Posts from ethanedwards in thread „Max Steiner“

    Max 'King Kong ' Steiner, was the composer on
    3 of Duke films,

    The Searchers (1956)
    Trouble Along the Way (1953)
    Operation Pacific (1951)

    Max was responsible for many screen classics,
    take a look at his film credits, he was involved
    in over 500 movies!!
    but his scoring for The Searchers ,
    says it all,as a masterpiece of composing.



    Date of birth
    10 May 1888
    Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)

    Date of death
    28 December 1971
    Hollywood, California, USA.

    Sometimes Credited As:
    Max R. Steiner

    Birth name
    Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner

    Louise Klos (? - ?) (divorced after 10 years)

    Is entombed in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, near famous film composers Alfred Newman, Isham Jones, Rudolf Friml, Carrie Jacobs Bond, and many of the stars of the films for whom he composed music.

    Steiner was awarded the King of Belgium Bronze Medal by the Cinema Exhibitors, Brussels, Belgium, in 1936; the American Exhibitors Laurel Award in 1948; the Golden Globe for Life with Father (1947); the Academy Award for Since You Went Away (1944); the Academy Award again for Now, Voyager (1942); the Academy Award, French government decoration, for The Informer (1935); the Italian Medal for So This Is Paris (1955); and the Statuette Award from the Cinema Exhibitors, Venice, Italy, for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

    A photograph of Steiner's right hand, holding a pen and writing notes on a musical score, appears on one stamp of a sheet of 10 USA 37¢ commemorative postage stamps, issued 25 February 2003, celebrating American Filmmaking: Behind the Scenes. The stamp honors early film composers.

    In addition to his familiar theme music for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Summer Place (1959), Steiner was also the composer of the well-known Warner Bros. Fanfare, originally written for Tovarich (1937) and used to introduce numerous Warner Brothers films ever since. For many years, composers at the studio, instead of writing the music out, would simply write "'Tovarich' Fanfare" at the beginning of their scores, and the musicians would know what they meant.

    As a boy, Steiner was given piano instruction by legendary composer Johannes Brahms. Steiner's father was a major theatrical producer in Vienna, who had discovered and promoted Brahms, and the two remained great friends.

    He was Bette Davis' favorite film composer.

    The FBI Story (1959) $15,000
    Rio Rita (1929) $450/week

    Mini biography
    Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one year, at the age of sixteen. He studied under Gustav Mahler and, before the age of twenty, made his living as a conductor and as composer of works for the theater, the concert hall, and vaudeville. After a brief sojourn in Britian, Steiner moved to the USA in the same wave as fellow film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold and quickly became a sought-after orchestrator and conductor on Broadway, bringing the Western classical tradition in which he had been raised to mainstream audiences.

    He was soon snatched up by the film studios with the advent of sound and helped the fledgling talkies become musically sophisticated within a brief few years. He was one of the first to fully integrate the musical score with the images on-screen and to score individual scenes for their content and create leitmotifs for individual characters, as opposed to simply providing vaguely appropriate mood music, as evidenced in King Kong (1933), which set the standard for American film music for years to come.

    From the 1930s to the 1960s, he was one of the most respected, innovative, and brilliant composers of American film music, creating a truly staggering number of exceptional scores for films of all types. He was nominated for Academy Awards for his scores eighteen times and won three times. Years after his death in 1971, he remains one of the giants of motion picture history, and his music still thrives.
    IMDb mini-biography by Jim Beaver

