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Clifford Grey

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b. Percival Davis, 5 January 1887, Birmingham, Western world Midlands, Britain, d. 25 Sept 1941, Ipswich, Suffolk, Britain. A prolific lyricist and librettist for the London and NY stage, Gray started out being a performer before collaborating with composer Nat D. Ayer over the rating for The Bing Children Are Right here. This immensely well-known revue opened on the Alhambra Theater in London in Apr 1916, and included two of Gray’s most long lasting numbers, ‘If YOU HAD BEEN The Only Young lady In The Globe’ and ‘Another Small Drink Wouldn’t Perform Us Any Damage’. Through the next couple of years, Gray contributed words to many other revues, such as for example Pell-Mell (Ayer), The Bing Women IS THERE (Ayer, ‘Allow THE FANTASTIC Big Globe Keep Turning’), ANOTHER Bing Young boys (Ayer), Hullo, America! (Herman Finck), The Bing Brothers On Broadway (Ayer, ‘Initial Love, Last Like, Best Like’), and Johnny Jones (Charles Cuvillièr), and a few musical has: Theodore & Co. (Ivor Novello – Jerome Kern), Arlette (Jane Vieu-Guy Lefeuvre-Novello), Yes, Uncle! (Ayer), Who’s Hooper? (Howard Talbot -Novello), Kissing Period (Ivan Caryll -Willie Redstone), along with a PARTICULAR DATE (Redstone). In 1920, Gray visited America and restored his association with Kern for Florenz Ziegfeld’s Sally. This luxurious creation, which starred Marilyn Miller, Leon Errol and Walter Catlett, went for 570 shows. Among the interesting Kern/Gray numbers had been ‘Sally’, ‘Crazy Rose’, and ‘The Cathedral ’Circular The Part’ (lyric also with P.G. Wodehouse). Gray remained in america for most from the 20s, although, through the early area of the 10 years, he was also symbolized in the Western world End by Phi-Phi (1922, Henri Christiné), The Smith Family members (1922, Ayer), as well as the Rainbow (1923, George Gershwin). For Broadway, he supplied the lyrics – plus some events the libretti – to some string of musical comedies and revues of adjustable quality. These included The Resort Mouse (1922, Armand Vecsey-Caryll), Woman Butterfly (1923, Werner Janssen), Vogues Of 1924 (Herbert Stothart), Majorie (1924, Stothart- Sigmund Romberg -Stephen Jones), Performers And Versions (1924, Romberg- J. Fred Coots), Annie Dear (1924, Romberg), Performers And Versions (1925, Alfred Goodman-Coots-Maurice Rubens), June Times (1925, Coots), Homosexual Paree (1925, Goodman-Coots), Mayflowers (1925, Edward Kunneke), A Night time In Paris (1926, Coots-Rubens), The Merry Globe (1926, Coots), The Co-Optimists (1928, Melville Gideon), The Madcap (1928, Rubens), Sunny Times (1928, Jean Schwartz), and Ups-A-Daisy (1928, Lewis E. Gensler). His most fulfilling projects for this period were Strike The Deck (1927, Vincent Youmans – Leo Robin), which went for 352 shows, and created the rousing ‘Hallelujah!’; as well as the 3 Musketeers (1928, Rudolph Friml -Wodehouse), a Ziegfeld creation, with ‘Ma Belle’ and ‘March FROM THE Musketeers’ outstanding. Gray also published the British lyric to José Padilla’s spirited ‘Valencia’, which Hazel Dawn released within the 1926 Shubert revue Great Temptations. The tune went on to become big hit in america for Paul Whiteman, Ben Selvin AS WELL AS THE Revelers, amongst others. Using the development of talking images, Gray resolved in Hollywood to get a spell, collaborating with Victor Schertzinger for the rating for the 1929 Maurice Chevalier / Jeanette MacDonald automobile, The Appreciate Parade (‘Fantasy Lover’, ‘No one’s DEPLOYING IT Today’, ‘Paris, Stay The Same’, ‘March FROM THE Grenadiers’, ‘My Appreciate Parade’), with Oscar Straus on another Chevalier automobile, The