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Oscar Levant (1906–1972)


Oscar Levant's own versatility may have helped to cloud his memory as a sort of Hollywood utility man, perhaps in the worst sense; people tended to see him as one among many personalities, but he was so much more. It is unfortunately forgotten that he was first and foremost, a brilliant musician and very competent composer. He was from an Orthodox ... See full bio »

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Known For

Humoresque
Humoresque Sid Jeffers
(1946)
An American in Paris
(1951)
O. Henry's Full House
O. Henry's Full House Bill Peoria (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
(1952)
The Band Wagon
The Band Wagon Lester Marton
(1953)

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 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "That's Entertainment")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (performer: "That's for Me" - uncredited)
 2008 Sita Sings the Blues (music: "If You Want the Rainbow, You Must Have the Rain")
 1999 Eyes Wide Shut (music: "Blame It on My Youth" (1934))
 1995 Let It Be Me (writer: "Blame It On My Youth" - as O. Levant)
 1991 The Rocketeer (writer: "ALL DRESSED UP AND NO PLACE TO GO")
 1991 Great Performances (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) ... (performer: "I Love Louisa", "The Half of It, Dearie, Blues", "Oh, Lady Be Good")
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("Blame it on My Youth")
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (performer: "That's Entertainment" (1953), "Concerto in F" (1925) - uncredited)
 1975 Funny Lady (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1974 The Carol Burnett Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.20 (1974) ... (music: "Blame It on My Youth")
  The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1958) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Jack Goes to Doctor (1958) ... (performer: "Piano Solo" - uncredited) / (writer: "Piano Solo" - uncredited)
 1953 The Band Wagon ("That's Entertainment" (1953), uncredited) / (performer: "That's Entertainment" (1953), "I Love Louisa" (1931) - uncredited)
 1953 The I Don't Care Girl (performer: "Hello, Frisco!" - uncredited)
 1951 An American in Paris (performer: "By Strauss" (1936), "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924), "Tra-la-la (This Time It's Really Love)" (1922), "Third Movement from 'Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra'" (1925) - uncredited)
 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway (performer: "Sabre Dance" (1942), "Week-End in the Country" (1949), "Concerto in B-flat Minor for Piano" (1874) - uncredited)
 1948 Romance on the High Seas (music: "Brazilian Rhapsody" - uncredited) / (performer: "Brazilian Rhapsody" - uncredited)
 1946 Humoresque (performer: "Prelude II", "Prelude III", "Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10, No. 5.", "Liebestod", "Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52" - uncredited)
 1946 Her Kind of Man (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (performer: "Rhapsody in Blue", "Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra", "Mine" - uncredited)
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye (performer: "Kiss the Boys Goodbye", "Battle Hymn of The Republic" (uncredited))
 1941 Porky's Bear Facts (Short) (music: "Then Came the Rain" - uncredited)
 1939 Made for Each Other (music: "Made For Each Other" (1939) - uncredited)
 1936 Television Highlights (Short) (writer: "Until Today" - uncredited)
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Opera (music: "Carnival: March Funebre", "Carnival: Ah, Romantic Love Dream", "Carnival: King and Country Call", "Carnival: Carnival Marche", "Carnival: Carnival, Then Farewell")
 1935 In Person (music: "Don't Mention Love to Me", "Got a New Lease on Life", "Out of Sight, Out of Mind")
 1935 Music Is Magic (music: "Honey Chile", "Love is Smiling at Me")
 1935 Steamboat Round the Bend (music: "Steamboat Round the Bend" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 Black Sheep (music: "In Other Words, I'm in Love" (1935) - uncredited)
 1934 A Peach of a Pair (Short) (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1933 The Right to Romance (music: "With You, With Me" (1929) - uncredited)
 1933 Nothing But the Tooth (Short) (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1933 Bosko in Dutch (Short) (music: "Don't Go to Sleep" - uncredited)
 1932 Woman in Bondage (music: "Careless Kisses" - uncredited)
 1931 Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (Short) (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1931 Big Business Girl (music: "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" - uncredited)
 1930 Leathernecking (music: "Evening Star", "Careless Kisses", "Mighty Nice and So Particular")
 1930 Danger Lights (music: "My DreamMemory", "With You With Me" - uncredited)
 1930 Runaway Bride (music: "Lovable and Sweet" (1929) - uncredited)
 1930 Beau Bandit (music: "Lovable and Sweet" (1929) - uncredited)
 1930 Love Comes Along (music: "Night Winds", "Until Love Comes Along")
 1929 Tanned Legs (music: "With You, With Me" (1929), "Come in the Water, the Water Is Fine" (1929), "You're Responsible" (1929), "Tanned Legs" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Jazz Heaven (music: "Someone" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Half Marriage (music: "After the Clouds Roll By", "You're Marvelous" - uncredited)
 1929 The Delightful Rogue (music: "Gay Love")
 1929 Side Street (music: "Take a Look at Her Now" - uncredited)
 1929 The Prince of Wails (Short) (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1929 Street Girl (music: "Broken Up Tune" (1929), "Lovable and Sweet" (1929), "My Dream Memory" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Why Be Good? (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1928 My Man (music: "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)" - uncredited)
 1928 The Band Beautiful (Short) (music: "Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs off the Moon" - uncredited)
 1928 The Ham What Am (Short) (music: "Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs off the Moon" - uncredited)
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Stage Play: Ripples. Musical comedy. Music by Oscar Levant and Albert Szirmai. Book by William Anthony McGuire. Lyrics by Irving Caesar and Graham John. Musical Director: Gus Salzer. Choreographed by William Holbrook and Mary Read. Scenic Design by Joseph Urban. Costume Design by Charles Le Maire and James Reynolds. Directed by William ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Stiller & Meara
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Today I'm a neurotic basket case. My health is so bad that I might as well be the next Premier of India. See more »

Trivia:

Some of his last public appearances were on the television quiz show The Celebrity Game (1964) in 1964; he also appeared October 17, 1965 on What's My Line? (1950) as the mystery guest promoting his book "Memoirs of an Amnesiac". It was around this time that he increasingly withdrew from the public eye (although he continued to write and his book "The Unimportance of Being Oscar" was published in... See more »

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