    2011 Hollywood in Vienna (TV movie)
    1982 The Letter (TV movie)
    1965 Those Calloways
    1965 Two on a Guillotine
    1964 Youngblood Hawke
    1964 A Distant Trumpet
    1963 Spencer's Mountain
    1959-1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV series)
    – Passport (1963) (uncredited)
    – The Sisters (1963) (uncredited)
    – Gift of Love (1963) (uncredited)
    – Blow Low, Blow Blue (1963) (uncredited)
    – Two Million Too Much (1963) (uncredited)
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    1963 FBI Code 98
    1962 Rome Adventure
    1961 A Majority of One
    1961 Susan Slade
    1961 Parrish
    1961 Portrait of a Mobster
    1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade
    1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
    1960 Cash McCall
    1960 Ice Palace
    1959 The FBI Story
    1959 A Summer Place
    1959 John Paul Jones
    1959 The Hanging Tree
    1958 Tenderfoot (TV series)– Ring of Sand (1958)
    1958 Marjorie Morningstar
    1958 Fort Dobbs
    1958 The Young Invaders
    1957 Escapade in Japan
    1957 Band of Angels
    1957 China Gate
    1957 The Day They Gave Babies Away
    1956 Death of a Scoundrel
    1956 Bandido
    1956 The Searchers
    1956 Come Next Spring
    1956 Helen of Troy
    1955 Hell on Frisco Bay
    1955 Illegal
    1955 Tiger in the Sky
    1955 The Last Command
    1955 Battle Cry
    1955 Rough Company
    1954 King Richard and the Crusaders
    1954 The Caine Mutiny
    1954 The Boy from Oklahoma
    1953 So Big
    1953 The Grace Moore Story (uncredited)
    1953 The Charge at Feather River
    1953 The Desert Song
    1953 Trouble Along the Way
    1952 The Jazz Singer (uncredited)
    1952 The Iron Mistress
    1952 Springfield Rifle
    1952 This Is Cinerama (documentary) (uncredited)
    1952 Miracle of Fatima
    1952 The Lion and the Horse
    1952 Mara Maru
    1952 Room for One More
    1951 Distant Drums
    1951 Man of Bronze
    1951 Force of Arms
    1951 On Moonlight Bay (uncredited)
    1951 I Was a Communist for the FBI (uncredited)
    1951 Lightning Strikes Twice
    1951 Canyon Pass
    1951 Sugarfoot
    1951 Operation Pacific
    1951 Close to My Heart
    1950 Dallas
    1950 Rocky Mountain
    1950 The Breaking Point (uncredited)
    1950 The Glass Menagerie
    1950 The Flame and the Arrow
    1950 Caged
    1949 Mrs. Mike (uncredited)
    1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor
    1949 Without Honor
    1949 Beyond the Forest
    1949 White Heat
    1949 The Fountainhead
    1949 Flamingo Road
    1949 A Kiss in the Dark
    1949 South of St. Louis
    1948 The Decision of Christopher Blake
    1948 The New Adventures of Don Juan
    1948 Fighter Squadron
    1948 Johnny Belinda
    1948 Key Largo
    1948 Silver River
    1948 The Woman in White
    1948 Winter Meeting
    1948 April Showers (uncredited)
    1948 My Girl Tisa
    1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    1947 The Voice of the Turtle
    1947 Life with Father
    1947 Deep Valley
    1947 Cheyenne
    1947 The Unfaithful
    1947 Love and Learn
    1947 Pursued
    1946 The Beast with Five Fingers
    1946 Cloak and Dagger
    1946 The Big Sleep
    1946 A Stolen Life
    1946 One More Tomorrow
    1946 My Reputation
    1946 Tomorrow Is Forever
    1945 San Antonio
    1945 Saratoga Trunk
    1945 Mildred Pierce
    1945 The Corn Is Green
    1945 Roughly Speaking
    1944 The Conspirators
    1944 Arsenic and Old Lace
    1944 Since You Went Away
    1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
    1944 Up in Arms (uncredited)
    1944 Passage to Marseille
    1943 Watch on the Rhine
    1943 Mission to Moscow
    1943 The Battle of Britain (documentary) (uncredited)
    1942 Casablanca
    1942 Now, Voyager
    1942 Desperate Journey
    1942 The Gay Sisters
    1942 In This Our Life
    1942 Captains of the Clouds
    1941 They Died with Their Boots On
