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L. Wolfe Gilbert (1886–1970)

Songwriter ("Green Eyes", "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee", "Ramona", "The Peanut Vendor"), author and publisher who came to the US in 1887 and was educated in local public schools, and then became a singer in amateur-night contests, and later a vaudeville and cafe entertainer. He toured with John L. Sullivan. Coming to Hollywood in 1929, he wrote ... See full bio »

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 2017/I Damsel (writer: "Down Yonder") (post-production)
 2015 De nærmeste (writer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes")
 2014 Jersey Boys (writer: "My Mother's Eyes")
 2012 Moeder, ik wil bij de revue (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- De voorstelling (2012) ... (lyrics: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 2011 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ourselves Alone (2011) ... (writer: "Down Yonder" - uncredited)
 2011 Mildred Pierce (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Part Three (2011) ... (writer: "The peanut vendor")
 2010 Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?: 1929-1941 (2010) ... (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 2010 The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Whites (2010) ... (lyrics: "Waitin' on the Robert E. Lee")
 2009 My Music: The Big Band Years (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Green Eyes")
 2003 Comandante (Documentary) (writer: "Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)")
 2001 Wolf Girl (TV Movie) (writer: "The Right Kind of Man")
 2001 Town & Country (lyrics: "The Peanut Vendor" (1931))
 2000 With a Friend Like Harry... (writer: "Ramona" - as L.W. Gilbert)
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (lyrics: "The Peanut Vendor" (1927))
 1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (lyrics: "Hello, Aloha (How Are You?)" - uncredited)
 1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little (writer: "Marta")
  Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1996 - 1997) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1997)
- Tralala 2 bzw. 40 (1997) ... (writer: "Ramona" - uncredited)
- Unplugged (42) (1997) ... (lyrics: "Ramona" - uncredited)
- That's 34 (1996) ... (writer: "Ramona" - uncredited)
- Thirtyone (1996) ... (writer: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 1996 Tu nombre envenena mis sueños (writer: "Ramona" - as L.W. Gilbert)
 1995 Land and Freedom (lyrics: "A Las Mujeres"/"Ramona" (1928) - as Wolfe Gilbert)
 1991 Fires Within (writer: "Suavecito")
 1982 Frances (writer: "This Is Your Life" (theme music))
 1982 The Amazing Adventures of Mr. F. Lea (Video Game) (writer: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee")
 1981 Reds (writer: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee")
 1981 Zoot Suit (writer: "Green Eyes" - uncredited)
 1977 All You Need Is Love (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Always Chasing Rainbows: Tin Pan Alley (1977) ... (lyrics: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 1976 Nickelodeon (writer: "Wating for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1976 Sven Klangs kvintett (lyrics: "Ramona") / (writer: "Ramona")
 1975 The Killer Elite (lyrics: "Ramona" (1928) - uncredited)
 1975 The Day of the Locust ("MAMA DON'T WANT NO PEAS AN' RICE AN' COCOANUT OIL")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (1912) - uncredited)
 1972 Der Tod der Maria Malibran (lyrics: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 1967 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Songs of the South (1967) ... (writer: "Down Yonder" - uncredited)
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.21 (1965) ... (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee")
 1965 Mister Ed (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Ed the Godfather (1965) ... (lyrics: "My Mother's Eyes' - uncredited)
 1953-1964 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- The Quiz Show (1964) ... (lyrics: "My Mother's Eyes" - uncredited)
- Mother-in-Law (1953) ... (lyrics: "My Mother's Eyes" - uncredited)
 1963 I've Got a Secret (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 18 March 1963 (1963) ... (writer: "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee")
 1962 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1962) ... (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee")
 1962 Tender Is the Night (lyrics: "Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time" - uncredited)
  The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1961) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1960)
