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James F. Hanley (1892–1942)

Songwriter ("Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", "Rose of Washington Square", "Second Hand Rose"), composer, author and pianist, educated at Champion College and the Chicago Musical College. During World War I, he served in the 82nd Division and wrote and produced the Army show "Toot Sweet". In vaudeville he was a piano accompanist, and wrote the ... See full bio »

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 2014 The Theory of Everything (writer: "I'm in the Market for You" - as Hanley)
 2013 Since I Don't Have You (writer: "Zing Went The Strings")
 2011-2012 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Bone for Tuna (2012) ... (writer: "Second Hand Rose" - uncredited)
- Peg of Old (2011) ... (writer: "Second Hand Rose" - uncredited)
- The Age of Reason (2011) ... (writer: "Rose of Washington Square" - uncredited)
 2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 10 Perform (2009) ... (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart")
 2009 Two and a Half Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Two Finger Rule (2009) ... (writer: "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart!" - uncredited)
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (writer: "Back Home in Indiana")
 2005 History Detectives (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Calf Creek Arrow/Goering Gun/Thomas Edison's House (2005) ... (music: "Honeymoon Lane" - uncredited)
 2002 Martine (TV Movie) (writer: "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart")
 2001 The Cat's Meow (music: "Rose of Washington Square (Version 1)" (1919)) / (writer: "Breeze" (1919))
 2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (TV Movie) (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (writer: "Indiana (Back Home Again In)" (1917))
 1997 Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults (TV Movie documentary) (music: "Rose of Washington Square" - uncredited)
 1995 Stonewall (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart")
 1995 Barbra: The Concert (TV Special documentary) (music: "Second Hand Rose" (1921) - uncredited)
 1986 Hoosiers (music: "Indiana (Back Home Again in Indiana)" - as James Hanly)
 1983 Parade of Stars (TV Movie) (writer: "Rose of Washington Square")
 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Second Hand Rose")
 1978 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Lil (1978) ... (music: "Second Hand Rose")
 1978 Pennies from Heaven (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Down Sunnyside Lane (1978) ... (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (1934) - uncredited)
 1975 Smile (music: "Second Hand Rose" (1921))
 1972-1973 The Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 6 September 1973 (1973) ... (writer: "Second Hand Rose")
- Episode dated 10 October 1972 (1972) ... (writer: "Second Hand Rose")
 1971 Our American Musical Heritage (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 September 1971 (1971) ... (music: "Second Hand Rose" - uncredited)
 1971 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Everything's Coming Up Roses (1971) ... (music: "Rose of Washington Square" - uncredited)
 1970 The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.30 (1970) ... (writer: "Back Home in Indiana")
  The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1970) (music - 1 episode, 1968)
- Episode #5.22 (1970) ... (writer: "Second Hand Rose")
- Episode #4.6 (1968) ... (music: "Rose of Washington Square" - uncredited)
 1968 Funny Girl ("Second Hand Rose")
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics: "Rose of Washington Square" - uncredited)
 1966 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.20 (1966) ... (music: "(Back Home Again in) Indiana")
  Shindig! (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Episode #2.15 (1965) ... (music: "Indiana")
- Episode #1.23 (1965) ... (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart")
- Episode #1.2 (1964) ... (music: "Back Home Again in Indiana")
 1959 The Gene Krupa Story (music: "Indiana" - uncredited)
 1959 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #12.2 (1959) ... (music: "Just a Cottage Small" - uncredited)
 1959 The Five Pennies (music: " (Back Home Again in) Indiana" (1917) - uncredited)
 1958 The Naked and the Dead (music: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ethel Merman (1958) ... (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1956 That Certain Feeling (writer: "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart")
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (writer: "INDIANA")
 1951 The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.12 (1951) ... (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart")
 1951 Fixed Bayonets! (music: "Indiana" - uncredited)
 1951 Lullaby of Broadway (writer: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1946 Humoresque (lyrics: "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart" - uncredited) / (music: "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart" - uncredited)
 1946 Cowboy Blues (music: "Back Home Again in Indiana")
 1944 Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (music: "Indiana" - uncredited)
 1944 Home in Indiana (music: " (Back Home Again in) Indiana" (1917) - uncredited)
 1943 Hi'ya, Sailor (writer: "Back Home Again in Indiana")