Smiling Lieutenant (1931, ‘One Even more Hour Of Appreciate’, ‘Jazz Up Your Lingerie’, ‘Toujours L’Amour WITHIN THE Military’, ‘Live For Today’). He also added to two Ramon Novarro films, Devil May Treatment (1929, Stothart, ‘Charming’) andIn Homosexual Madrid (1930, Stothart, ‘Dark Evening’), along with the Rogue Tune (1929, Stothart- Franz Lehár, ‘When I’m CONSIDERING You’, ‘Light Dove’, ‘The Rogue Tune’), which got operatic baritone Lawrence Tibbett as its primary attraction. Another task with Stothart was The Floradora Young lady (1930, UK name The Homosexual Nineties), which highlighted Marion Davies, and tracks such as for example ‘Move The Beverage And Pretzels’, ‘Swingin’ Down The Street’, and ‘My SORT OF Man’. After that, aside from having a couple of numbers within the disappointing Broadway musical Smiles, including ‘I’m Pleased I Waited’ (1930, Youmans- Harold Adamson), that was sung by Fred Astaire and Marilyn Miller, Gray spent the rest of his profession in Britain. He also offered as librettist or co-librettist on nearly all shows he done there. The to begin these was the greatly well-known Mr. Cinders, that Gray collaborated around the publication and lyrics with Greatrex Newman. The music was made up by Vivian Ellis, as well as the show’s most remarkable track, ‘Spread JUST A LITTLE Happiness’, that was sweetly sung by Binnie Hale, continues to be revived many times over time by various performers, including the rock and roll celebrity Sting, who required it in to the UK Best 20 in 1982. They have even received the best accolade to be featured within a tv commercial. Another interesting Gray tune, ‘Got A Time With An Angel’, created with Jack port Waller, Sonny Miller and Joseph Tunbridge, was released by Bobby Howes within the ‘play with music’, For The Appreciate Of Mike (1931). Howes got quite a strike with it in the united kingdom, and the quantity became popular in america for Skinnay Ennis using the Hal Kemp Orchestra. Grey continued to operate consistently through the 30s, on screenplays and tracks for British movies, and Western world End shows such as for example FROM THE Container (1932, Oscar Levant -Ellis), THE MAIN ONE Female (1933, a modified edition of Smiles, with Youmans and Adamson), Order Efficiency (1933, Waller-Tunbridge), Mr. Whittington (1934, Waller-Tunbridge-Green, ‘Oceans Of Period’), Jack port O’ Gemstones (1935, Noel Homosexual), Like Laughs! (1935, Homosexual), IN THE Metallic Swan, (1936, Edmond Samuels), Oh, You Letty (1937, Paul Sheron), and Bobby GET THE Weapon (1938, Waller-Tunbridge). Soon after the outbreak of Globe War II, Gray became a member of ENSA, and went concert celebrations for the soldiers until his loss of life, which was due to the blast from a bomb.

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Date Of Birth January 5, 1887
Died September 25, 1941, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Profession Actor, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Lyricist, Film Score Composer, Librettist, Bobsleigher
Nationality British
Spouse Dorothy Gould
Parents Emma Lowe, George Davis
Movies Hit the Deck, Rome Express, Sleeping Car to Trieste, My Song Goes Round the World, Girls Will Be Boys, Dandy Dick, Boys Will Be Girls, Lord Babs, Mimi, A Kiss in a Taxi, Drake of England, The Lambeth Walk, The Rainbow Princess, For the Love of Mike, King of the Ritz, Queen of Hearts, Sing as You Swing, The Student's Romance, Brewster's Millions, Lucky to Me, Give Her a Ring, The Middle Watch, Pearls Bring Tears, The Song You Gave Me, My Wife's Family, This Is the Life, Heart's Desire, Invitation to the Waltz, Alien Blood, The Luck of a Sailor, Carnival, Facing the Music, The Cost, Sally, Hold My Hand


