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Arthur Schwartz


Composer, Pianist, Film Producer, Lawyer

(1900 - 1984)

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Arthur Schwartz displayed musical interests early, teaching himself piano and harmonica. But his attorney father wanted him to go to law school, so Arthur graduated and passed the bar in 1924, all the time publishing songs. When he met Howard Dietz in 1928 they collaborated on “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” and “I’ve Made a Habit of You” which appeared in Broadway’s The Little Show (1929).

In 1930 Three’s a Crowd featured the hit “Something to Remember You By.” In 1931 The Bandwagon was a huge success with “Dancing in the Dark” and “I Love Louisa.” In 1932 Flying Colors produced “Alone Together,” “Louisiana Hayride,” and “A Shine on Your Shoes.” Their next 1934 show flopped but featured “You and the Night and the Music” and “If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You.”

While Schwartz endured a series of Broadway flops, he enjoyed success writing for movies. Bette Davis sang the Oscar-nominated “They’re Either Too Young or Too Old” (lyrics by Frank Loesser) in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943). “A Gal in Calico” from The Time, the Place, and the Girl (1946) earned another Academy nomination for him and lyricist Leo Robin.

Schwartz turned to producing films with Cover Girl in 1944 and Night and Day in 1946. In 1948 he returned to Broadway and wrote “Haunted Heart” which became a hit for Jo Stafford. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1951), written with Dorothy Fields, brought us “Make the Man Love Me.” In 1953 Schwartz teamed with Dietz for a film adaptation of The Bandwagon. It was nominated for best score and introduced the show biz classic, “That’s Entertainment!”

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American Songbook Series: Arthur Schwartz

Smithsonian Collection Of Recordings: American Songbook Series


Sings Arthur Schwartz - Alone Together

Jonathan Schwartz



Plays the Arthur Schwartz Songbook

Herb Geller



Haunted Heart

Charlie Haden Quartet West



Dancing in the Dark

Tierney Sutton



Dancing in the Dark

Dave McKenna



Alone Together

Jim Hall With the Ron Carter Duo



The Melody at Night With You

Keith Jarrett Includes "Something to Remember You By"



A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1951 Original Broadway Cast)

Johnny Johnston, Nathaniel Frey, Albert Linville, Delbert Anderson, Shirley Booth



The Gay Life (1961 Original Broadway Cast)

Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Barbara Cook, Walter Chiari, Jules Munshin



Jennie (1963 Original Broadway Cast)

Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Mary Martin



The Band Wagon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Arthur Schwartz

Reading and Viewing

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Roy Hemming

The Melody Lingers on: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals

Newmarket Press

(Includes a seven page section on Arthur Schwartz)


Arthur Schwartz (Composer)

Band Wagon: Movie Selections (Classic Movie Musicals)

Warner Brothers Publications


Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan

The Band Wagon

Warner Home Video

DVD


Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly

Cover Girl

Sony Pictures

DVD Producer


Cary Grant, Alexis Smith

Night and Day

Warner Home Video

DVD Producer


That's Entertainment Trilogy

That's Entertainment!

Warner Home Video

DVD


Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan, James Gleason

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

VellaVision

DVD


Arthur Schwartz

A Musical Life in Concert - Arthur Schwartz

Drg

VHS


Eddie Cantor, Bette Davis

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

VHS

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