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Buddy G. DeSylva (1895–1950)

Prolific songwriter ("April Showers", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Look for the Silver Lining", "California, Here I Come"), composer, producer, publisher and author, educated at USC. He wrote songs for the Broadway musicals "Sinbad", "Sally", "The Perfect Fool", "The French Doll", and the 1918 and 1921 editions of the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1925, he ... See full bio »

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 2014 Magic in the Moonlight (writer: "It All Depends On You" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2012 Parental Guidance (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - as B. G. DeSylva)
 2011 Water for Elephants (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Don't Tell Him What Happened to Me" - as BG De Sylva)
 2011 The Rite (writer: "Sonny Boy" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2010 Marmaduke (writer: "California" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (writer: "My Sin" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2010 Nanny McPhee Returns (as B.G. DeSylva, "The Best Things In Life Are Free")
 2007 The Water Horse (writer: "If I Had a Talking Picture of You" - as Buddy DeSylva)
 2007 The Good Life (writer: "Do It Again" - as Buddy DeSylva)
 2006 Click (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2005 These Foolish Things (lyrics: "Rise n Shine")
 2005 Fun with Dick and Jane (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2005 The White Countess (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - as B.G. Desylva)
 2005 The Clan (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 2004 The Aviator (lyrics: "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" (1922), "Avalon" (1920) - as Buddy DeSylva) / (music: "Avalon" (1920) - as Buddy DeSylva)
 2004 Melinda and Melinda (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2003 The Saddest Music in the World (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - as Buddy De Sylva)
 2003 Alex & Emma (writer: "It All Depends on You" - as BG De Sylvia)
 2003 Northfork (writer: "It All Depends on You" (1926) - as BG De Sylva)
 2001 Invincible (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee" (1928) - as B.G. de Sylva)
 2001 The Cat's Meow (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920), "Somebody Loves Me" (1924) - as B.G. DeSylva) / (writer: "April Showers" (1921), "California Here I Come" (1924) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2000 When Brendan Met Trudy (writer: "Sonny Boy" - as Buddy de Sylva)
 2000 Loser (writer: "The Best Things in Life are Free", "The Best Things in Life Are Free" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1999 The End of the Affair (writer: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" - as Buddy DeSylva)
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (lyrics: "When Day Is Done" (1926) - as Buddy DeSylva) / (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - as Buddy DeSylva)
 1999 Dogma (writer: "Alabamy Bound" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1999 Man of the Century (writer: "Look for the Silver Lining" - as Bud DeSylva)
 1998 Zacharia Farted (lyrics: "HOLD TIGHT" (WANT SOME SEAFOOD MAMA)) / (music: "HOLD TIGHT" (WANT SOME SEAFOOD MAMA))
 1997 L.A. Confidential (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" (1920) - as Bud DeSylva)
 1996 Everyone Says I Love You (writer: "I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?" (1929) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1996 Jack (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1995 Jack & Sarah (writer: "Look for the Silver Lining")
 1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1993 Twenty Bucks (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1992 White Men Can't Jump (writer: "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1991 Shadows and Fog (as B.G. DeSylva, "When Day Is Done" (1926))
 1990/I Jacob's Ladder (writer: "SONNY BOY" - as B.G. de Silva)
 1987 September (as B.G. De Sylva, "When Day is Done")
 1987 The Brave Little Toaster (writer: "April Showers")
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters (writer: "Avalon" - as B.G. De Sylva)
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - as B.G. De Sylva)
 1985 The Sure Thing (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - as DeSylva)
 1983 Phar Lap (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1983 Zelig (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up" (1929) - as B.G. Desylva) / (music: "Sunny Side Up" (1929) - as B.G. Desylva)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (lyrics: "I Want to Be Bad" (1929), "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" (1931))
 1981 Arthur (writer: "If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)" - uncredited)
 1981 American Pop (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining", "Somebody Loves Me" - as B.G. De Sylva)
 1979 Something Short of Paradise (writer: "You Try Somebody Else" - as B. G. DeSylva)
 1976 A Matter of Time (lyrics: "Do It Again" - as B.G. DeSilva) / (music: "Do It Again" - as B.G. DeSilva)
 1976 The Ritz (lyrics: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1976 Seven Nights in Japan (writer: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
