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David Raksin

Composer, Arranger, Pianist, Conductor, Radio Host, Educator, Author

(1912 - 2004)

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David Raksin is well known for composing the soundtracks to the films Laura (1944), Forever Amber (1947) and Separate Tables (1958), the latter two receiving Oscar nominations for Best Score. A fourth, the remarkably sensual The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), has never received the attention it deserves.

Raksin has composed, arranged, orchestrated, and scored for hundreds of plays, movies, and television shows, also writing for ballet and the concert hall. Among his film credits are a surprising number of Westerns--Across the Wide Missouri (1951), A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966), and Will Penny (1968). He also scored the TV series, Wagon Train (1957) and the TV movie The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978).

One of the early films on which he served as arranger was Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936). Other films for which he is credited include The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1946) with Betty Grable, Daisy Kenyon and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), Pat and Mike (1952) with Tracy and Hepburn, and Twilight for the Gods (1958) with Henry Fonda and Joanne Woodward.

Raksin also wrote an autobiography, If I Say So Myself, which is awaiting publication.

- Sandra Burlingame

The Bad And The Beautiful: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

David Raksin (Composer)

Forever Amber (1947 Film)

David Raksin

Two Weeks in Another Town

Jimmy McHugh, David Raksin, David Raksin, Leslie Uggams

Portrait Of Kevin Mahogany

Kevin Mahogany Includes "Laura"

The Very Best of Grappelli and Menuhin

Stephane Grappelli, Yehudi Menuhin Includes "Laura"

A Time for Love

Renee Rosnes Trio Includes "The Bad and the Beautiful"

Laura/The Bad & The Beautiful/Forever Amber

David Raksin, New Philharmonic Orchestra
Reading and Viewing

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David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, Kristin Thompson

The Classical Hollywood Cinema

Columbia University Press

Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times

Warner Home Video


Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price


20th Century Fox


Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven

Separate Tables (1958)


Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)


Wagon Train:TV Classics (1957)


Charlton Heston

Will Penny (1968)


Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


Charles Bickford, Jim Boles, Mae Clarke, Allan Collins, Chester Conklin

A Big Hand for the Little Lady

Warner Home Video


Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene, George Sanders, Glenn Langan

Forever Amber


The Ghost of Flight 401



Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde

Forever Amber (1947)


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