Harold Arlen

Composer, Songwriter, Singer
A giant of American song, Harold Arlen wrote the music to some of the most enduring musical numbers of the 20th century, including the songs from "The Wizard of Oz," most famously its signature song, "Over the Rainbow," ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1905 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (164)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("It's Only A Paper Moon") (Song)

Fort McCoy 2014 (Movie)

("Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive") (Song)

RoboCop 2014 (Movie)

("If I Only Had A Heart") (Song)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D 2012 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

("It's Only A Paper Moon") (Song)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Song

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

("Get Happy") (Song)

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

9 2009 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

A Single Man 2009 (Movie)

("Stormy Weather") (Song)

Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 (Movie)

("Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea") (Song)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 (Movie)

"It's Only A Paper Moon" (Song)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

"I've Got The World On A String" (Song)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over The Rainbow") (Song)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("The Man That Got Away") (Song)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

("Stormy Weather") (Song)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

"It's Only A Paper Moon" (Song)

The Wedding Weekend 2007 (Movie)

("World on a String") (Song)

Idlewild 2006 (Movie)

("Kickin' the Gong Around") (Song)

Invincible 2006 (Movie)

("One for My Baby") (Song)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

("Come Rain Or Come Shine") (Song)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

"It's Only a Paper Moon" (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead!") (Song)

Duck Dodgers 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Song

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

("One For My Baby") (Song)

Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

("Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive") (Song)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

("Down With Love") (Song)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("I've Got The World On A String") (Song)

Taxicab Confessions 2003: Girls Like It Hot 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("I've Got The World On A String") (Song)

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

("Blues In the Night (My Mama Done Tol Me")) (Song)

Autumn in New York 2000 (Movie)

("Let's Fall in Love") (Song)

Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") (Song)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

("I've Got the World On a String") (Song)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

("I've Got The World On A String") (Song)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

("If I Only Had a Heart") (Song)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

songs("Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" "That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

songs("We're Off to See the Wizard" "Over the Rainbow") (Song)

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

("Let's Fall in Love") (Song)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

("Come Rain or Come Shine") (Song)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

("Come Rain or Come Shine") (Song)

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

("Get Happy") (Song)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

("Stormy Weather") (Song)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World") (Song)

One True Thing 1998 (Movie)

("If I Only Had A Brain Heart and Nerve") (Song)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

("I Love a Parade") (Song)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

("We're Off to See the Wizard") (Song)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

songs("Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" "Hit the Road to Dreamland") (Song)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

songs("Autumn Leaves" "This Time the Dream's on Me") (Song)

Rocketman 1997 (Movie)

("If I Were King of the Forest") (Song)

Selena 1997 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Mad Dog Time 1996 (Movie)

("I've Got the World On a String") (Song)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

songs("Optimistic Voices" "Over the Raimbow" (from "The Wizard of Oz")) (Song)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

words and music("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Music)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

("Optimistic Voices") (Song)

Last Summer in the Hamptons 1995 (Movie)

songs("My Shining Hour" "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive") (Song)

Cops and Robbersons 1994 (Movie)

("One For My Baby (And One More for the Road)") (Song)

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

("Ride of Mrs Gulch") (Song)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

("I've Got the World on A String") (Song)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

("Ain'it the Truth" from "Cabin in the Sky" "We're Off to See the Wizard" from "Wizard of Oz" "Over the Rainbow" from "Wizard of Oz") (Music)

Mad Dog and Glory 1993 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") (Song)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Medicine Man 1992 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Michael Feinstein & Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song

Ruby 1992 (Movie)

("Blues in the Night") (Song)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

The Mighty Ducks 1992 (Movie)

("Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive") (Song)

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

Song

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

songs("Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" "Come Rain or Come Shine") (Song)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

("Come Rain or Come Shine") (Song)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

("One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)") (Song)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

("Lydia the Tattooed Lady") (Song)

The Fred Astaire Songbook 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

("I Guess I'm Just Screwed") (Song Performer)

The Wizard of Oz 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Julie Andrews in Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Hider in the House 1989 (Movie)

("Harlem Holiday") (Song)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

song "That Old Black Magic"(("Life Lessons")) (Song)

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Music)

Shoot to Kill 1988 (Movie)