 1975 Philadelphia, Here I Come (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1974 The Front Page (as B.G. DeSylva, "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1974 California Split (lyrics: "You're an Old Smoothie" - 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)
 1971 Summer of '42 (writer: "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)" (1938) - uncredited)
 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - uncredited)
 1968 Star! (writer: "'N' Everything")
 1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye (writer: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1967 The Cool Ones (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues")
 1967 Stimulantia (writer: "Sunny Side Up" (segment "Upptäckten") - uncredited)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics: "Do It Again" - uncredited)
 1966 The Silencers (writer: "If You Knew Susie")
 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")
 1961 A Majority of One (lyrics: "Yoo-Hoo" - uncredited)
 1961 Susan Slade (writer: "California Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (writer: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1958 Senior Prom (lyrics: "Torna a Sorriento")
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story (lyrics: "Avalon", "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited)
 1956 Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (lyrics: "Save Your Sorrow")
 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", "Together", "It All Depends on You", "You Try Somebody Else (We'll Be Back Together Again)", "Without Love")
 1956 He Laughed Last (lyrics: "Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow") / (writer: "Strike me Pink")
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me (lyrics: "It All Depends On You" - uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born (lyrics: "Black Bottom" - uncredited)
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
 1952 The Jazz Singer (writer: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1952 Somebody Loves Me (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (lyrics: "CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME", "ALABAMY BOUND")
 1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1951 An American in Paris (lyrics: "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" (1922) - uncredited)
 1951 Lullaby of Broadway (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited)
 1950 Hunt the Man Down (writer: "WISHING WILL MAKE IT SO")
 1950 I'll Get By (lyrics: "Yankee Doodle Blues")
 1950 Chain Lightning (lyrics: "California, Here I Come")
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing (lyrics: "April Showers" (1921) - uncredited)
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (lyrics: "California, Here I Come", "April Showers", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1949 You're My Everything (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag", "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining", "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited)
 1949 A Kiss in the Dark (lyrics: "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited)
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1948 Bill and Coo (lyrics: "Tweet-Tweet")
 1948 April Showers (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1948 If You Knew Susie (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" (1925) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 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)
 1947 The Long Night (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" - uncredited)
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" - uncredited)
 1946 Margie (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat") / (writer: "APRIL SHOWERS", "Avalon")
 1946 The Jolson Story (lyrics: "April Showers", "California, Here I Come", "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1945 George White's Scandals (writer: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" - uncredited)
 1945 Anchors Aweigh (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" (1925) - uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (lyrics: "Blue Monday Blues", "Somebody Loves Me", " (I'll Build a) Stairway to Paradise", "Has One of You Seen Joe?", "I'm Gonna See My Mother", "The Yankee Doodle Blues", "Do It Again" - uncredited)
 1945 Diamond Horseshoe (writer: "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)" - uncredited)
 1945 The Affairs of Susan (writer: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
 1945 Eadie Was a Lady (lyrics: "EADIE WAS A LADY")
 1944 The Very Thought of You (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1944 Gildersleeve's Ghost (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1944 Show Business (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1924) - uncredited)
 1944 Follow the Boys (writer: "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)" (1938) - uncredited)
 1944 Broadway Rhythm (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1942 Cairo (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920) - uncredited)
 1942 Broadway (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1942 Roxie Hart (lyrics: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted", "Black Bottom")
