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Irving Caesar (I) (1895–1996)

Composer, songwriter ("Swanee", "Tea for Two", "Crazy Rhythm", "Just a Gigolo"), author and publisher, educated at Chautauqua Mountain Institute and City College of New York. He was a stenographer aboard the Henry Ford Peace Ship during World War I. He joined ASCAP in 1920 and was a director between 1920 and 1946, and again in 1949, and he was the... See full bio »
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 2013 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (writer: "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody")
 2013 Boom Town (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2013) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two")
 2013 Mad Men (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Collaborators (2013) ... (lyrics: "Just a Gigolo" - uncredited)
 2012 The Art Of... When You're Hot, Young, Poor and a Filmmaker! (TV Series documentary short) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Sharing an Intimate and Gross Moment (2012) ... (lyrics: "Tea For Two")
 2012 Die Harald Schmidt Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Show #76 - Abschied von Sat.1 (2012) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 2010 Michael Feinstein's American Songbook (TV Mini-Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Best Band in the Land (2010) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two")
 2010 Community (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Interpretive Dance (2010) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009) ... (writer: "Sometimes I'm Happy")
 2009 Grey Gardens (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Tea For Two")
 2008 Bronson (writer: "Tea For Two")
 2007 Banda sonora (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (2007) ... (lyrics: "Just a Gigolo")
 2007 Por Toda Minha Vida (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Nara Leão (2007) ... (writer: "Bobagens de Amor (Tea for Two)")
 2007 Sarah Vaughan: Live in '58 & '64 (Video) (lyrics: "Sometimes I'm Happy" - uncredited)
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode, 2007) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1997)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (writer: "Crazy Rhythm")
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 2006 An American Girl on the Home Front (TV Movie) (writer: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 2006 Ghetto (lyrics: "Swanee")
 2006 Diva (Video) (writer: "Tea for Two")
 2006 Emily's First 100 Days of School (Video short) (writer: "Tea for Two")
 2005 Where the Truth Lies ("Just a Gigolo" (1929))
 2005 Are We There Yet? (writer: "Just A Gigolo")
 2004 Dean Martin: Encore (Video) (lyrics: "Sometimes I'm Happy" - uncredited)
 2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie ("Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody")
 2004 Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best (Video short) (writer: "If I Forget You")
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile (writer: "Tea for Two")
 2002 Naked (writer: "I Want to be Happy")
 2002 The Simpsons (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Weekend at Burnsie's (2002) ... ("Tea For Two", uncredited)
 2002 Sex and the City (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Change of a Dress (2002) ... (writer: "Tea For Two")
 2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 2000 O Cravo e a Rosa (TV Series) (writer: "Tea For Two")
 1999 The Bachelor (writer: "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (Medley)")
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (writer: "Just A Gigolo" (1929))
 1999 Mickey Blue Eyes (writer: "Just a Gigolo")
 1999 Entrapment (writer: "I Want to Be Happy")
 1998 Alice and Martin (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1998 The Roseanne Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1998) ... (writer: "I Want to Be Happy")
 1998 Looney Tunes Sing-Alongs (Video short) (writer: "Tea For Two")
 1997 Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Animal Crackers in My Soup" - uncredited)
 1995 Forget Paris (writer: "Tea For Two")
 1995 Stuart Saves His Family (writer: "I Want To Be Happy")
 1994 Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- A National Heirloom (1994) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1994 Bullets Over Broadway (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm")
 1993 Mad Dog and Glory (lyrics: "Just a Gigolo" (1929) - as Irving Caeser)
 1992 Mac (writer: "JUST A GIGOLO (I AIN'T GOT NOBODY)")
 1992 The Mambo Kings (writer: "Tea For Two")
 1991 Only the Lonely (writer: "UMBRIAGO")
 1991 Oscar (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm" (1928))
 1988 The Glory and Misery of Human Life (arranger: "Hold My Hand") / (writer: "Hold My Hand")
 1988 Torch Song Trilogy (lyrics: "I Want to Be Happy")
 1988 Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Documentary) (writer: "Just a Gigolo")
 1988 'Allo 'Allo (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Desperate Doings in the Dungeon (1988) ... (lyrics: "I Want To Be Happy" - uncredited)
 1988 The Woman He Loved (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1987 Orphans (writer: "IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT DIXIE")
 1987 Fellini's Intervista (writer: "Tea for Two" - as Caesar)
 1986 Daar gaat de bruid (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1986 The Golden Girls (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Operation (1986) ... (writer: "Tea For Two" - uncredited)
 1984 A Passage to India (writer: "Tea For Two")
 1981 George Burns' Early, Early, Early Christmas Special (TV Special) (writer: "Tea for Two/I Ain't Got Nobody" - uncredited)
