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Marvin Hatley (1905–1986)

Composer, conductor and author, educated at UCLA, a staff pianist for KFWB in Hollywood for four years, then to vaudeville for one year. Two years after joining the Hal Roach Studios, he took over its music department, which he directed for ten years. Joining ASCAP in 1952, his most-popular composition is the Laurel and Hardy theme, "Dance of The ... See full bio »

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Known For

There Goes My Heart Music Department
Block-Heads Music Department
Way Out West Music Department
Kelly the Second Music Department


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 2012 Van Mini Tot Honda (Short) (composer: themes)
 2011 The Pigeon Detectives with Thomas Burt (Short) (stock music)
 2010 De Buik Vol (composer: themes)
 2007 Twee Handen Op Een Buik (Video short) (composer: themes)
 2007 Kameleon als schokkend doelwit (Video) (composer: themes)
 2005 Kameleon en de dubbelganger (Video short) (composer: themes)
 2005 Drie Gasten en een Videocamera (Video) (composer: themes)
 1948 Who Killed Doc Robbin? (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1941 I'll Sell My Life (musical director)
 1941 Broadway Limited (musical director)
 1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Topper Takes a Trip (music supervisor)
 1938 There Goes My Heart (musical director)
 1938 Block-Heads (musical director)
 1938 Hide and Shriek (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1938 Swiss Miss (musical direction)
 1938 Three Men in a Tub (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1938 Bear Facts (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Merrily We Live (musical director)
 1937 Our Gang Follies of 1938 (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director)
 1937/I Mail and Female (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 The Pigskin Palooka (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1937 Framing Youth (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1937 Fishy Tales (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1937 Night 'n' Gales (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Topper (musical director)
 1937 Roamin' Holiday (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1937 Pick a Star (musical director)
 1937 Three Smart Boys (Short) (musical director)
 1937 Rushin' Ballet (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1937 Way Out West (musical director)
 1937 Hearts Are Thumps (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1937 Glove Taps (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Reunion in Rhythm (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1936 Pay As You Exit (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1936 Mister Cinderella (musical director)
 1936 Two Too Young (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 Bored of Education (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1936 Kelly the Second (musical director)
 1936 Arbor Day (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1936 The Lucky Corner (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1936 The Bohemian Girl (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1936 The Pinch Singer (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1935 Our Gang Follies of 1936 (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1935 Little Sinner (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1935 Little Papa (Short) (musical director)
 1935 Teacher's Beau (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1935 Thicker Than Water (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1935 Beginner's Luck (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1935 The Fixer Uppers (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1935 Tit for Tat (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1934 Shrimps for a Day (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1934 The Live Ghost (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1934 Mama's Little Pirate (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1934 Mike Fright (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1934 Them Thar Hills (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1934 Going Bye-Bye! (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1934 Hi'-Neighbor! (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1934 Oliver the Eighth (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1933 Sons of the Desert (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1933 Dirty Work (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1933 Wild Poses (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1933 Midsummer Mush (Short) (composer: music cues - uncredited) / (musical director - uncredited)
 1933 Busy Bodies (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1933 The Midnight Patrol (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1933 One Track Minds (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1933 Me and My Pal (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1933 Twice Two (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1932 Towed in a Hole (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1932 A Lad an' a Lamp (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1932 Their First Mistake (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1932 Pack Up Your Troubles (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1932 Scram! (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1932 County Hospital (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1932 The Chimp (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1932 The Music Box (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1932 Any Old Port! (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1932 Helpmates (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1931 One Good Turn (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1931 Come Clean (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited) / (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1931 Pardon Us (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1931 Spuk um Mitternacht (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1931 Our Wife (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1931 Air-Tight (Short) (composer: music cues - uncredited)
 1931 Politiquerías (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1931 Los calaveras (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1931 Chickens Come Home- (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1931 Be Big! (Short) (composer: music cues - uncredited) / (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1930 Pêle-Mêle (Short) (stock music - uncredited)
 1930 Laughing Gravy (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 Radiomanía (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 Hog Wild (Short) (musical director - uncredited)
 1930 Below Zero (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 Brats (Short) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1930 Blotto (Short) (composer: theme music - 1937 version, uncredited)
 1929 Perfect Day (Short) (composer: stock music - 1936 reissue, uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

T. Marvin Hatley | The Ranch Boys

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Accomplished composer and musician at Hal Roach studios during the 1930s; he wrote Laurel & Hardy's legendary signature tune 'The Cuckoo Song'.

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