 1941 Babes on Broadway (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - uncredited)
 1941 Unholy Partners (lyrics: "It All Depends on You")
 1941 Birth of the Blues (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1941 Unexpected Uncle (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1941 The Great American Broadcast (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1941 Penny Serenade (writer: "Just a Memory" - uncredited)
 1941 Meet John Doe (writer: "California, Here I Come" (1921) - uncredited)
 1940 Lucky Partners (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1940 Millionaires in Prison (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939)) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939))
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920))
 1940 Mexican Spitfire (writer: "Wishing Will Make It So")
 1939 The Great Victor Herbert (lyrics: "A Kiss in the Dark")
 1939 Reno (writer: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 These Glamour Girls (writer: "If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie" (1925) - uncredited)
 1939 Indianapolis Speedway (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1939 Panama Lady (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1939 The Rookie Cop (writer: "Wishing Will Make it So")
 1939 Love Affair (lyrics: "Wishing" (1939) - as B.G. De Sylva) / (music: "Wishing" (1939) - as B.G. De Sylva)
 1938 Sweethearts (music: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1938 Hard to Get (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1938 Torchy Blane in Panama (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1938 The Kid Comes Back (writer: "California Here I Come" (1921) - uncredited)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1937 Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (music: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1937 There Goes the Groom (lyrics: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid (lyrics: "California, Here I Come", "April Showers" - uncredited) / (writer: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" (1925), "Look for the Silver Lining" (1921) - uncredited)
 1936 Love on a Bet (writer: "California Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1936 King of Burlesque (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - uncredited)
 1935 The Littlest Rebel (lyrics: "Polly Wolly Doodle" (1880) - uncredited)
 1935 The Payoff (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1935 Music Is Magic (lyrics: "California, Here I Come") / (music: "California, Here I Come")
 1935 Under the Pampas Moon (lyrics: "The Gaucho")
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals (lyrics: "Black Bottom" (1926) - uncredited)
 1933 March of the Movies (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1933 Advice to the Lovelorn (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1933 Take a Chance (lyrics: "So Do I", "Rise 'n' Shine", "Should I Be Sweet (or Hot)?", "Eadie Was a Lady" - uncredited)
 1933 My Weakness (lyrics: "Gather Lip Rouge While You May", "Be Careful", "How Do I Look?") / (music: "Gather Lip Rouge While You May", "Be Careful", "How Do I Look?")
 1933 Melody Cruise (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1933 Grand Slam (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1932 Two Seconds (lyrics: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1932 The Mouthpiece (lyrics: "Just a Cottage Small (By a Waterfall)" - 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)")
 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 Queen High (writer: "Everything Will Happen for the Best")
 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 Sunnyside Up (lyrics: " (I'M A DREAMER) AREN'T WE ALL?", "YOU FIND THE TIME AND I'LL FIND THE PLACE", "YOU'VE GOT ME PICKIN' PETALS OFF O' DAISIES", "SUNNY SIDE UP", "TURN ON THE HEAT", "IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU", "IT'S GREAT TO BE NECKED")
 1929 Sally (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" (1920) - uncredited)
 1929 The Cock-Eyed World (writer: "You're The Cream In My Coffee")
 1929 Say It with Songs (lyrics: "I'm in Seventh Heaven", "Little Pal", "Used to You" - uncredited) / (writer: "Why Can't You" - 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")
 1928 The Singing Fool (lyrics: "It All Depends on You", "Keep Smiling at Trouble", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1928 Our Dancing Daughters (lyrics: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted" - uncredited)
 1928 Lucky Boy (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1923 April Showers (lyrics: "April Showers" - as B. G.De Sylva)
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Stage Play: Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 [Summer Edition]. Musical revue. Sketches by Ralph Spence and Eddie Cantor. Music by Victor Herbert, Louis A. Hirsch and Dave Stamper. Lyrics by Gene Buck. Musical Direction by Oscar Radin. Additional music by Charles Tobias, Eddie Cantor, Jean Schwartz, Ernest Breuer, Walter Donaldson and Turner Layton... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Portrayals | See more »

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