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Walter Donaldson (I) (1893–1947)

Composer, songwriter ("Yes, Sir, That's My Baby", "My Buddy", "My Mammy", "My Blue Heaven", "Makin' Whoopie"), author, pianist and publisher, educated in public schools and then a worker in a Wall Street brokerage firm, becoming a pianist for a music publishing firm. During World War I, he entertained at Camp Upton in New York, and then joined the... See full bio »

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 2016 Café Society (writer: "It's Been So Long", "Did I Remember")
 2015 Louder Than Bombs (music: "Love Me Or Leave Me")
 2014 Alles ist Liebe (writer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me")
 2014 The Lego Movie (writer: "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm")
 2014 William's Lullaby (writer: "My Mammy")
 2012 On the Road (writer: "I've Got The World On A String")
 2011 J. Edgar (writer: "My Blue Heaven", "At Sundown")
 2011 The Deep Blue Sea (writer: "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm?")
 2011 Chillerama (music: "My Blue Heaven")
 2009 Get Low (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1924))
 2009 Public Enemies (music: "Love Me or Leave Me" (1928))
 2008 Easy Virtue (writer: "Makin Whoopee")
 2006 Flyboys (writer: "How Ya Gunna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)")
 2006 The Last Winter (writer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me")
 2005 Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (music: "Makin' Whoopee")
 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck. (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy" (1930))
 2005 Wah-Wah (writer: "Okay Toots")
 2004 Keisarikunta (writer: "Love Me Or Leave Me")
 2004 Narco (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 2004 Being Julia (writer: "You")
 2003 En la ciudad (writer: "Love Me or Leave Me")
 2002 Hollywood Ending (music: "It's Been So Long" (1935))
 2001 Mean Machine (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy")
 2001 The Cat's Meow (writer: "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? (After They've Seen Paree)" (1919))
 2001 Evolution (writer: "Makin' Whoopee")
 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance (writer: "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm After They've Seen Paree?")
 2000 Bamboozled (music: "My Mammy" (1921) - uncredited)
 2000 Yoyes (writer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me")
 2000 The Next Best Thing (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 2000 28 Days (music: "Carolina in the Morning" (1922))
 1999 The Woman Chaser (writer: "My Buddy")
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 1998 Pleasantville (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 1998 Celebrity (music: "Did I Remember (To Tell You I Adore You)" (1936))
 1998 Dancing at Lughnasa (music: "Yes Sir! That's My Baby" (1925))
 1998 Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (writer: "Love Me or Leave Me")
 1997 Ogifta par ...en film som skiljer sig (writer: "WHAT CAN I SAY AFTER I SAY I'M SORRY?")
 1997 The Game (writer: "Hiawatha's Lullaby")
 1997 Con Air (music: "Carolina In The Morning")
 1997 Buddy (writer: "My Buddy")
 1997 L.A. Confidential (music: "Makin' Whoopee" (1928))
 1996 Everyone Says I Love You (writer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me" (1930), "Makin' Whoopee" (1928))
 1996 Mulholland Falls (writer: "That Certain Party")
 1996 Stealing Beauty (writer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me")
 1996 Sztracsatella (writer: "Ez történt Lellén")
 1995 Antonia's Line (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (writer: "Makin' Whoopee")
 1994 Shallow Grave (writer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me")
 1994 Cobb (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy")
 1994 Love Affair (writer: "Changes")
 1994 Clean Slate (music: "YES SIR, THAT'S MY BABY" - as W. Donaldson)
 1994 Good Night, Irene (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 1993 The Pelican Brief (writer: "My Mammy")
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (writer: "Makin' Whoopee")
 1993 The Night We Never Met (writer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me")
 1993 Arizona Dream ("You're Driving Me Crazy")
 1992 Peter's Friends (writer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me")
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night (music: "My Buddy")