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#Fact
1 Member of the US winter Olympics bobsled team in 1928 (gold medal, 5-man event) and 1932 (gold medal, 4-man event).
2 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 249-250. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Allo 'Allo! 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business 1983 TV Movie writer: "If You Were The Only Boy"
Lonely Hearts 1982 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
The Agatha Christie Hour 1982 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Brimstone & Treacle 1982 lyrics: "Spread a Little Happiness"
M*A*S*H 1981 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Duchess of Duke Street 1977 TV Series lyrics - 3 episodes
Upstairs, Downstairs 1974 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
That's Entertainment! 1974 lyrics: "Hallelujah" 1927 - uncredited
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game 1973 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
For the Love of Ada 1972 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
The Merv Griffin Show 1968 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Glenn Miller Time 1961 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" 1916 - uncredited
The Helen Morgan Story 1957 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Date with the Angels 1957 TV Series lyrics: "Got A Date With An Angel"
1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration 1955 Short documentary lyrics: "Hallelujah"
Hit the Deck 1955 lyrics: "Join the Navy" 1927, "Hallelujah" 1927, "Lucky Bird" 1927, "A Kiss or Two" 1927, "Why, Oh Why?" 1927, "Loo-Loo" 1927 - uncredited
Let's Make Up 1954 lyrics: "If You Were The Only Girl In The World"
La joie de vivre 1954 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Adventures of Sadie 1953 writer: "If You Were The Only Girl In The World" - uncredited
By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Everything I Have Is Yours 1952 lyrics: "Like Monday Follows Sunday"
The Voice of Firestone 1951-1952 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
The Magic Box 1951 writer: "Let the Great Big World Keep Turning" 1917 - uncredited
Flesh & Blood 1951 lyrics: "Let the Great Big World Keep Turning" - uncredited
Look for the Silver Lining 1949 lyrics: "Wild Rose" - uncredited
Mickey 1948 lyrics: "If I Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Piccadilly Incident 1946 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Brief Encounter 1945 lyrics: "Let The Great Big World Keep Turning" - uncredited
The Way Ahead 1944 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Lady in the Dark 1944 lyrics: "Dream Lover" - uncredited
Top Man 1943 "Dream Lover"
Variety Jubilee 1943 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World", "I Stopped, I Looked and I Listened" - uncredited
In Which We Serve 1942 writer: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Arise, My Love 1940 lyrics: "Dream Lover" 1929 - uncredited
Band Waggon 1940 writer: "The Only One Who's Difficult Is You" 1940
Laugh It Off 1940 writer: "If You Wrere the Only Girl in the World"
Yes, Madam? 1939 lyrics: "Good Luck", "Yes, Madam"
Sing as You Swing 1937 lyrics: "Calling All Stars", "Let's Dance", "Swing as You Swing", "That's As Far As It Goes"
Crime Over London 1936 lyrics: "Half a Dozen Reasons"
Southern Roses 1936 lyrics: "Southern Roses"
The Great Ziegfeld 1936 lyrics: "March of the Musketeers" 1928 - uncredited
Queen of Hearts 1936 lyrics: "Why Did I Have to Meet You?", "Do You Remember My First Love Song?"
