Hugh Martin

Composer, Arranger, Musician
After making his Broadway acting debut in the short-lived musical "Hooray for What!" (1937), for which he also created the vocal arrangements, Hugh Martin went to work for Richard Rodgers on "The Boys from Syracuse" ... Read more »
Born: 08/11/1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Music (33)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

The Best Man Holiday 2013 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Obsessed 2009 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Sex and the City 2008 (Movie)

("The Trolley Song") (Song)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Deck The Halls 2006 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Composer)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

("An Occasional Man") (Song)

The Family Stone 2005 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Imaginary Heroes 2004 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song Performer)

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Hanging Up 2000 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

("Trolley Song") (Song)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Gravesend 1997 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

The Long Day Closes 1993 (Movie)

music composer("Over the Bannister") (Composer)

All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Heat 1987 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") (Song)

Girl Most Likely 1958 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Girl Most Likely 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

The Girl Rush 1955 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Athena 1954 (Movie)

songs("Love Can Change the Stars" "Chacun Le Sait" "Venezia" "The Girl Next Door" "Imagine" "I Never Felt Better" "Vocalize") (Song)

Good News (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Prancer Returns (TV Show)

Song

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Director (13)

Sid the Science Kid 2008 (TV Show)

Director

The Quill Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

Bear in the Big Blue House 1989 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Crank Yankers 1989 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Eureeka's Castle 1989 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Jay Jay the Jet Plane 1989 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1989 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Crank Yankers Christmas Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Director

The Puzzle Place 1989 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Don't Touch That Box! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Christmas at Eureeka's Castle 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Nickelodeon's TV Dinner Party 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (3)

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Producer

Ramona 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dogboys (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (3)

Black Island 1977 (Movie)

Deliveryman (Actor)

Poldark 1976 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Writer

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

After making his Broadway acting debut in the short-lived musical "Hooray for What!" (1937), for which he also created the vocal arrangements, Hugh Martin went to work for Richard Rodgers on "The Boys from Syracuse" (1938), arranging the show-stopping "Sing for Your Supper". In 1941, he and writing partner Ralph Blane had a hit with "Best Foot Forward" starring Nancy Walker. The pair was invited to join MGM's illustrious music unit under Arthur Freed where they oversaw the 1943 film version of their Broadway success. Martin subsequently received Best Song Oscar nominations (with Blane) for "The Trolley Song" from "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944) and "Pass the Peace Pipe" from "Good News" (1947, also with Roger Edens). Judy Garland's pianist for her NYC Palace appearances in 1951, he walked off the set of "A Star Is Born" (1954) when he clashed with the singer over her interpretation of the song "The Man That Got Away".

Milestones

1998

Composed new songs (with Timothy Gray) for "I Will Come Back", an off-Broadway tribute to Judy Garland starring drag artiste Tommy Femia

1998

Wrote music and lyrics for San Diego workshop production of "Maggie & Jiggs", based on the George McManus comic strip, "Bringing Up Father"

1997

Honored by current hometown of San Diego, CA with a "Hugh Martin Day"

1989

With Blane, wrote ten new songs for the stage version of "Meet Me in St Louis"; received second Tony nomination

1981

Traveled throughout the USA with a gospel camp

1964

With Timothy Gray, co-wrote "High Spirits", a musical based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"; production starred Beatrice Lillie and was directed by Gower Champion (who replaced Coward); received Tony Award nomination

1963

Liza Minnelli made her stage debut in the off-Broadway revival of Martin and Blane's "Best Foot Forward"

1960

Suffered a nervous breakdown

1954

Walked off "A Star Is Born" because of a falling-out with Garland over the interpretation of "The Man That Got Away"; received no film credit

1951

Served as pianist for Judy Garland during her performances at the Palace Theater in NYC

1948

Wrote score for "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'", conceived by Jerome Robbins and directed by George Abbott for Broadway

1947

Received second Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "Pass the Peace Pipe" from "Good News"; written with Blane and Roger Edens

1943

With Blane, wrote several songs for "Meet Me in St Louis"; earned Oscar nomination for "The Trolly Song"; first association with Judy Garland; also penned perennial "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

1942

Film version of "Best Foot Forward" released

1940

With Ralph Blane, wrote score for the Broadway show "Best Foot Forward"

1938

Hired by Richard Rodgers to create vocal arrangements for "The Boys From Syracuse"

1937

Made Broadway debut in "Hooray for What!"; also worked on vocal arrangements

Hired by MGM to work under Arthur Freed in the music unit

Served in the US Army during WWII; worked in the Special Entertainment forces

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