 1992 Husbands and Wives (music: "Makin' Whoopee" (1928))
 1992 The Long Day Closes (writer: "At Sundown")
 1991 Fried Green Tomatoes (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 1991 Bix (writer: "Japanese Mammy")
 1991 The Marrying Man (writer: "YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY (WHAT DID I DO?)")
 1991 L.A. Story (writer: "I've Had My Moments", "Clouds")
 1990/I My Blue Heaven (music: "My Blue Heaven")
 1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys (writer: "Makin' Whoopee")
 1988 Aloha Summer (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)")
 1987 Hamlet liikemaailmassa (writer: "Love Me or Leave Me (Rakasta tai hylkää)")
 1987 Intervista (music: "Yes Sir That's My Baby" - as Donaldson)
 1987/II Macbeth (writer: "Love Me or Leave Me")
 1986 The Whoopee Boys ("MAKIN' WHOOPEE")
 1986 Miss Mary (writer: "It's Been So Long" - as Donaldson)
 1986 Heartburn (writer: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby")
 1986 Absolute Beginners (writer: "My Mammy" - as W. Donaldson)
 1984 Maria's Lovers (writer: "Makin' Whoopee")
 1984 Undercover (music: "Yes Sir That's My Baby")
 1983 Phar Lap (writer: "Little White Lies" - uncredited)
 1982 Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (music: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited)
 1979 Agatha (music: "Yes Sir That's My Baby")
 1978 The One and Only ("MY MAMMY")
 1977 Julia (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1927) - uncredited)
 1976 Apple Pie (music: "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm")
 1976 Sweet Young Sins (writer: "Makin' Whoopee" - uncredited)
 1975 Hearts of the West (writer: "You Never Looked So Beautiful", "Did I Remember?" - uncredited)
 1975 Smile (music: "Yes Sir! That's My Baby" (1925) - as Donaldson)
 1974 The Great Gatsby (writer: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby")
 1972 Pulp (writer: "Little White Lies" - uncredited)
 1972 The Ruling Class (writer: "My Blue Heaven" - uncredited)
 1971 The Abominable Dr. Phibes (writer: " (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?")
 1970 MASH (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1927) - uncredited)
 1970 The Only Game in Town (music: "My Blue Heaven" - uncredited)
 1969 Mondo Trasho (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy")
 1965 A Thousand Clowns (music: "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" (1925) - uncredited)
 1964 Swingers' Paradise (writer: "My Mammy " - uncredited)
 1963 The Stripper (writer: "Romance" - uncredited)
 1959 The Five Pennies (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1927) - uncredited)
 1959 Little Rascals Varieties (music: "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)")
 1958 No Time for Sergeants (music: "My Buddy" - uncredited)
 1957 The Joker Is Wild (writer: "At Sundown" - uncredited)
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (writer: "It's Been So Long")
 1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (lyrics: "You're Driving Me Crazy") / (music: "You're Driving Me Crazy")
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues (music: "After I Say I'm Sorry" - uncredited)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me (music: "Love Me or Leave Me", "My Blue Heaven" - uncredited) / (writer: "Sam, the Old Accordion Man", "At Sundown (Love Is Calling Me Home)", " (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?" - uncredited)
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story (music: "Makin' Whoopee", "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)", "Yes Sir! That's My Baby" - uncredited)
 1953 Half a Hero (music: "My Blue Heaven")
 1952 Everything I Have Is Yours (music: "My Heart Skips a Beat", "General Hiram Johnson Jefferson Brown")
 1952 The Winning Team (music: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited)
 1951 I'll See You in My Dreams (music: "My Buddy", "Yes Sir! That's My Baby", "Carolina in the Morning", "Love Me or Leave Me", "Makin' Whoopee" - uncredited)
 1951 Strangers on a Train (music: "Carolina in the Morning" (1922) - uncredited)
 1951 Half Angel (music: " (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?" - uncredited)
 1951 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (lyrics: "You're Driving Me Crazy" - uncredited) / (music: "You're Driving Me Crazy" - uncredited)
 1950 My Blue Heaven (music: "My Blue Heaven" - uncredited)
 1950 The Big Hangover (writer: "At Sundown (When Love Is Calling Me Home)" - uncredited)
 1950 The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (music: "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady")
 1950 Young Man with a Horn (music: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited)
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing (music: "Carolina in the Morning" (1922) - uncredited)
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (music: "Carolina in the Morning", "My Mammy" - uncredited)
 1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby (music: "Yes Sir! That's My Baby")
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining (music: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited)