("I Love a Parade") (Song)

Sophisticated Lady 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Presidio 1988 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

("This Time the Dream's on Me") (Song)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

("The Man That Got Away") (Song)

Evening at Pops (08/01/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

("One For My Baby (and One More For the Road)") (Music)

Before Stonewall 1986 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

("Get Happy") (Song)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

Vamp 1986 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

Target 1985 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

("Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea") (Song)

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

("Get Happy") (Song)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

("Ill Wind" "Stormy Weather" "Trickeration") (Song)

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

music extract("That Old Black Magic") (Music)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

("Come Rain or Come Shine") (Song)

Jazz in Exile 1981 (Movie)

("Last Night When We Were Young") (Song)

Joe Albany... A Jazz Life 1979 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)

("Accentuate the Positive") (Song)

Paper Moon 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Music

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Downhill Racer 1969 (Movie)

("That Old Black Magic") (Song)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

("Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea") (Song)

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

("Love and Learn") (Song)

I Could Go on Singing 1963 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Gay Purr-ee 1961 (Movie)

songs("Paris Is a Lonely Town" "Little Drops of Rain" "Roses Red") (Song)

A Star Is Born 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

A Star Is Born 1954 (Movie)

songs("The Man That Got Away" "It's A New World" "Gotta Have Me Go With You" "Somewhere There's A Someone") (Song)

The Country Girl 1954 (Movie)

songs("The Pitchman" "Llive and Learn" "The Search is Through") (Song)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

("One For My Baby") (Song)

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Up in Arms 1943 (Movie)

(Music)

Cabin in the Sky 1942 (Movie)

(Music)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Gold Diggers of 1937 1935 (Movie)

songs (Song)

At the Circus (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Blues in the Night (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Blues in the Night (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Casbah (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Casbah (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Here Come the Waves (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Here Come the Waves (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Kismet (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Mr. Imperium (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Singing Positive (TV Show)

Song

Strike Me Pink (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Strike Me Pink (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Summer Stock (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Sky's the Limit (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Sky's the Limit (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Water Engine (TV Show)

Music

Yellow Brick Road (TV Show)

Song

Biography

A giant of American song, Harold Arlen wrote the music to some of the most enduring musical numbers of the 20th century, including the songs from "The Wizard of Oz," most famously its signature song, "Over the Rainbow," as well as such classic standards as "Get Happy," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Blues in the Night," "That Old Black Magic" and hundreds more. An accomplished arranger and jazz musician in his teens, Arlen began writing songs for the Cotton Club during its heyday in the 1930s before graduating to Broadway and Hollywood. He collaborated with some of the greatest lyricists of his day, from Ira Gershwin and Johnny Mercer to E.A. "Yip" Harburg, who penned the words to his memorable "Oz" songs. His work for feature films was no less memorable, though the films they accompanied rarely met the high standards of his music, save perhaps for "A Star is Born" (1952), which featured "The Man That Got Away." Arlen's work declined along with his health in the late 1960s, though his songs remained evergreen thanks to countless cover versions in nearly every genre of music - from jazz and pop to rock and blues. In a career that spanned over half a decade, Harold Arlen brought swing, bounce, blues and joy to the sound of modern-day America.

Relationships

Jerry Arlen

Brother
born November 11, 1912

Samuel Arlen

Nephew
adopted by Harold Arlen before his death and made primary heir

Samuel Arluck

Father
son of Russian Jews married Celia Orlin on April 15, 1904

Celia Arluck

Mother
daughter of Polish Jews married Samuel Arluck on April 15, 1904

Anya Taranda

Wife
was an early model for the Breck (shampoo) Girl married January 8, 1937 in Harrison, NY died of a cerebral tumor on March 9, 1970

Frances Williams

Companion
dated briefly in early 1930s

EDUCATION

P S 32

Buffalo , New York

Hutchinson Central High School

Buffalo , New York
dropped out in 1921 at age 16

Technical High School

Buffalo , New York
dropped out

Milestones

1974

Final original work, composed the songs for the ABC series "Paper Moon"

1939

Provided music and songs for the feature, "At the Circus"

1939

Received an Oscar for his work on "The Wizard of Oz"

1934

First work in a feature, supplying songs for "Let's Fall in Love"

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