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Theo. A. Metz (1848–1936)

Composer of the rousing ragtime classic "A Hot Time in the Old Town", which became the theme song of the Spanish-American War in 1898. (Theodore Roosevelt once conducted the tune and commented that he was "proud to shake the hand of the man who wrote the song that stirred a nation.") Metz maintained a desk at the Marks Music Corporation offices in... See full bio »

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Known For

Batman
Batman Soundtrack
(1989)
The Fan
The Fan Soundtrack
(1996)
Bessie
Bessie Soundtrack
(2015)
Amigo
Amigo Soundtrack
(2010)

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 2015 Bessie (TV Movie) (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - as Theodore August Metz)
 2014 Grantchester (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (2014) ... (music: "There'll Be A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight")
 2014 Murdoch Mysteries (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Murdoch in Ragtime (2014) ... (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 2011 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Two Boats and a Lifeguard (2011) ... (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" - uncredited)
 2010 Amigo (performer: "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight") / (writer: "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight")
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (music: "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight")
 2006 First Light: Montauk Point Lighthouse (Video documentary) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 2005 The Backyardigans (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- High Tea (2005) ... (music: "Pip Pip Cheerio" - uncredited)
 1997 Rough Riders (TV Mini-Series) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - as Theodore August Metz, uncredited)
 1996 The Fan (writer: "A HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN TONIGHT")
 1995 The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (TV Movie) (writer: "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" - uncredited)
 1994 The Road to Wellville ("A Chewing Song")
 1993 Nurses (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Send in the Gowns (1993) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1989 Batman (writer: "There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight" - as Theodore A. Metz)
 1976 Nickelodeon (writer: "There'll Be a Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight" - uncredited)
 1976 The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1976) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1975 Lucky Lady (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town")
 1971 Millhouse (Documentary) (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" - uncredited)
 1970 The Great White Hope (writer: "There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight" - uncredited)
 1965-1969 Petticoat Junction (TV Series) (music - 8 episodes)
- A Most Momentous Occasion (1969) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
- Wings (1968) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
- Kate's Homecoming (1968) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
- The Power of the Press (1968) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
- Billie Jo's Independence Day (1966) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1964 Circus World (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1962 Carmen Get It! (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1960 North to Alaska (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1960 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Elegy (1960) ... (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1956 90 Day Wondering (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1955 The Roy Rogers Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- And Sudden Death (1955) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1954 Fireman Save My Child (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1953 Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 26 December 1953 (1953) ... (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1952 Stars and Stripes Forever (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1951 People Will Talk (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1947 New Orleans (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1946 Make Mine Music (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1945 Flame of Barbary Coast (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1943 The Gang's All Here (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1942 I Married a Witch (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1942 Tales of Manhattan (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1942 Prelude to War (Documentary) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1941 Honky Tonk (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1941 The Nifty Nineties (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town")
 1941 Citizen Kane (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1940 Teddy the Rough Rider (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1939 6,000 Enemies (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1939 The Man Who Dared (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1938 The Sisters (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1938 Boys Town (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1938 The River (Documentary short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896))
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1937 Mickey's Amateurs (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1937 Man of the People (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1936 Banjo on My Knee (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1936 Theodora Goes Wild (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1936 San Francisco (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1936 Show Boat (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1936 The Milky Way (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1935 The Rainmakers (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1935 Steamboat Round the Bend (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1935 His First Flame (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1934 Sweet Adeline (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1934 Kentucky Kernels (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1934 Syncopated City (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1934 The Life of Vergie Winters (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1933 The Bowery (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1933 I Loved a Woman (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1933 Broadway to Hollywood (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1933 Turn Back the Clock (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1932 The Conquerors (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1932 A Spanish Twist (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town")
 1932 High Hats and Low Brows (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1932 Admission Free (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1932 The Dark Horse (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1932 Hide and Seek (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1932 The Rich Are Always with Us (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1932 The Wet Parade (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1932 The Robot (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1931 The Cuban Love Song (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1931 Possessed (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1931 Politics (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1931 My Wife's Gone to the Country (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1930 Who Killed Rover? (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town")
 1930 A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town")
 1930 The Unholy Three (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1930 With Byrd at the South Pole (Documentary) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1930 The Florodora Girl (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1930 Free and Easy (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896) - uncredited)
 1929/II A Close Call (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" (1896))
 1929 I've Got Rings on My Fingers (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1929 The Show of Shows (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1929 Fire Proof (Short) (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1928 In Old Arizona (music: "A Hot Time in the Old Town" - uncredited)
 1927 Wings (writer: "A Hot Time in the Old Town")
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I was with Mclntyre & Heath's Minstrels as the bandmaster in 1886, and we were trouping through Louisiana. . . . On the train we passed a village called Old Town and there was a Negro's cabin burning. Mac turned to me and said: 'There'll be a hot time in Old Town tonight.' It had the ring a good title ought to have and I jotted it down on the top of an envelope upon which I was scribbling the ... See more »

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