Arthur Schwartz

Composer, Producer, Singer
A former educator and attorney, composer Arthur Schwartz began his career in the 1920s and remained active for some six decades, crafting lilting, memorable melodies for such standards as "I Guess I'll Have to Change My ... Read more »
Born: 11/25/1900 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (24)

I Capture the Castle 2003 (Movie)

("You And The Night And The Music") (Song)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Music

Amélie 2001 (Movie)

("Dancing in the Dark") (Song)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

("That's Entertainment) (Song)

Real Sex 27: Slippery When Wet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

("Haunted Heart") (Song)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

("Two Faced Woman" from "Torch Song" "The Girl Hunt" from "The Band Wagon" "That's Entertainment" from "The Band Wagon") (Music)

An Evening With Maria Ewing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song

The Fred Astaire Songbook 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

("Haunted Heart") (Song)

Evening at Pops (07/16/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

songs("Dancing in the Dark" "They're Either Too Young or Too Old") (Song)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

("I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan") (Song)

Jazz in Exile 1981 (Movie)

("Alone Together") (Song)

Communion 1978 (Movie)

("Something To Remember You By") (Song)

The Telephone Book 1970 (Movie)

("Something to Remember You By") (Song)

You're Never Too Young 1955 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Dangerous When Wet 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

The Band Wagon 1953 (Movie)

songs("That's Entertainment" "A Shine On Your Shoes" "Dancing In the Dark" "Triplets") (Song)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

songs (Song)

That Girl From Paris 1935 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Excuse My Dust (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Navy Blues (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Time, the Place and the Girl (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Producer (1)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

A former educator and attorney, composer Arthur Schwartz began his career in the 1920s and remained active for some six decades, crafting lilting, memorable melodies for such standards as "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," "That's Entertainment" and "Dancing in the Dark. " Ironically, Schwartz was not encouraged by his family in his musical interest. The second son of an attorney, he was not allowed to study music and instead encouraged to pursue the law. As is often the case, the forbidden became appealing and Schwartz secretly taught himself how to play the piano and by age 14 was accompanying silent films at the Cortelyou Movie Emporium in his native Brooklyn. Still, he was a dutiful son and completed his studies at New York University and Columbia University.

Relationships

Dora Schwartz

Mother

Brother
older received musical training

Katherine Carrington

Wife
Married July 7, 1934 until her death 1954

Mary Grey

Wife
Married June 13, 1954

Solomon Schwartz

Father

Jonathan Schwartz

Son
has two children, a daughter Casey and son Adam

Paul Schwartz

Son

EDUCATION

Boys High School

Brooklyn , New York 1916

New York University

New York , New York 1921 - 1924
earned two law degrees

New York University

New York , New York 1920

Columbia University

New York , New York 1921

Milestones

1978

Wrote eight new songs for revised version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (with new book by his wife) called "Look Who's Dancing", produced in summer stock at Stockbrige, Massachusetts

1968

Moved to London

1963

With Dietz, wrote the unsuccessful Mary Martin vehicle "Jennie"

1961

Collaborated with Dietz on the unsuccessful stage musical "The Gay Life", starring Barbara Cook

1956

Composed the score for the TV special "High Tor"

1954

Reteamed with Dorothy Fields for the stage musical "By the Beautiful Sea", again starring Shirley Booth

1953

For film version of "The Band Wagon" wrote new song, "That's Entertainment", with Dietz

1951

Again worked with Dorothy Fields on the Broadway musical "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", starring Shirley Booth

1948

Reunited with Dietz for the revue "Inside U.S.A."

1947

Earned second Academy Award nomination for "A Gal in Calico" from "The Time, the Place and the Girl", with lyrics by Leo Robin

1946

Collaborated with Ira Gershwin on the unsuccessful Broadway musical "Park Avenue"

1946

Was producer of the sanitized Cole Porter biopic "Night and Day"

1944

Composed the score for and produced the CBS TV special "Surprise for Santa"; purportedly the first 90-minute television special

1943

Served as producer on "Cover Girl"

1942

Collaborated with Frank Loesser on "They're Either Too Young or Too Old"; introduced by Bette Davis in the film "Thank Your Lucky Stars"; received first Oscar nomination as Best Song

1939

Initial collaboration with lyricist Dorothy Fields, the Broadway musical "Stars in Your Eyes", starring Ethel Merman

1938

Wrote the music to lyrics by Albert Stillman and Laurence Stallings for "Virginia"

1937

With Edward Heyman as lyricist, contributed songs "Seal It With a Kiss" and "Love and Learn", to the film "The Girl From Paris"

1936

Penned over 90 songs for the weekly radio series "The Gibson Family"

1935

With Dietz, collaborated on the score for "At Home Abroad", starring Ethel Waters and Beatrice Lillie

1934

Had flop with the conventional book musical "Revenge With Music"

1932

Wrote score for the Broadway revue, "Flying Colors"

1931

First Broadway musical with complete score by Schwartz and Dietz, "The Band Wagon", starring Fred and Adele Astaire

1930

Enjoyed success with "Three's a Crowd", a revue starring Clifton Webb and Libby Holman

1930

With Dietz, wrote songs for "The Second Little Show"

1928

Took sabbatical from law practice and was introduced to Howard Dietz as collaborator on "The Little Show" (1929)

1924

Spent summer as a counselor at Brant Lake Camp; met Lorenz Hart; collaborated on songs for camp shows

1924

Admitted to New York bar

1923

Published first song, "Baltimore, MD, You're the Only Doctor for Me"

Began working as a piano accompanist for silent films at a movie theater in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn while still in elementary school"

Sold song written with Hart, "I Know My Girl By Her Perfume", for $75 to vaudevillians Besser and Amy

Began writing lyrics to his own songs; collaborated with wife on a musical adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby"

While in law school, taught English to high school students

Final song, "The World Is Turning Fast" (with lyrics by George Balanchine)

Had songs used in "The Grand Street Follies"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted in the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.

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