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Rudolf Friml (1879–1972)

Composer, songwriter ("Donkey Serenade", "Song of the Vagabonds") and pianist, educated at the Prague Conservatory and a music student of Anton Dvorak and Jiranek. He toured Europe as a concert pianist with violinist Jan Kubelik, and then toured America in 1901 and 1906. In 1912 he replaced Victor Herbert as the composer of the score for the ... See full bio »

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 2016 11.22.63 (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Kill Floor (2016) ... (writer: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
 2014 American Horror Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Massacres and Matinees (2014) ... (writer: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
 2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.7 (2012) ... (music: "The Donkey Serenade")
 2011 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- 21 (2011) ... (music: "Raggedy Rag/Everytime I Hear a Band Play" - uncredited)
 2009 BBC Proms (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Prom 22: A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals (2009) ... (music: "The Donkey Serenade")
 2003 Seabiscuit (writer: "Son of the Sun" - as Rudolf Frimi)
 1999 Man on the Moon (music: "Rose Marie" (1924))
 1999 Dudley Do-Right (writer: "Indian Love Call")
 1998 Psycho (writer: "Indian Love Call")
 1998 Such a Long Journey (writer: "The Donkey Serenade")
 1996 Mars Attacks! (writer: "Indian Love Call")
 1996 California's Gold (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Yosemite Firefall (1996) ... (music: "Indian Love Call" (1924) - uncredited)
 1994 Heavenly Creatures (music: "The Donkey Serenade" - as Friml)
 1993 Addams Family Values ("Indian Love Call")
 1988 Stars and Bars (music: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
 1987 Les Patterson Saves the World (music: "Rose Marie" - uncredited)
 1987 Radio Days (music: "The Donkey Serenade" (1923))
 1982 Kamata kôshinkyoku (writer: "Kamata kôshin-kyoku" (Based on "Song of the Vagabonds" from 1929 operetta "The Vagabond King") - as Rudolph Friml)
 1982 The 36th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (music: "Mounties", "Rose Marie", "Indian Love Call")
 1981 The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1979 Bugs Bunny's Valentine (TV Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1978-1979 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Inga (1979) ... (music: "Indian Love Call")
- Lil (1978) ... (music: "Indian Love Call")
 1978 Pennies from Heaven (TV Mini-Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Better Think Twice (1978) ... (music: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
 1976-1978 All in the Family (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Love Comes to the Butcher (1978) ... (music: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
- Archie's Secret Passion (1976) ... (music: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
 1976 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Jim Nabors (1976) ... (music: "Indian Love Call")
 1974 Chinatown ("Some Day", "The Vagabond King Waltz")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (music: "Indian Love Call" (1924) - uncredited)
 1972 Jag heter Stelios (music: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
 1972 Where Does It Hurt? (music: "When I'm Calling You" - uncredited)
 1971 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Everything's Coming Up Roses (1971) ... (music: "Only a Rose" - uncredited)
 1967 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Gomer, the Privileged Character (1967) ... (music: "Song Of The Vagabonds" - uncredited)
- The Show Must Go On (1967) ... (music: "Only A Rose" - uncredited)
 1965 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.26 (1965) ... (writer: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited)
 1963 The Judy Garland Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... (music: "Indian Love Call", "Rose Marie" - uncredited)
 1962 Bill of Hare (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1959 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #12.4 (1959) ... (music: "Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1959 Really Scent (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie) (music: "Rose-Marie")
 1958 Dog Tales (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1957 Ducking the Devil (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
  The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1956) (music - 1 episode, 1949)
- Episode #10.7 (1956) ... (writer: "Rose Marie/Indian Love Call")
- Episode #3.3 (1949) ... (music: "Indian Love Call" (as When I'm Calling You))
 1956 The Vagabond King ("This Same Heart", "Bon Jour", "Vive La You", "Comparisons", "Watch Out For The Devil") / (music: "Some Day", "Huguette Waltz", "Only a Rose", "Song of the Vagabonds" - uncredited)
 1955-1956 MGM Parade (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.24 (1956) ... (music: "The Donkey Song" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.25 (1955) ... (music: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow (music: "The Vagabond King Waltz")
 1955 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Public Speaker's Nightmare (1955) ... (music: "Indian Love Call")
 1954 La joie de vivre (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Marcelle Ferrand (1954) ... (music: "Chant indien (Rose-Marie)")