 1981 American Pop (lyrics: "Swanee")
 1980 Big Blonde (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Sometimes I'm Happy")
 1979 Bassie en Adriaan en het geheim van de sleutel (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Een sleutel als losgeld (1979) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
  The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1977 - 1979) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1979)
- Elke Sommer (1979) ... (lyrics: "Animal Crackers in My Soup" - uncredited)
- Harry Belafonte (1979) ... (writer: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
- Rich Little (1977) ... (writer: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1979 Charlie's Angels (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Counterfeit Angels (1979) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1978 Just a Gigolo (lyrics: "Just A Gigolo")
 1978 Pennies from Heaven (TV Mini-Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Easy Come, Easy Go (1978) ... (lyrics: "Oh, You Nasty Man" - uncredited)
 1978 Bye Bye Monkey (lyrics: "Tea for Two"(1925) - uncredited)
  All You Need Is Love (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1977) (performer - 1 episode, 1977)
- Always Chasing Rainbows: Tin Pan Alley (1977) ... (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm" - uncredited) / (performer: "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?", "In My Merry Oldsmobile", "In the Land of the Buffalo", "Old Folks at Home" - uncredited)
 1976 The Waltons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Last Mustang (1976) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1976 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Der Tag (1976) ... (lyrics: "Swanee")
 1975 Grey Gardens (Documentary) (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1974 All in the Family (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- George and Archie Make a Deal (1974) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1974 Harry and Tonto (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1973 The Age of Ballyhoo (Video documentary) (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm")
 1972 Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... ("I Want to Be Happy")
 1971 Our American Musical Heritage (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 September 1971 (1971) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1971 Sez Les (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.3 (1971) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1971 What's the Matter with Helen? (writer: "Animal Crackers in My Soup", "Oh, You Nasty Man")
 1970 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Big Record (1970) ... (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
  The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1969) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1960)
- Episode #22.15 (1969) ... (writer: "Is it True What They Say About Dixie?")
- Episode #13.43 (1960) ... (lyrics: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" - uncredited)
  The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1968) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1967)
- Episode dated 4 January 1968 (1968) ... (writer: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 19 October 1967 (1967) ... (lyrics: "I Want to Be Happy" - uncredited)
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- A Coffin Too Frequent (1967) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1967 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Wish You Were Here (1967) ... (lyrics: "I Want to Be Happy" - uncredited)
 1961-1967 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Songs of the South (1967) ... (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
- Episode #6.31 (1961) ... (lyrics: "Just a Gigolo" - uncredited)
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.21 (1965) ... (lyrics: "Swanee")
 1965 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tangled Web (1965) ... (writer: "Tea For Two" - uncredited)
  The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1964)
- Episode #2.25 (1965) ... (lyrics: "Swanee")
- Episode #1.16 (1964) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1964 New American Bandstand 1965 (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.36 (1964) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
  The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes, 1963) (music - 1 episode, 1963) (writer - 1 episode, 1962)
- Amateur Show (1963) ... (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
- Jack Meets Max Bygraves (1963) ... (lyrics: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" - uncredited) / (music: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" - uncredited)
- The Bob Hope Show (1962) ... (writer: "Tea For Two" - uncredited)
 1963 The Avengers (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- School for Traitors (1963) ... (lyrics: "Tea For Two")
 1962 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Golden Horseshoe Revue (1962) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two")
 1962 The Judy Garland Show (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Swanee")
 1962 The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers (TV Movie) (writer: "Swanee")
 1959-1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Old Man Danny (1961) ... (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
- Shirley Jones Makes Good (1959) ... (lyrics: "Tea For Two" - uncredited)