Things Are Looking Up 1935 writer: "Things Are Looking Up"
Abdul the Damned 1935 lyrics: "Sultan's Hymn", "Song of Freedom", "Teresa's Song", "I Bring a Song", "Kan-Kan"
Heart's Desire 1935 lyrics: "My World Is Gold Because You Love Me", "Let Me Awaken", "A Message Sweet As Roses', "All Hope Is Ended" - uncredited
Me and Marlborough 1935 writer: "All for a Shilling a Day" - uncredited
The Student's Romance 1935 lyrics: "There's a Smile in the Skies", "O Lassie Come"
Vaudeville 1935 Short lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Mister Cinders 1934 lyrics: "Where's Jim?", "I Could Get Used to You", "Spread a Little Happiness", "Just a Blue Sky"
The Song You Gave Me 1933 lyrics: "The Song You Gave to Me"
You Made Me Love You 1933 writer: "Miss Whatshername", "Why Can't We"
Today We Live 1933 writer: "Today We Live" - uncredited
The Woman in Command 1933 writer: "The Moment I Saw You"
Midshipmaid Gob 1932 lyrics: "One Little Kiss from You"
There Goes the Bride 1932 lyrics: "I'll Stay With You", "I'm Looking For You" - uncredited
The Smiling Lieutenant 1931 lyrics: "Toujours l'Amour in the Army" 1931, "While Hearts Are Singing" 1931, "Breakfast Table Love" 1931, "One More Hour of Love" 1931, "Jazz Up Your Lingerie" 1931, "What Can They Expect of Me?" 1931
Le chanteur de Séville 1931 lyrics: "Lonely"
One Heavenly Night 1931 lyrics: "Along the Road of Dreams"
New Moon 1930 lyrics: "Farmer's Daughter" 1929, "What Is Your Price Madam?" 1929 - uncredited
A Lady's Morals 1930 lyrics: "It Is Destiny" 1930, "Student's Song" 1930, "I Hear Your Voice" 1930 - uncredited
Madam Satan 1930 lyrics: "The Cat Walk" 1930, "Meet Madam" 1930, "We're Going Somewhere" 1930 - uncredited
Call of the Flesh 1930 lyrics: "Lonely" 1930 - uncredited
The Florodora Girl 1930 lyrics: "My Kind of Man" 1930, "Pass the Beer and Pretzels" 1930 - uncredited
In Gay Madrid 1930 lyrics: "Santiago" 1930, "Dark Night" 1930 - uncredited
The Rogue Song 1930 lyrics: "The White Dove", "When I'm Looking At You", "The Rogue Song", "The Narrative"
Ladies of Leisure 1930 writer: "Let's Be Common" - uncredited
Montana Moon 1930 writer: "Let Me Give You Love" 1930, "Trailin' in Old Montana" 1930, "Montana Call" 1930 - uncredited
Hit the Deck 1929 lyrics: "An Armful of You", "Hallelujah", "Harbor of My Heart", "Join the Navy", "Nothing Could Be Sweeter"
Sally 1929 lyrics: "Sally" 1920, "Wild Rose" 1920 - uncredited
Devil-May-Care 1929 lyrics: "Shepherd Serenade" 1929, "Charming" 1929, "If He Cared" 1929, "March of the Guard" 1929 - uncredited
The Vagabond Lover 1929 lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" 1929 - uncredited
The Love Parade 1929 lyrics: "Ooh, La La" 1929, "Paris, Stay the Same" 1929, "Dream Lover" 1929, "Anything to Please the Queen" 1929, "My Love Parade" 1929, "Let's Be Common" 1929, "March of the Grenadiers" 1929, "Nobody's Using It Now" 1929, "The Queen Is Always Right" 1929 - uncredited
Syncopation 1929 lyrics: "Mine Alone" - uncredited
The Simpsons 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 writer: "Dream Lover from Popeye Meets Hercules"
The Wipers Times 2013 TV Movie writer: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World"
Mr Selfridge 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Downton Abbey 2011 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Abel Escoto: Fragmentos de Vida e Obra 2009 Documentary short "Paris Stays the Same"
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical 2008 Video documentary lyrics: "My Love Parade" - uncredited
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Complicated Women 2003 TV Movie documentary writer: "Jazz Up Your Lingerie"
Bertie and Elizabeth 2002 TV Movie lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl In the World" - uncredited
Gosford Park 2001 lyrics: "What a Duke Should Be" 1916
