tell Her What Happened to Me" (1930) - uncredited)
 1931 The Cisco Kid (writer: "My Tonia")
 1931 A Holy Terror (lyrics: "(I'm a Dreamer) Aren't We All?", "I Am the Words (You Are the Music)" - uncredited)
 1931 Indiscreet (lyrics: "If You Haven't Got Love", "Come to Me" - uncredited)
 1930 Follow the Leader (lyrics: "Broadway (The Heart of the World)" - uncredited)
 1930 Just Imagine (lyrics: "(There's Something About) An Old-Fashioned Girl" (1930), "Mothers Ought to Tell Their Daughters" (1930), " (I Am the Words) You Are the Melody" (1930), "The Drinking Song" (1930), "Never Swat a Fly" (1930), "The Romance of Elmer Stremingway" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Follow Thru (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?", "I Want to Be Bad")
 1930 Good News (lyrics: "Good News" (1927), "The Varsity Drag" (1927), "Tait Song" (1927), "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927), "He's a Ladies' Man" (1927), "Students Are We" (1927) - uncredited)
 1930 Rain or Shine (writer: "Sunny Side Up" - uncredited)
 1930 The Big Pond (lyrics: "Lucky Day")
 1930 Hold Everything ("You're The Cream In My Coffee", "To Know You Is To Love You", "Don't Hold Everything")
 1929 The Song of Love (writer: "Atlas Is Itless" - uncredited)
 1929 Say It with Songs (lyrics: "I'm in Seventh Heaven", "Little Pal", "Used to You" - uncredited) / (writer: "Why Can't You" - uncredited)
 1929 The Cock-Eyed World (writer: "You're The Cream In My Coffee" - uncredited)
 1929 Blackmail ("Sonny Boy" (1928), uncredited) / (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - uncredited)
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1928 In Old Arizona (lyrics: "My Tonia" - as Brown) / (music: "My Tonia" - as Brown)
 1928 The Singing Fool (lyrics: "It All Depends on You", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1928 Our Dancing Daughters (lyrics: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted" - uncredited)
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Stage Play: George White's Scandals. Musical revue. Music by Ray Henderson. Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. Book by George White and Billy K. Wells. Musical Direction by William Daly. Featuring songs by Ballard MacDonald, Dave Dreyer, Ted Fio Rito, Abel Baer, J. Fred Coots and Neil Moret. Featuring songs with lyrics by Ballard ... See more »

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