- Cliff Arquette (1961) ... (writer: "My Mother's Eyes" - uncredited)
- Shari Lewis (1960) ... (lyrics: "Waiting' for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
- Craig Stevens (1959) ... (writer: "My Mother's Eyes" - uncredited)
- José Ferrer (1958) ... (writer: "My Mother's Eyes" - uncredited)
 1960-1961 You Bet Your Life (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #11.19 (1961) ... (writer: "Waiting On The Robert E. Lee")
- Episode #10.30 (1960) ... (writer: "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1956-1961 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Don's Anniversary (1961) ... (writer: "Down Yonder" - uncredited)
- Jack Tries to Get a Passport to Europe (1956) ... (writer: "I Miss My Swiss (excerpt)" - uncredited)
 1960 The George Burns Show (TV Special) (lyrics: "Lily of the Valley")
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.10 (1957) ... (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1957 The Wings of Eagles ("Mama Inez", uncredited)
 1957 Ranch Party (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1957) ... (writer: "Down Yonder")
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me (lyrics: "I Miss My Swiss (My Swiss Miss Misses Me)" - uncredited)
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Sting of Death (1955) ... (lyrics: "Ramona" (1928) - uncredited)
 1955 This Is Your Music (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Mississippi Showboat (1955) ... (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee")
 1954 A Star Is Born (lyrics: "The Peanut Vendor (El Manicero)" - uncredited)
 1954 Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 27 February 1954 (1954) ... (writer: "Mama Inez")
 1952 Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series) ("Hopalong Cassidy March")
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1949 The Ski's the Limit (Short) (lyrics: "I Miss My Swiss (My Swiss Miss Misses Me)")
 1949 Alimony (lyrics: "Lullaby" - as Wolfe Gilbert) / (lyrics: "That's How Dreams Are Made", "You Are All the World to Me")
 1949 Tucson (lyrics: "Nobody's Lost on the Lonesome Trail", "Ringing the New Year In")
 1948 Luxury Liner (writer: "The Peanut Vendor" - uncredited)
 1948 My Brother Jonathan (writer: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1947 Mother Wore Tights (lyrics: "Lily of the Valley" - uncredited)
 1947 Kathy's Love Affair (lyrics: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 1947 Carnival in Costa Rica (lyrics: "Maria La O (Maria My Own))
 1947 The Fabulous Dorseys (lyrics: "Green Eyes (Aquellos ojos verdes)")
 1946 The Jolson Story (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1945 Eadie Was a Lady (lyrics: "SHE'S A GYPSY FROM BROOKLYN")
 1944 Lake Placid Serenade (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1944 Beautiful But Broke (lyrics: "Mr. Jive Has Gone to War")
 1943 Variety Jubilee (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1942 When Johnny Comes Marching Home (writer: "My Little Dream Girl")
 1942 Cairo (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (1912) - uncredited)
 1941 Babes on Broadway (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (1912) - uncredited)
 1941 Hellzapoppin' ("Waiting for the Robert E. Lee", uncredited)
 1941 Romance of the Rio Grande ("You'll Find Your Answer in My Eyes")
 1940 My Son, My Son! (writer: "My Son, My Son")
 1939 Eternally Yours (lyrics: "ETERNALLY YOURS")
 1939 Colorado Sunset (lyrics: "Colorado Sunset" (1939))
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings (lyrics: "The Peanut Vendor" (1931) - uncredited)
 1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1938 Knight of the Plains (lyrics: "When We Heard the Music Play Home, Sweet, Home," - uncredited) / (music: "When We Heard the Music Play Home, Sweet, Home," - uncredited)
 1937 The Toast of New York (lyrics: "Temptation Waltz" (1937))
 1937 Off to the Races (lyrics: "Meet the Family")
 1937 Good Morning, Boys (writer: "Hitchy Koo" - uncredited)
 1936 Ramona (lyrics: "Ramona" (1927) - uncredited)
 1936 Oh, Susanna! (lyrics: "Ride On Vaquero" (1929) - uncredited)
 1936 Wife vs. Secretary (lyrics: "Mama Inez" - uncredited) / (writer: "Peanut Vendor" - uncredited)
 1936 Riffraff (lyrics: "Shake Yo' Feet" - uncredited)
 1935 Tuned Out (Short) (lyrics: "Opened My Eyes" - uncredited)
 1935 Here Comes the Band (lyrics: "The Peanut Vendor" (1931) - uncredited)
 1935 Stormy Weather (writer: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 1935 The Nitwits (lyrics: "You Opened My Eyes" (1935))
 1934 The Big Idea (Short) (lyrics: "Marta")
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts (lyrics: "Marta (Rambling Rose of the Wildwood)" (1931) - uncredited)