The Cat's Meow 2001 writer: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" 1916
Amélie 2001 writer: "Got a Date with an Angel"
Hamish Macbeth 1997 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Basquiat 1996 writer: "Paris Je T'aime Paris, Stay the Same"
God on the Rocks 1990 TV Movie "If You Were the Only Girl in the World"
First and Last 1989 TV Movie lyrics: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited
Till We Meet Again 1989 TV Mini-Series lyrics - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jim und Jill 1958 TV Movie
Sleeping Car to Trieste 1948 story
Stackars lilla Sven 1947 play "Mr. Cinders"
My Wife's Family 1941
The Middle Watch 1940
She Couldn't Say No 1940/I
Yes, Madam? 1939 writer
Lucky to Me 1939 writer
Me and My Girl 1939 writer
North Sea Patrol 1938 writer
Hold My Hand 1938 writer
Sing as You Swing 1937 story
Pearls Bring Tears 1937 story
Boys Will Be Girls 1936 script - uncredited
Queen of Hearts 1936 screenplay
Charing Cross Road 1935 script
Heart's Desire 1935 additional dialogue
The Student's Romance 1935 adaptation and scenario
Drake the Pirate 1935
Mimi 1935
Dandy Dick 1935 adaptation, scenario and dialogue
Brewster's Millions 1935 adaptation
Invitation to the Waltz 1935
Mister Cinders 1934
The Doctor's Secret 1934 screenplay / story
My Song Goes Round the World 1934 scenario
Girls Will Be Boys 1934 dialogue / scenario
Give Her a Ring 1934
The Luck of a Sailor 1934
Facing the Music 1933 story
The Song You Gave Me 1933 writer
This Is the Life 1933 screenplay / story
King of the Ritz 1933 writer
For the Love of Mike 1932
Rome Express 1932 story
Lord Babs 1932
A Kiss in a Taxi 1927 play "Sunny Days"
Sally 1925 play

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man from Home 1922 Secretary to the King
Dangerous Lies 1921 Franklin Bond
Carnival 1921 Lelio
The Cost 1920 William Fanshaw Jr. (as Clifford Gray)
Sooner or Later 1920 Robert Ellis (as Clifford Gray)
The Game's Up 1919 Ted Latham (as Clifford Gray)
The Best Man 1917 Blake (as Clifford B. Gray)
The Alien Blood 1917 as Clifford Gray
The Inspirations of Harry Larrabee 1917 Harry Larrabee (as Clifford Gray)
The Beloved Vampire 1917 Short Richard Carter
A Coney Island Princess 1916 Tony Graves
The Heart of a Hero 1916 Tom Adams (as Clifford Gray)
The Rainbow Princess 1916 George Waters (as Clifford Gray)
The Weakness of Strength 1916 Richard Grant (as Clifford B. Gray)
A Wall Street Tragedy 1916 Roy Simms (as Clifford Gray)
The Window of Dreams 1916 Short Newlywed Husband (as Clifford Gray)
The Girl Who Feared Daylight 1916 Short Frank Forrest
Thrown to the Lions 1916 Billy Wood (as Clifford Gray)
Madame Cubist 1916 Short
A Daughter of the Sea 1915 Jack Rutland
The Mesh of the Net 1915 Short Halsey Merrick
Beulah 1915 as Clifford Gray
The Crucible 1914/I Harry (as Clifford Gray)
The Birthday Present 1914 Short as Clifford Gray
The Intruder 1914/II Short Hugh Winchester - the Husband (as Clifford Gray)
Atonement 1914 Short Robert Brooks
The Stronger Hand 1914 Short Robert Thorpe Jr.

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hit the Deck 1955 lyrics by
For the Love of Mike 1948 TV Movie lyrics by
One Night in Paris 1938 lyricist: songs
The Lilac Domino 1937 lyricist
Heart's Desire 1935 lyrics
The Girl Thief 1934 lyricist: songs
No Funny Business 1933 lyricist: songs
Sleeping Car 1933 lyricist: theme song
A Lady's Morals 1930 music and lyrics by
Call of the Flesh 1930 music and lyrics by
The Florodora Girl 1930 lyricist
In Gay Madrid 1930 lyrics by
Montana Moon 1930 interpolations
Devil-May-Care 1929 lyrics by
The Love Parade 1929 lyrics by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! 1974 acknowledgment: composer of the words and music

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