Sammy Cahn

Lyricist, Violinist
One of the last popular song lyricists in the old tradition of Broadway and the classical Hollywood musical. Growing up on New York's Lower East Side, Cahn created vaudeville material with Saul Chaplin and later moved ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1913 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (234)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") (Song)

Roar 2015 (Movie)

lyrics("It's Been a Long Long Time") (Theme Lyrics)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("Hatikvah") (Song)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2014 (Movie)

("You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!") (Song)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 (Movie)

("It's Been A Long, Long Time") (Song)

Jersey Boys 2014 (Movie)

("If You Don't Think I'm Leaving") (Song)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Nicky Deuce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Song

Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 (Movie)

("(It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along") (Song)

Hitchcock 2012 (Movie)

"Ain't That A Kick In The Head" (Song)

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

Song

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

("It'S Been A Long, Long Time") (Song)

Father of Invention 2011 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") (Song)

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2011 (Movie)

("The Christmas Waltz") (Song)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

("The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World") (Song)

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

"Ain't That A Kick In The Head" (Song)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

("Time After Time") (Song)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

("Love And Marriage") (Song)

Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 (Movie)

("Let Me Try Again") (Song)

My Best Friend's Girl 2008 (Movie)

("Tender Trap (Love Is The)") (Song)

Tinker Bell 2008 (Movie)

("You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!") (Song)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

("Time After Time") (Song)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

("Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") (Song)

Year of Getting to Know Us 2007 (Movie)

("Come Blow Your Horn") (Song)

American Pie Presents Beta House 2006 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One For The Road 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Song

Click 2006 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Flags of Our Fathers 2006 (Movie)

("I'll Walk Alone") (Song)

Let's Go To Prison 2006 (Movie)

("Ain't That A Kick In The Head") (Song)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

("High Hopes") (Song)

Silence Becomes You 2006 (Movie)

("I Fall In Love Too Easily") (Song)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

("The Best of Everything") (Song)

Little Manhattan 2005 (Movie)

("Teach Me Tonight") (Song)

Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 (Movie)

("Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You're Grand)") (Song)

The Family Stone 2005 (Movie)

("Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") (Song)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 (Movie)

("Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)") (Song)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Peter Pan: Return to Neverland 2002 (Movie)

("Second Star to the Right") (Song)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

("My Kind of Town") (Song)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

My First Mister 2001 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Spy Game 2001 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

("Time After Time") (Song)

Hanging Up 2000 (Movie)

("Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow") (Song)

Perdita Durango 2000 (Movie)

("Vera Cruz") (Song)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

("(It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along") (Song)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

("High Hopes") (Song)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

songs("Call Me Irresponsible" "Where Love Has Gone") (Song)

Angela's Ashes 1999 (Movie)

("Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You're Grand)") (Song)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

("It's Been a Long, Long Time") (Song)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

("September of My Tears") (Song)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

My Son the Fanatic 1999 (Movie)

("Teach Me Tonight") (Song)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

("I Fall In Love Too Easily") (Song)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

("Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night in the Week") (Song)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

("Hight Hopes") (Song)

Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)

("Teach Me Tonight") (Song)

Nil By Mouth 1998 (Movie)

("Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means That You're Grand)") (Song)

Sour Grapes 1998 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Home Alone 3 1997 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

("The Christmas Blues") (Song)

Married... With Children 1986 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Song

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

The Man Who Drove With Mandela 1997 (Movie)

("Life Could not Better Be") (Song)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

("Teach Me Tonight") (Song)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

songs("Come Fly with Me" "Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Mother 1996 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

("I'll Never Stop Loving You") (Song)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

Search and Destroy 1995 (Movie)

("Shoe Shine Boy") (Song Performer)

Search and Destroy 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

songs("Same Old Song and Dance" "Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

("Teach Me Tonight") (Song)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Rookie of the Year 1993 (Movie)

("The Second Time Around") (Song)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

("Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You're Grand)") (Song)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

("Teach Me Tonight") (Song)

Cool World 1992 (Movie)

("Let's Make Love") (Song)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

("Three Coins in the Fountain") (Song)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

("I'll Walk Alone") (Song)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") (Song)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

("Call Me Irresponsible") (Song)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

("Come Fly With Me") (Song)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Kick In the Head") (Song)

Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser 1989 (Movie)

("I Should Care") (Song)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

("Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") (Song)

License to Drive 1988 (Movie)

("Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)") (Song)

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

("Three Coins in the Fountain") (Song)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

An All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Evening at Pops (08/17/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

("I've Heard That Song Before") (Song)

Heartbreak Ridge 1986 (Movie)

("How Much I Care") (Song)

