Mort Greene

Songwriter, Writer, Producer
As a songwriter, TV writer, and associate film producer, Greene had a significant Hollywood career in features and TV. As a songwriter, he contributed songs to a number of 1940s films including "Call Out the Marines" ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1912 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Music (10)

Still the Beaver 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Beyond the Blue Horizon (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Call out the Marines (Movie)

(Songwriter)

From This Day Forward (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Nocturne (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Return of the Bad Men (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Sing Your Worries Away (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Big Street (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Tulsa (Movie)

(Songwriter)
Actor (1)

The Lone Wolf Returns (Movie)

Crooner (Actor)
Writer (1)

The Red Skelton Show 1951 - 1971 (Tv Show)

Writer

Biography

As a songwriter, TV writer, and associate film producer, Greene had a significant Hollywood career in features and TV. As a songwriter, he contributed songs to a number of 1940s films including "Call Out the Marines" (1941), "The Big Street," Alan Dwan's "Here We Go Again," "Sing Your Worries Away" (all 1942), and "Tulsa" (1949). He also provided TV themes for "Tales of Wells Fargo," "The Restless Gun," and "Lawrence Welk Champagne Time." Greene's indelible contribution to TV musical history is entitled "The Toy Parade" but known as the charming theme to "Leave It to Beaver." He produced the popular 50s sitcom "The Bob Cummings Show" and served a long stint as a staff writer on "The Red Skelton Show." Greene wrote many of the show's celebrated "Silent Spot" pantomime segments. He also wrote material for bandleader Bob Crosby (Bing's brother), Johnny Carson, and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh In." Greene also produced and wrote various Las Vegas acts.

Relationships

Louise Cornell

Companion
survived him

Nicki Daly

Daughter
survived him

Melissa Newton

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1966

Co-wrote "Clown Alley", a Red Skelton variety special that saluted circus clowns

1955

Produced "The Bob Cummings Show" on NBC and CBS

1931

Moved to Hollywood at age 19 (date approximate)

Wrote the popular "Silent Spot" pantomime segment of "The Red Skelton Show" for many years

Worked as a writer on "The Red Skelton Show"

Served as an associate producer on two 20th Century-Fox films

Produced and wrote various Las Vegas acts

Wrote songs for Hollywood movies including "Call Out the Marines" (1941), "The Big Street", Alan Dwan's "Here We Go Again", "Sing Your Worries Away" (all 1942), and "Tulsa" (1949)

Wrote TV theme music for "Leave It to Beaver", "Tales of Wells Fargo", "The Restless Gun", and "Lawrence Welk Champagne Time"

Wrote musical and/or comedy material for Bob Crosby, Johnny Carson, and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"

Bonus Trivia

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Greene was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song for "There's a Breeze on Lake Louise" from "The Mayor of 44th Street" (1942).

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Greene (along with Red Skelton and eight other writers) was nominated for a 1962/63 Emmy for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy for "The Red Skelton Show"

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