 1961 Peter Gunn (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blind Item (1961) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1958-1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 25 May 1960 (1960) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two Cha Cha Cha" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 4 October 1958 (1958) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1958 The Eddie Fisher Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 23 October 1958 (1958) ... (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1958) ... (writer: "Tea for Two")
 1957 The Edsel Show (TV Special) (lyrics: "I Want to Be Happy", "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story (lyrics: "I Want to Be Happy" - uncredited)
 1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.15 (1957) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two")
- Episode #1.10 (1957) ... (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm")
 1956 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Jeannie the Cook (1956) ... (lyrics: "I Want To Be Happy" - uncredited)
 1955 Hit the Deck (lyrics: "Sometimes I'm Happy" (1927) - uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1954 The Black Glove (lyrics: "Just a Gigolo" - uncredited)
 1953 The Ford 50th Anniversary Show (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Tea for Two")
 1953 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Gracie on Train/Murder (1953) ... (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1952 The Story of Will Rogers (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (lyrics: "TEA FOR TWO")
 1952 The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.25 (1952) ... (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm")
 1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (lyrics: "Vienna Dreams" - uncredited)
 1951 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.37 (1951) ... (writer: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie")
 1950 I'll Get By (lyrics: "Yankee Doodle Blues")
 1950 The Morey Amsterdam Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.20 (1950) ... (lyrics: "Tea for Two")
 1950 Tea for Two (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm", "Tea for Two", "I Want to Be Happy", "The Call of the Sea" (uncredited))
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (lyrics: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?", "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1948 On an Island with You (writer: "I'll Do the Strut-Away (In My Cutaway)" (1944) - uncredited)
 1948 You Were Meant for Me (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm" - uncredited)
 1946 The Jolson Story (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (lyrics: "Swanee", "The Yankee Doodle Blues" - uncredited)
 1944 Music for Millions (writer: "Umbriago" (1944) - uncredited)
 1943 His Butler's Sister (writer: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" - uncredited)
 1941 Minstrel Days (Short) (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1940 No, No, Nanette (writer: "No No Nanette", "I Want To Be Happy", "Tea For Two")
 1940 If I Forget You (Short) (writer: "If I Forget You")
 1939 Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra (Short) (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm" - uncredited)
 1939 On the Air (Short) (lyrics: "Tea for Two" - uncredited)
 1939 Lying Lips (lyrics: "Tea for Two")
 1939 Dave Apollon and His Club Casanova Orchestra (Short) (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm" - uncredited)
 1939 Sundae Serenade (Short) (lyrics: "Crazy Rhythm" - uncredited)
 1938 Hold That Co-ed (music: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" (1936) - uncredited)
 1938 Melody Master Band: Music with a Smile (Short) (lyrics: "South American Joe" - uncredited)
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (lyrics: "Animal Crackers in My Soup")
 1937 Stand-In (writer: "Is it True What They Say About Dixie?" (1936) - uncredited)
 1936 Stowaway (lyrics: "That's What I Want for Christmas" (1935) - uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid (lyrics: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1935 Show Them No Mercy! (lyrics: "Oh, You Nasty Man")
 1935 Curly Top (lyrics: "Animal Crackers in My Soup" (1935) - uncredited)
 1934 George White's Scandals (lyrics: "Nasty Man", "Sweet and Simple", "Hold My Hand", "Cabin in the Cotton and The Cotton in the Cabin", "Six Women", "So Nice", "My Dog Loves Your Dog", "Every Day Is Father's Day With Baby", "Following In Mother's Footsteps") / (music: "Cabin in the Cotton and The Cotton in the Cabin")
 1932 Just a Gigolo (Short) (lyrics: "JUST A GIGOLO")
 1932 Crooner (lyrics: "Sweethearts Forever" - uncredited)
 1932 It's Got Me Again! (Short) (lyrics: "It's Got Me Again")
 1931 Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (Short) (lyrics: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1931 What Price Pants (Short) (lyrics: "Just a Gigolo")
 1931 Success (Short) (lyrics: "Just a Gigolo" - uncredited)
 1930 Hit the Deck (lyrics: "Sometimes I'm Happy")
 1930 No, No, Nanette (lyrics: "Tea for Two", "I Want to Be Happy" - uncredited)
 1929 Headin' South (Short) (lyrics: "Imagination")
 1928 Show Girl (writer: "Buy, Buy for Baby")
 1928 Lucky Boy (lyrics: "My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now" - uncredited)
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I'm an inarticulate composer, Believe me, if I could write music instead of lyrics I'd be glad to, because it's much easier. Why composers, even the great ones, ought to get down on their knees every day and say 'Thank God I'm a composer - it's so easy. I can write a tune every hour of the day or night, but thank God I do't have to write the words!' Look at the statistics. For every lyric-writer ... See more »

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