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

All-Star Party For Lucille Ball 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

("I'll Be Loving You") (Song)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

("Teach Me Tonight") (Song)

Eubie Blake: A Century of Music 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Music

Porky's II: The Next Day 1983 (Movie)

lyrics("Three Coins in the Fountain") (Theme Lyrics)

Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean 1982 (Movie)

lyrics("The Last Dance") (Theme Lyrics)

Heidi's Song 1981 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Last Metro 1981 (Movie)

lyrics("Bei mir bist du schon") (Theme Lyrics)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

lyrics("Come Fly With Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Shifshuf Naim 1980 (Movie)

lyrics("Three Coins in the Fountain") (Theme Lyrics)

Falling in Love Again 1979 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Fingers 1978 (Movie)

lyrics("Now Is Forever") (Theme Lyrics)

King of the Gypsies 1978 (Movie)

lyrics("Be My Love") (Theme Lyrics)

The Stud 1977 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Mikey and Nicky 1976 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

Not Now, Comrade 1976 (Movie)

("Not Now") (Song)

Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

("I've Heard That Song Before") (Song)

Paper Tiger 1975 (Movie)

("My Little Friend") (Song)

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1975 (Movie)

lyrics("Fool's Gold" "Please Don't Touch My Plums" "Blimey" "The Touch of Love" "Lemon Drops, Lollipops and Sunbeams") (Theme Lyrics)

Whiffs 1975 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Journey Back to Oz 1974 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Night Watch 1973 (Movie)

lyrics("The Night Has Many Eyes") (Theme Lyrics)

Welcome to Arrow Beach 1973 (Movie)

lyrics("Who Can Tell Us Why") (Theme Lyrics)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Nightmare Honeymoon 1971 (Movie)

("The Tender Trap") (Song)

The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

songs("The Rainbow Rider" "Heaven Helps Him Who Helps Himself") (Song)

A Flea in Her Ear 1968 (Movie)

title song lyrics (Song)

Star! 1968 (Movie)

("Star!") (Song)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Long Hot Summer 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Texas Across the River 1965 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Hanged Man 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Song

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

lyrics("All the Way") (Theme Lyrics)

Robin and the Seven Hoods 1964 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Come Blow Your Horn 1963 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Honeymoon Hotel 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Johnny Cool 1963 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Hanged Man 1963 (Movie)

("Only Trust Your Husband") (Song)

The Pleasure Seekers 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Boys' Night Out 1962 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

title song (Song)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

lyrics("Home in the Meadow") (Theme Lyrics)

My Six Loves 1962 (Movie)

("It's A Damn Good Thing") (Song)

Papa's Delicate Condition 1962 (Movie)

lyrics("Call Me Irresponsible") (Theme Lyrics)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

title song (Song)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

ti (Theme Lyrics)

Come Fly With Me 1961 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Pleasure of His Company 1961 (Movie)

title song (Song)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Let's Make Love 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

songs("Ain't That A Kick In The Head" "Eee-o Eleven") (Song)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

song material (Song)

Surprise Package 1960 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The World of Suzie Wong 1960 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Who Was That Lady? 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1959 (Movie)

lyrics("Twice As Tall" "The Faithful Heart") (Theme Lyrics)

A Hole in the Head 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("All My Tomorrows" "High Hopes") (Theme Lyrics)

Career 1958 (Movie)

("Love is a 'Career'") (Song)

Holiday For Lovers 1958 (Movie)

title song lyrics (Song)

Home Before Dark 1958 (Movie)

lyrics(title song) (Theme Lyrics)

Indiscreet 1958 (Movie)

("Indiscreet") (Song)

Night of the Quarter Moon 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("Night of the Quarter Moon") (Theme Lyrics)

Paris Holiday 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("Every Day's A Holiday in Paris") (Theme Lyrics)

Party Girl 1958 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Rock-a-Bye Baby 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("Rock-a-Bye Baby" "Dormi-Dormi-Dormi" "Love Is A Lonely Thing" "The White Virgin of the Nile" "Why Can't He Care For Me?" "The Land of La-la-la") (Theme Lyrics)

Some Came Running 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("To Love and Be Loved") (Theme Lyrics)

The Best of Everything 1958 (Movie)

title song lyrics (Song)

The Long, Hot Summer 1958 (Movie)

lyrics("The Long Hot Summer") (Theme Lyrics)

They Came to Cordura 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

This Earth Is Mine 1958 (Movie)

title song lyrics (Song)

Anna Lucasta 1957 (Movie)

lyrics("That's Anna") (Theme Lyrics)