 1954 M-G-M Jubilee Overture (Short) (music: "The Donkey Serenade")
 1954 Rose Marie (music: "The Right Place For A Girl", "Mounties", "Free To Be Free", "Rose Marie", "Indian Love Call", "I Have The Love", "Totem Tom-Tom")
 1954 Dog Pounded (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1953 Robot Rabbit (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1953 Of Rice and Hen (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1953 Hare Trimmed (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1953 The Ford 50th Anniversary Show (TV Movie) (music: "Indian Love Call")
 1952 Little Beau Pepé (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1950-1952 The Voice of Firestone (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.26 (1952) ... (music: "March of the Musketeers")
- Episode #1.38 (1950) ... (music: "Song of the Vagabonds")
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth (music: "Only a Rose" (1925) - uncredited)
 1951 Room and Bird (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1951 Scent-imental Romeo (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1949 The House Across the Street (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1947 Northwest Outpost (music: "Weary", "Nearer Dearer", "Love Is the Time", "Tell Me with Your Eyes", "Raindrops on a Drum", "One More Mile to Go")
 1946 The Great Morgan (writer: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1946 Faithful in My Fashion (music: "L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour" - uncredited)
 1946 Musical Masterpieces (Short) (music: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1945 Jealousy (lyrics: "Jealousy") / (music: "Jealousy")
 1945 Anchors Aweigh (music: "The Donkey Serenade" (1923) - uncredited)
 1944 This Is the Life (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1943 Crazy House (music: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1943 Three Cheers for the Girls (Short) (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1943 Mission to Moscow (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1941 Za tichych noci (music: "Já pro Vàs pani má")
 1938 Queens of the Air (Short) ("Only a Rose")
 1937 Music for Madame (music: "My Sweet Bambina" (1937), "I Want the World to Know" (1937))
 1937 The Firefly (music: "Love Is Like a Firefly", "The Donkey Serenade", "Sympathy", "A Woman's Kiss", "Giannina Mia", "He Who Loves and Runs Away", "When a Maid Comes Knocking at Your Heart", "I Love You Don Diego", "The Donkey Serenade", "Giannina Mia: Finale" - uncredited)
 1936 Cain and Mabel (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" (1922) - uncredited)
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld (music: "March of the Musketeers" (1928) - uncredited)
 1936 På solsidan (music: "Valse Elise" - uncredited)
 1936 Rose-Marie (music: "The Mounties" (1924), "Rose Marie" (1924), "Totem Tom-Tom" (1924), "Just for You" (1936), "Indian Love Call" (1924) - uncredited)
 1935 Chasing Yesterday (writer: "The Donkey Serenade" (1923))
 1934 Babbitt (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited)
 1934 Dangerous Corner (music: "Chanson" - uncredited)
 1934 Housewife (music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" (1922) - uncredited)
 1934 Ben Pollack & His Orchestra (Short) (music: "L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour" - uncredited)
 1934 Bachelor Bait (music: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited)
 1932 Arsène Lupin (music: "Dance of the Maidens", "Romance" - uncredited)
 1931 Private Lives (music: "Chansonette" (1923) - uncredited)
 1931 The Man in Possession (music: "Chansonette" (1923) - uncredited)
 1930 Min and Bill (music: "Dance of the Maidens" - uncredited)
 1930 The Lottery Bride (music: "DRINKING SONG" (1930), "YUBLA" (1930), "MY NORTHERN LIGHT" (1930), "BROTHER LOVE" (1930), "SONG OF NAPOLI" (1930), "YOU'RE AN ANGEL" (1930), "I'LL FOLLOW THE TRAIL" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Ladies of Leisure (music: "Charlotte" - uncredited)
 1930 The Vagabond King (music: "Overture (Song of the Vagabonds)", "Some Day", "Song of the Vagabonds", "Only a Rose", "Huguette Waltz", "Love Me Tonight", "Nocturne", "Song of the Vagabonds" (reprise), "Finale: Only a Rose" - uncredited)
 1929 The Kiss (music: "Chanson" (Melodie) - uncredited)
 1929 The Single Standard (music: "Canzonetta" - uncredited)
 1927 Wings (writer: "Chanson")
 1927 Margaret McKee: Famous Whistler (Short) (music: "Giannina Mia" - uncredited)
 1925 The Lost World (music: "The Lost World" (1925) - uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Three Musketeers. Musical drama. Music by Rudolf Friml. Lyrics by Clifford Grey and P.G. Wodehouse. Book by William Anthony McGuire. Based on the story by Alexandre Dumas. Musical Director: Gus Salzer. Musical Staging by Albertina Rasch. Staged by Richard Boleslawski. Scenic Design by Joseph Urban. Costume Design by John ... See more »

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Father of Rudolf Friml Jr., who is sometimes confused with his father. Friml Jr. is a bandleader who sometimes made unbilled appearances in films. One of his few screen credits was as a pianist in an anti-marijuana B-movie. Friml Sr., the operetta composer, never made any film appearances, though he wrote music for quite a few films. Several of his stage operettas were filmed, the most famous ... See more »

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