 1949 Mother Is a Freshman (writer: " (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?" - uncredited)
 1949 A Letter to Three Wives (music: "My Blue Heaven" - uncredited)
 1948 Fighter Squadron (music: "My Buddy" - uncredited)
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (music: "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady", "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)")
 1948 April Showers (music: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited)
 1947 Hollywood Bound (music: "My Blue Heaven")
 1947 Brighton Rock (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)" - uncredited)
 1947 The Flame (music: "Love Me or Leave Me" - uncredited)
 1947 Swing the Western Way (music: "Nevada")
 1947 The Fabulous Dorseys (writer: "At Sundown" - uncredited)
 1947 Johnny O'Clock (writer: "Little White Lies" - uncredited)
 1946 The Jolson Story (music: "My Mammy" - uncredited)
 1945 The Dolly Sisters (music: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited)
 1945 Tell It to a Star (music: "Love Me or Leave Me")
 1945 It's a Pleasure (music: "Romance")
 1944 Music for Millions (writer: "At Sundown" (1927) - uncredited)
 1944 My Buddy (music: "My Buddy")
 1944 Greenwich Village (music: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited)
 1944 Kansas City Kitty ("Kansas City Kitty")
 1944 Once Upon a Time (music: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" - uncredited)
 1944 Show Business (music: "Makin' Whoopee" (1928) - uncredited)
 1944 This Is the Life (writer: "At Sundown" - uncredited)
 1944 Follow the Boys (music: "Tonight" (1944))
 1944 Moon Over Las Vegas (writer: "My Blue Heaven")
 1944 Beautiful But Broke (music: "We're Keeping It Private")
 1943 Never a Dull Moment (music: "My Blue Heaven")
 1943 Happy Land (music: "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)" - uncredited)
 1943 Swing Fever (music: " (I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You")
 1943 Thousands Cheer (music: " (I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You" - uncredited)
 1943 So's Your Uncle (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)")
 1943 Gals, Incorporated (writer: " (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?" - uncredited)
 1943 What's Buzzin', Cousin? (writer: "Nevada")
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady (writer: " (I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You" (1926))
 1943 Hi, Buddy (music: "How Ya Gonna Keep Them Down on the Farm")
 1942 When Johnny Comes Marching Home (writer: "Romance" - uncredited)
 1942 Pittsburgh (lyrics: "At Sundown") / (music: "At Sundown")
 1942 For Me and My Gal (music: "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)" (1919) - uncredited)
 1942 Tish (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1927) - uncredited)
 1942 Bells of Capistrano (writer: "At Sundown")
 1942 Panama Hattie (music: "(Did I Get Stinkin') At the Savoy" (1940))
 1942 Give Out, Sisters (writer: "The New Generation")
 1942 A Gentleman After Dark (music: "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm" (1919) - uncredited)
 1942 Broadway (music: "Yes Sir! That's My Baby" - uncredited)
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl (music: "You Never Looked So Beautiful" (1936), "You Gotta Pull Strings" (1936) - uncredited)
 1941 Penny Serenade (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1924) - uncredited)
 1940 You'll Find Out (music: " (I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You" (1926) - uncredited)
 1940 Hullabaloo (music: "My Mammy" (1921) - uncredited)
 1940 Knute Rockne All American (music: "Carolina in the Morning" (1922) - uncredited)
 1940 Sandy Is a Lady (music: "Could Be")
 1940 Two Girls on Broadway (music: "Maybe It's the Moon" (1940), "Rancho Santa Fe" (1940), "True Love" (1940) - uncredited)
 1940 It All Came True (music: "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" (1918) - uncredited)
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong (music: " (I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You" (1926), "My Mammy" (1921) - uncredited) / (writer: "Fit to Be Tied" (1939))
 1939 On Dress Parade (music: "My Buddy" (1922) - uncredited)
 1939 The Roaring Twenties (music: "Beside A Babbling Brook", "Carolina in the Morning" (1922) (uncredited))
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1927), "Carolina in the Morning" (1922))
 1939 In Old Monterey (music: "My Buddy" (1922) - uncredited)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square (music: "My Mammy" - uncredited)
 1939 Broadway Serenade (music: "Time Changes Everything" (1939))
 1938 Boys Town (music: "My Mammy" (1921) - uncredited)
 1938 You Can't Take It with You (music: "Just Once Again" (1927) - uncredited)
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town (music: "Makin' Whoopee" (1930) - uncredited)
 1937 Madame X (music: "You're Setting Me on Fire" (1937))
 1937 Saratoga (music: "Saratoga" (1937), "The Horse with the Dreamy Eyes" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 Good Old Soak (music: "You've Got a Certain Something")
 1937 Man of the People (music: "Let Me Day Dream" (1937) - uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man (music: "Blow That Horn" (1936))
