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Oscar Levant (1906–1972)


Oscar Levant's own versatility may have helped to cloud his memory as a sort of Hollywood utility man, perhaps in the worst sense; people tended to see him as one among many personalities, but he was so much more. It is unfortunately forgotten that he was first and foremost, a brilliant musician and very competent composer. He was from an Orthodox ... See full bio »

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Known For

(1951)
Humoresque Sid Jeffers
(1946)
Eyes Wide Shut Soundtrack
(1999)
The Rocketeer Soundtrack
(1991)

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 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "That's Entertainment")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (performer: "That's for Me" - uncredited)
 2008 Sita Sings the Blues (music: "If You Want the Rainbow, You Must Have the Rain")
 1999 Eyes Wide Shut (music: "Blame It on My Youth" (1934))
 1995 Let It Be Me (writer: "Blame It On My Youth" - as O. Levant)
 1991 The Rocketeer (writer: "ALL DRESSED UP AND NO PLACE TO GO")
 1991 Great Performances (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) ... (performer: "I Love Louisa", "The Half of It, Dearie, Blues", "Oh, Lady Be Good")
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("Blame it on My Youth")
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (performer: "That's Entertainment" (1953), "Concerto in F" (1925) - uncredited)
 1975 Funny Lady (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1974 The Carol Burnett Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.20 (1974) ... (music: "Blame It on My Youth")
  The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1958) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Jack Goes to Doctor (1958) ... (performer: "Piano Solo" - uncredited) / (writer: "Piano Solo" - uncredited)
 1953 The Band Wagon ("That's Entertainment" (1953), uncredited) / (performer: "That's Entertainment" (1953), "I Love Louisa" (1931) - uncredited)
 1953 The I Don't Care Girl (performer: "Hello, Frisco!", "Little Fugue in G minor, BWV 578", "Liebestraum No. 3", "Piano Concerto No. 1" - uncredited)
 1951 An American in Paris (performer: "By Strauss" (1936), "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924), "Tra-la-la (This Time It's Really Love)" (1922), "Third Movement from 'Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra'" (1925) - uncredited)
 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway (performer: "Sabre Dance" (1942), "Week-End in the Country" (1949), "Concerto in B-flat Minor for Piano" (1874) - uncredited)
 1948 Romance on the High Seas (music: "Brazilian Rhapsody" - uncredited) / (performer: "Brazilian Rhapsody" - uncredited)
 1946 Humoresque (performer: "Prelude II", "Prelude III", "Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10, No. 5.", "Liebestod", "Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52" - uncredited)
 1946 Her Kind of Man (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (performer: "Rhapsody in Blue", "Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra", "Mine" - uncredited)
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye (performer: "Kiss the Boys Goodbye", "Battle Hymn of The Republic" (uncredited))
 1941 Porky's Bear Facts (Short) (music: "Then Came the Rain" - uncredited)
 1939 Hare-um Scare-um (Short) (music: "Then Came the Rain" - uncredited)
 1939 Pete-Roleum and His Cousins (Short) (music: "Something for You to Sing")
 1939 Made for Each Other (music: "Made For Each Other" (1939) - uncredited)
 1937 Shall We Dance (music: "Got a New Lease on Life")
 1936 Television Highlights (Short) (writer: "Until Today" - uncredited)
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Opera (music: "Carnival: March Funebre", "Carnival: Ah, Romantic Love Dream", "Carnival: King and Country Call", "Carnival: Carnival Marche", "Carnival: Carnival, Then Farewell")
 1935 In Person (music: "Don't Mention Love to Me", "Got a New Lease on Life", "Out of Sight, Out of Mind")
 1935 Music Is Magic (music: "Honey Chile", "Love is Smiling at Me")
 1935 Steamboat Round the Bend (music: "Steamboat Round the Bend" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 Black Sheep (music: "In Other Words, I'm in Love" (1935) - uncredited)
 1934 A Peach of a Pair (Short) (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1933 The Right to Romance (music: "With You, With Me" (1929) - uncredited)
 1933 Nothing But the Tooth (Short) (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1933 Bosko in Dutch (Short) (music: "Don't Go to Sleep" - uncredited)
 1932 Woman in Chains (music: "Careless Kisses" - uncredited)
 1931 Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (Short) (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1931 Big Business Girl (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1930 Leathernecking (music: "Evening Star", "Careless Kisses", "Mighty Nice and So Particular")
 1930 Danger Lights (music: "My DreamMemory", "With You With Me" - uncredited)
 1930 Runaway Bride (music: "Lovable and Sweet" (1929) - uncredited)
 1930 Beau Bandit (music: "Lovable and Sweet" (1929) - uncredited)
 1930 Be Yourself! (music: "It's Gorgeous to Be Graceful" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Love Comes Along (music: "Night Winds", "Until Love Comes Along")
 1929 Dance Hall (writer: "Someone", "Lovable and Sweet", "Come in the Water, the Water is Fine")
 1929 Tanned Legs (music: "With You, With Me" (1929), "Come in the Water, the Water Is Fine" (1929), "You're Responsible" (1929), "Tanned Legs" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Jazz Heaven (music: "Someone" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Half Marriage (music: "After the Clouds Roll By", "You're Marvelous" - uncredited)
 1929 The Delightful Rogue (music: "Gay Love")
 1929 Side Street (music: "Take a Look at Her Now" - uncredited)
 1929 The Prince of Wails (Short) (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1929 Street Girl (music: "Broken Up Tune" (1929), "Lovable and Sweet" (1929), "My Dream Memory" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Why Be Good? (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1928 My Man (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1928 The Band Beautiful (Short) (music: "Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs off the Moon" - uncredited)
 1928 The Ham What Am (Short) (music: "Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs off the Moon" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Jerry Evans, a songwriter"; Broadway debut) in "Burlesque" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by George Manker Watters and Arthur Hopkins (also producer / director). Featuring songs by Albert von Tilzer, Peter De Rose and Joe Trent. Musical Director: Paul Van Loan. Chorus Dances arranged by Mary Jennings. Plymouth ... See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »
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Personal Quote:

When I was young, I looked like Al Capone but I lacked his compassion. See more »

Trivia:

A composer as well as a pianist, he had more than 50 published songs to his credit, most notably the standard "Blame It on My Youth," and several short instrumental works, including the whimsically titled "A Polka for Oskar Homolka.". See more »

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