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


Music (24)

I Capture the Castle 2003 (Movie)

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

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


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)


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)


The Fred Astaire Songbook 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

("Haunted Heart") (Song)

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


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)


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)

Writer (1)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

(From Story)


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.


Dora Schwartz


older received musical training

Katherine Carrington

Married July 7, 1934 until her death 1954

Mary Grey

Married June 13, 1954

Solomon Schwartz


Jonathan Schwartz

has two children, a daughter Casey and son Adam

Paul Schwartz



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



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


Moved to London


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


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


Composed the score for the TV special "High Tor"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Served as producer on "Cover Girl"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Wrote score for the Broadway revue, "Flying Colors"


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


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


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


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


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


Admitted to New York bar


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


Inducted in the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.