 1933 Roman Scandals (lyrics: "Put a Tax on Love" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 No dejes la puerta abierta (lyrics: "It's Our Anniversary Day (Hace un año que me casé)", "Spend an Evening at Home (Esta noche en casa los dos)", "Sing a Song of Sin (Beber para olvidar)", "Cupid in the Moonlight (Luna turbadora)")
 1933 Melodía prohibida (lyrics: "Pais ideal (The Islands Are Calling Me)", "Siempre (Till the End of Time)", "La melodía prohibida", "La canción del paria (Derelict Song)")
 1933 I Loved You Wednesday (lyrics: "I Found You - I Lost You, I Found You Again")
 1933 El rey de los Gitanos (lyrics: "Cuando el amor llama (Love Calls)", "Zingaro vagabundo (Song of the Romany Band)", "Mansion sin amor (Without Love in a Palace of Dreams)", "Serenata bufa (Serenade)", "Cancion del carnaval (Carnival Song)", "Cancion de la buenaventura (Fortune Telling Song)")
 1933 The Peanut Vendor (Short) (lyrics: "The Peanut Vendor (El manisero)")
 1933 The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble ("Rackety Rax")
 1933 Broadway Bad (lyrics: "Little Man")
 1932 Rackety Rax (lyrics: "Rackety Rax", "The Puce and the Green")
 1932 Romantic Melodies (Short) (lyrics: "Marta (Rambling Rose of the Wildwood)" - uncredited)
 1932 Hat Check Girl (lyrics: "YOU'RE WORTH WHILE WAITING FOR")
 1932 Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (Short) (lyrics: "My Own Iona" - uncredited)
 1932 The Dancing Fool (Short) (lyrics: "Dancing to Save Your Sole" - uncredited)
 1931 Russian Lullaby (Short) (lyrics: "Marta (Rambling Rose of the Wildwood)" - uncredited)
 1931 Hell Divers (writer: "Mama Inez" (1931), "Maria, My Own" (1931) - uncredited)
 1931 The Road to Singapore (lyrics: "African Lament" - uncredited)
 1931 Sit Tight (lyrics: "Face It with a Smile" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Along Came Youth (lyrics: "Rarin' to Go" - uncredited)
 1930 Love Among the Millionaires (writer: "Believe It or Not, I've Found My Man", "Don't Be a "Meanie!", "Love Among the Millionaires", "Rarin' to Go", "That's Worth While Waiting For")
 1930 True to the Navy (writer: "Believe It or Not, I Lost My Man", "There's Only One What Matters for Me")
 1930 The Texan (lyrics: "Chico", "To Hold You")
 1930 Paramount on Parade (writer: "Dancing to Save Your Sole", "Drink to the Girl of Your Dreams", "I'm in Training for You")
 1930 The Three Sisters (writer: "Italian Kisses")
 1930 Broadway's Like That (Short) (lyrics: "The Right Kind of Man" - uncredited)
 1930 Cameo Kirby (lyrics: "Drink to the Girl of My Dreams")
 1929 South Sea Rose ("South Sea Rose", "If You Believed in Me")
 1929 En kärleksnatt vid Rio Grande (lyrics: "Ride On Vaquero", "You'll Find Your Answer In My Eyes")
 1929 Love, Live and Laugh (writer: "Two Little Baby Arms")
 1929 The Mississippi Gambler (writer: "Father Mississippi")
 1929 Frozen Justice (lyrics: "The Right Kind of Man")
 1929 The Girl from Havana (writer: "Time Will Tell")
 1929 Happy Days (lyrics: "I'm on a Diet of Love", "Minstrel Memories" - uncredited)
 1929 Midstream (lyrics: "Midstream")
 1929 Two Men and a Maid (writer: "Love Will Find You")
 1929 Harry Horlick and His Famous A & P Gypsies (Short) (lyrics: "Chiquita" - uncredited)
 1929 Favorite Melodies (Short) (lyrics: "My Mother's Eyes")
 1929 Molly and Me (writer: "In the Land of Make Believe")
 1929 Synthetic Sin (lyrics: "Gypsy" - uncredited)
 1928 Marriage by Contract (writer: "When the Right One Comes Along")
 1928 Lilac Time (lyrics: "Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time" - uncredited)
 1928 Dick Rich and His Melodious Monarchs (Short) (lyrics: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 1928 Banjoland (Short) (lyrics: "Ramona" - uncredited)
 1928 Ramona (lyrics: "Ramona")
 1928 Two Lovers (lyrics: "Lenora")
 1928 Lucky Boy (lyrics: "Lucky Boy", "My Mother's Eyes" - uncredited)
 1927 The Jazz Singer (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (1912) - uncredited)
 1927 Willie and Eugene Howard (Short) (lyrics: "Oh, How I Love My Boatman" - uncredited)
 1927 Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (Short) (lyrics: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee")
 1926 The Voice from the Screen (Documentary short) (lyrics: "Hello, Aloha (How Are You?)" - uncredited)
 1926 Witt & Berg (Short) (lyrics: "Hello, Aloha (How Are You?)" - uncredited)
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The Century Girl (1916). Musical revue. Music by Victor Herbert and Irving Berlin (also lyrics) and Henry Martyn Blossom. Musical Direction by Louis F. Gottschalk [final Broadway production] and 'Max Hoffmann (II)'. Additional music by Helen Trix, L. Wolfe Gilbert, Carey Morgan and James Kendis. Additional lyrics by Helen Trix, ... See more »

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