 1936 Sinner Take All (music: "I'd Be Lost Without You" (1936))
 1936 Libeled Lady (music: "You" (1936) - uncredited)
 1936 Piccadilly Jim (music: "Night of Nights")
 1936 His Brother's Wife (music: "Can't We Fall in Love" (1936) - uncredited)
 1936 Suzy (music: "Did I Remember (To Tell You I Adore You)?" (1936))
 1936 The Singing Kid (music: "My Mammy" - uncredited)
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld (music: "You Gotta Pull Strings" (1936), "She's a Follies Girl" (1936), "You" (1936), "You Never Looked So Beautiful" (1936), "Queen of the Jungle" (1936), "Makin' Whoopee" (1928), "It's Been So Long" (1935) - uncredited)
 1936 The Lady Consents (music: "My Blue Heaven" (1927) - uncredited)
 1935 Rendezvous (music: "My Buddy" - uncredited)
 1935 Here Comes the Band (music: "Tender Is the Night" (1935))
 1935 After Office Hours (writer: "Forsaking All Others", "You've Got Everything" - uncredited)
 1934 Forsaking All Others (music: "Forsaking All Others" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 The Gay Bride (music: "Mississippi Honeymoon")
 1934 Kid Millions (music: "An Earful of Music" (1934), "When My Ship Comes In" (1934), "Okay, Toots" (1934), "Ice Cream Fantasy" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Million Dollar Ransom (writer: "You'll Never Know" - uncredited)
 1934 The Girl from Missouri (music: "Feelin' High", "I've Had My Moments" - uncredited)
 1934 Boots! Boots! (writer: "My Mum")
 1934 Operator 13 (music: "Once In a Lifetime" (1934), "The Colonel, Major and the Captain" (1934), "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (1934), "Sleepy Head" (1934), "Jungle Fever" (1934), "There's Someone Dreaming Tonight", "Little Liza Lee", "My Heart Will Sing" - uncredited) / (writer: "Other Songs" - uncredited)
 1934 Let's Talk It Over (writer: "Long Live Love")
 1934 Hollywood Party (music: "Feelin' High" (1934), "I've Had My Moments" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Riptide (music: "Riptide" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Success at Any Price (writer: "Little White Lies" (1930) - uncredited)
 1933 By Candlelight (music: "Long Live Love" - uncredited)
 1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady (music: "You've Got Everything" - uncredited)
 1933 Bombshell (music: "You've Got Everything" - uncredited)
 1933 Tugboat Annie (writer: "Oh Lovely Be Mine", "Hello Beautiful" - uncredited)
 1933 Pilgrimage (music: "How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (1919)" - uncredited)
 1932 Pack Up Your Troubles (music: "My Buddy" (1922) - uncredited)
 1932 Big City Blues (music: "My Baby Just Cares for Me" - uncredited)
 1932 Blondie of the Follies (music: "Hello Gorgeous" - uncredited)
 1932 Daïnah la métisse (music: "Little White Lies" - uncredited)
 1932 Roar of the Dragon (lyrics: "Little White Lies" (1930) - uncredited) / (music: "Little White Lies" (1930) - uncredited)
 1932 Hell-Fire Austin (music: "My Buddy")
 1932 Lady with a Past (writer: "You're Driving Me Crazy" (1930) - uncredited)
 1931 Private Lives (music: "A Shady Tree" (1927) - uncredited)
 1931 Chances (music: "My Buddy" (1922) - uncredited)
 1931 Always Goodbye (writer: "Hello Beautiful")
 1931 Dance, Fools, Dance (music: "Little White Lies" (1930) - uncredited)
 1931 Dirigible (music: "Little White Lies" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Whoopee! (music: "Cowboys" (1930), "Makin' Whoopee" (1928), "Today's the Day" (1930), "A Girl Friend of a Boy Friend of Mine" (1930), "Makin' Waffles" (1930), "My Baby Just Cares for Me" (1930), "Stetson" (1930), "The Song of the Setting Sun" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Rain or Shine (writer: "Romance" - uncredited)
 1930 Young Man of Manhattan ("My Blue Heaven", uncredited)
 1930 Mammy (music: "My Mammy", "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" - uncredited)
 1930 Elstree Calling (writer: "Tain't No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones)")
 1930 Cameo Kirby (music: "Romance", "After a Million Dreams", "Home Is Heaven - Heaven Is Home")
 1929 Hot for Paris (music: "Duke of Ka-ki-ak", "Sweet Nothings of Love", "If You Want to See Paree", "Sing Your Little Folk Song", "Cuckoo Song")
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl (music: "Changes" (1927), "At Sundown (When Love Is Calling Me Home)" (1927) - uncredited) / (writer: "There Must Be Somebody Waiting for Me" (1929), "Sam, the Old Accordion Man" (1927) - uncredited)
 1929 Flight (music: "My Mammy" (1921) - uncredited)
 1929 The Dance of Life (writer: "Sam, the Old Accordian Man")
 1929 Why Be Good? (music: "Changes" - uncredited)
 1929 Synthetic Sin (writer: "Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now" - uncredited)
 1928 Scarlet Seas (writer: "Just Like a Melody Out of the Sky" - uncredited)
 1928 Show People (music: "My Buddy" (1922) - uncredited)
 1928 Warming Up (writer: "Out of the Dawn")
 1928 Hit of the Show (writer: "You're in Love and I'm in Love" - uncredited)
 1927 Love (music: "That Melody of Love" (1927) - uncredited)
 1927 The Jazz Singer (music: "My Mammy" (1918) - uncredited)
 1927 Wings (writer: "My Buddy")
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