Don't Go Near the Water 1957 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Pal Joey 1957 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Joker Is Wild 1957 (Movie)

("All the Way") (Song)

This Could Be the Night 1957 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Until They Sail 1957 (Movie)

lyrics("Until They Sail") (Theme Lyrics)

Anything Goes 1956 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Forever, Darling 1956 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Pardners 1956 (Movie)

songs("Pardners" "The Wind! The Wind!" "Me "N You 'N the Moon") (Song)

Serenade 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

The Opposite Sex 1956 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Written on the Wind 1956 (Movie)

("Written on the Wind") (Song)

How to Be Very, Very Popular 1955 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Love Me or Leave Me 1955 (Movie)

("I'll Never Stop Loving You") (Song)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The Tender Trap 1955 (Movie)

("(Love Is...)The Tender Trap") (Song)

You're Never Too Young 1955 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

songs("Summer in Rrome" "Indiscretion") (Song)

Three Coins in the Fountain 1954 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Vera Cruz 1954 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Woman's World 1954 (Movie)

lyrics("It's A Woman's World") (Theme Lyrics)

Peter Pan 1953 (Movie)

lyrics("Peter Pan Story") (Theme Lyrics)

Peter Pan 1953 (Movie)

songs("The Elegant Captain Hook" "The Second Star to the Right" "What Made the Red Man Red?" "You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly" "Your Mother and Mine") (Song)

She's Working Her Way Through College 1952 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Always Leave Them Laughing 1948 (Movie)

(Music)

Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

lyrics("I Fall in Love Too Easily") (Theme Lyrics)

The Kid From Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Let's Face It 1942 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Youth on Parade 1941 (Movie)

lyrics("I've Heard That Song Before") (Theme Lyrics)

Time Out For Rhythm 1940 (Movie)

songs (Song)

April in Paris (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Argentine Nights (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Argentine Nights (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Blind Faith (TV Show)

Song

Brooklyn Bridge (TV Show)

Music

Coins in the Fountain (TV Show)

Song

Double Dynamite (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Honolulu Lu (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Knickerbocker Holiday (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Ladies' Man (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Two Yanks in Trinidad (Movie)

(Songwriter)
Actor (9)

Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perils of P.K. 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boardwalk 1979 (Movie)

Morris (Actor)

Hi, I'm Glen Campbell 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Play It Again, Uncle Sam 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

One of the last popular song lyricists in the old tradition of Broadway and the classical Hollywood musical. Growing up on New York's Lower East Side, Cahn created vaudeville material with Saul Chaplin and later moved to Hollywood in the late 1930s after they penned a No. 1 hit for the Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen". When Chaplin moved on to orchestrating musicals, Cahn teamed with Jule Styne, co-writing songs for 19 films between 1942 and 1951 as well as the landmark Broadway musical, "High Button Shoes" (1947). Although he worked occasionally with such other collaborators as Nicholas Brodszky ("Be My Love", "I'll Never Stop Loving You"), Cahn made a memorable partner for Styne, encapsulating wartime nostalgia with "It's Been a Long, Long Time" and providing No. 1 hits for Frank Sinatra (the Oscar-winning "Three Coins in the Fountain") and Doris Day ("It's Magic").

Relationships

Tita Cahn

Wife
Cahn's second wife survived him at one time worked for clothing designer Donald Brooks

Laurie Cahn

Daughter
survived him

Steven Cahn

Son
survived him

Milestones

1974

Opened on Broadway at the Golden Theatre with "Words and Music"; later toured with the show

1965

Co-wrote (with Van Heusen) two unsuccessful Broadway musicals, "Skyscraper" and "Walking Happy"

1956

Ended collaboration with Styne; partnered with composer Jimmy Van Heusen

1947

Wrote (with Styne) the score for the popular Broadway musical, "High Button Shoes"

1941

Began songwriting collaboration with Jule Styne (date approximate)

1935

Began career as lyricist

1935

Teamed with Saul Chaplin writing material for vaudeville; pair had first song hit with "Rhythm Is Our Business", written for Jimmie Lunceford's orchestra

Moved to Los Angeles in the early 1940s; worked for a time for Columbia Studios

Cahn and Chaplin asked by Decca Records producer Jack Kapp to write an English-language version of a song from the score of "I Would If I Could", a Yiddish musical of 1933

Studied the violin as a child; worked in his teens as an itinerant fiddler, playing at wedding, bar mitzvahs and other festivities

Bonus Trivia

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President of the National Academy of Popular Music (a.k.a. Songwriters Hall of Fame), from 1973 until the time of his death.

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Co-produced, with Jule Styne, the revival of "Pal Joey" which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1951/52. _

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