    1941 One Foot in Heaven
    1941 Dive Bomber
    1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
    1941 Sergeant York
    1941 Shining Victory
    1941 The Great Lie
    1940 Santa Fe Trail
    1940 The Letter
    1940 This Man Reuter
    1940 City for Conquest
    1940 All This, and Heaven Too
    1940 Virginia City
    1940 The Story of Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
    1939 Four Wives
    1939 Gone with the Wind
    1939 We Are Not Alone
    1939 Escape to Happiness (uncredited)
    1939 Dust Be My Destiny
    1939 The Old Maid
    1939 Each Dawn I Die (uncredited)
    1939 Daughters Courageous
    1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy (uncredited)
    1939 Dark Victory
    1939 Dodge City
    1939 The Oklahoma Kid
    1939 They Made Me a Criminal
    1938 The Dawn Patrol
    1938 Angels with Dirty Faces
    1938 The Sisters
    1938 Four Daughters
    1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (uncredited)
    1938 Crime School
    1938 Jezebel
    1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
    1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (uncredited)
    1938 White Banners
    1937 Tovarich
    1937 First Lady
    1937 Submarine D-1
    1937 That Certain Woman
    1937 The Life of Emile Zola
    1937 Slim (uncredited)
    1937 Kid Galahad (uncredited)
    1937 A Star Is Born
    1937 Green Light
    1937 God's Country and the Woman
    1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
    1936 The Garden of Allah
    1936 Little Lord Fauntleroy
    1936 Follow the Fleet (uncredited)
    1935 I Dream Too Much (uncredited)
    1935 The Three Musketeers
    1935 She
    1935 Break of Hearts (uncredited)
    1935 The Informer
    1935 Star of Midnight (uncredited)
    1934 The Little Minister (music by)
    1934 The Gay Divorce (uncredited)
    1934 The Age of Innocence (uncredited)
    1934 The Fountain
    1934 Of Human Bondage
    1934 Murder on the Blackboard (uncredited)
    1934 The Life of Vergie Winters
    1934 Stingaree (uncredited)
    1934 The Lost Patrol
    1933 The Son of Kong
    1933 The Right to Romance (uncredited)
    1933 Little Women
    1933 Morning Glory
    1933 Melody Cruise (uncredited)
    1933 The Silver Cord
    1933 Diplomaniacs
    1933 Sweepings
    1933 Christopher Strong (uncredited)
    1933 King Kong
    1933 Lucky Devils (uncredited)
    1933 The Cheyenne Kid (uncredited)
    1933 The Monkey's Paw (uncredited)
    1932 The Woman in His House (uncredited)
    1932 The Half Naked Truth (uncredited)
    1932 The Conquerors
    1932 A Bill of Divorcement (uncredited)
    1932 Thirteen Women
    1932 Hounds of Zaroff
    1932 Bird of Paradise
    1932 Roar of the Dragon (music director)
    1932 What Price Hollywood? (uncredited)
    1932 Is My Face Red? (uncredited)
    1932 Cardigan's Last Case (uncredited)
    1932 Symphony of Six Million
    1932 The Lost Squadron (uncredited)
    1932 Girl of the Rio
    1931 Men of Chance (uncredited)
    1931 Peach-O-Reno (uncredited)
    1931 Secret Service (uncredited)
    1931 Old Greatheart (uncredited)
    1931 Are These Our Children
    1931 Consolation Marriage (uncredited)
    1931 Top of the Bill (uncredited)
    1931 Friends and Lovers
    1931 The Gay Diplomat (uncredited)
    1931 Waiting for the Bride (uncredited)
    1931 High Stakes (uncredited)
    1931 The Public Defender (uncredited)
    1931 Transgression (uncredited)
    1931 Bachelor Apartment (uncredited)
    1931 Cracked Nuts (uncredited)
    1931 Kept Husbands (uncredited)
    1931 Cimarron (uncredited)
    1931 Beau Ideal (uncredited)
    1930 Dixiana (uncredited)
    1929 The Delightful Rogue (silent foreign version - uncredited)
    1929 The Three Brothers (silent foreign version - uncredited)
    1916 The Bondman

    1. The Half Naked Truth (1932) (uncredited) .... Conductor
    2. Girl Crazy (1932) (uncredited) .... Orchestra Leader