 1943 Hoosier Holiday (music: " (Back Home Again in) Indiana")
 1941 Remember the Day (music: "Indiana" - uncredited)
 1941 Let's Make Music (music: "You Forgot About Me")
 1940 Remember the Night (music: " (Back Home Again in) Indiana" (1917) - uncredited)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square (music: "Rose of Washington Square")
 1939 St. Louis Blues (writer: "LET'S DREAM IN THE MOONLIGHT")
 1938 Listen, Darling (lyrics: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (1938)) / (music: "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (1938))
 1935 Sweet Surrender (music: "Twenty-Four Hours a Day")
 1935 Dance Band (music: "Sing Song Girl" - uncredited)
 1935 Roberta (music: "(Back Home Again In) Indiana" (1917) - uncredited)
 1934 She Learned About Sailors (writer: "If I Were Adam and You Were Eve")
 1933 His Double Life (writer: "Someday, Sometime, Somewhere", "Springtime in Old Granada" - as James Hanley)
 1933 Poppin' the Cork (Short) (music: "Here's Looking at You", "Poppin' the Cork")
 1933 Elmer, the Great (music: "Indiana" (1917) - uncredited)
 1933 Broadway Bad (music: "Little Man")
 1932 The Golden West (writer: "Home Folks")
 1932 Rackety Rax (music: "Rackety Rax", "The Puce and the Green")
 1932 Hat Check Girl (music: "YOU'RE WORTH WHILE WAITING FOR")
 1932 The Painted Woman (writer: "Say You'll Be Good To Me")
 1932 Movie Crazy (music: "Indiana" (1917) - uncredited)
 1932 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (writer: "A Leopard Cannot Change His Spots")
 1932 Week Ends Only (writer: "Am I Too Fresh?")
 1932 The Mouthpiece (music: "Just a Cottage Small (By a Waterfall)" - uncredited)
 1932 The Trial of Vivienne Ware (music: "Together Again")
 1932 Careless Lady (music: "When You Hear This Song, Remember Me") / (writer: "Souvenir of Love")
 1932 After Tomorrow (writer: "All the World Will Smile Again After Tomorrow")
 1932 Dance Team (writer: "I Saw My Future in Your Eyes")
 1932 Stepping Sisters (lyrics: "My World Begins And Ends With You", "Look Here Comes A Rainbow", "Shoes") / (music: "My World Begins And Ends With You", "Look Here Comes A Rainbow", "Shoes")
 1931 Good Sport (writer: "We Gotta Find a New Kentucky Home")
 1931 Over the Hill (writer: "Contented")
 1931 Merely Mary Ann (music: "Kiss Me Goodnight, Not Goodbye" - uncredited)
 1931 Bad Girl (writer: "Red Head", "Come On Baby and Beg For It" - uncredited)
 1931 Honeymoon Lane (music: "Honeymoon Lane" - uncredited)
 1931 Annabelle's Affairs (writer: "If Someone Should Kiss You Tonight")
 1931 Mr. Lemon of Orange (writer: "My Racket Is You")
 1931 Seas Beneath (music: "Here's My Hand - You're in My Heart" - uncredited)
 1930 Under Suspicion (music: "Whisper To the Whisp'ring Pines", "Sas-katch-a widja-go-way-go-on!", "Round My Kingdom's Door", "Here's To the Folks Back Home")
 1930 Up the River (music: "Up the River (Prison 'College' Song)" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 The Big Trail (music: "Song of the Big Trail" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Song o' My Heart (writer: "I Feel You Near Me" - uncredited)
 1930 Man Trouble (music: "Pick Yourself Up, Brush Yourself Off", "What's The Use Of Living Without Love")
 1930 El precio de un beso (music: "Mono en el cordel")
 1930 One Mad Kiss (music: "Monkey on a String", "Oh Have I a Way With the Girls")
 1930 New Movietone Follies of 1930 (writer: "I'd Love To Be a Talking Picture Queen")
 1930 High Society Blues (music: "I'm in the Market For You", "Just Like in a Storybook", "Eleanor (That Song That I Sing In My Dreams)", "High Society Blues")
 1930 The Big Party (music: "Nobody Knows But Rosie")
 1930 Sombras de gloria (writer: "Arrullo militar (Doughboy's Lullaby)", "Si la vida te sonrie (Put a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail)", "Rosa roja de amor (Wrapped in a Red, Red Rose)" - uncredited)
 1930 Harmony at Home (writer: "A Little House To Dream By a Mountain Stream")
 1929 Blaze o' Glory (writer: "Doughboy's Lullaby", "Put a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail", "Wrapped in a Red, Red Rose")
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl (music: "No Foolin'" (1926) - uncredited)
 1929 Broadway Scandals (writer: "Does an Elephant Love Peanuts?", "Kickin' the Blues Away" - uncredited)
 1929 Happy Days (music: "We'll Build a Little World of Our Own", "Happy Days", "A Toast To The Girl I Love", "Dream On A Piece Of Wedding Cake")
 1929 Rainbow Man (writer: "Sleepy Valley", "Little Pal", "Rainbow Man")
 1928 My Man (music: "Second Hand Rose" - uncredited)
 1927 The Revelers (Short) (music: "Mine", "No Foolin'" - uncredited)
 1927 Waring's Pennsylvanians (Short) (music: "The Little White House (at the End of Honeymoon Lane)" - uncredited)
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Show Show Composer (2 credits)

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Stage Play: Ziegfeld Follies of 1921. Musical revue. Dialogue by Channing Pollock, Willard Mack and Ralph Spence. Lyrics by Gene Buck and Buddy G. DeSylva. Music by Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml and Dave Stamper. Musical Direction by Frank Tours. Music orchestrated by Maurice De Packh and Stephen Jones. Featuring songs with lyrics by Henry ... See more »

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

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