b. Harry Rulten, 17 Feb 1891, South Berwick, Maine, USA, d. 11 Dec 1940, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA. Murray’s early Broadway performances included many revues prior to the musical Springtime Of Youngsters (1922). This got music by Walter Rollo and Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Matthew C. Woodward and Cyrus Timber. Then emerged Caroline (1923), music by Edward Rideamus, Alfred Goodman and Edward Kunneke, reserve and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Kunneke. Murray’s tracks included ‘Hello, Hello’, duets with Tessa Kosta, ‘Property Of Enchantment’ and ‘Sweetheart’, along with a trio ‘Who Cares For A Name’, with Kosta and John Adair. In 1924 Murray is at China Rose, music by way of a. Baldwin Sloane and reserve by Harry L. Cort and George E. Stoddard. He was in Captain Jinks (1925), music by Lewis E. Gensler and Stephen Jones, lyrics by Pal De Sylva, and Castles In The Atmosphere (1926), music by Percy Wenrich, reserve and lyrics by Raymond Peck. After that emerged Rio Rita (1927), where Murray played opposing Ethelind Terry within the name role. The display, which ran for nearly 500 performances, got book by Man Bolton and Fred Thompson, music by Harry Tierney and lyrics by Joseph McCarthy. Murray’s tracks were ‘Pursuing SUNLIGHT Around’, two duets with Terry, ‘Rio Rita’ and ‘If You’re In Like, You’ll Waltz’, and ‘March FROM THE Rangers’, with Harry Ratcliffe and Donald Douglas. In the first 30s Murray is at East Blowing wind (1931), a flop, despite music by Romberg and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, as well as the revue Encounter The Music (1932), publication by Moss Hart, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Murray sang ‘Manhattan Madness’ and three duets with Katherine Carrington, ‘On A Roof In Manhattan’, ‘Soft Lamps And Nice Music’ and ‘I State It’s Spinach’. A 30s revue was Thumbs Up (1934), made by Eddie Dowling who also made an appearance on stage, with music by Wayne Hanley and Henry Sullivan and publication and lyrics by H.We. Phillips, Harold Atteridge, Alan Baxter, Ballard MacDonald and Earle Crooker. Among Murray’s film looks were Happy Times (1929), where he made an appearance as himself, Cameo Kirby, where he starred within the name role, starring reverse Norma Terris, The Fire Song along with a Nite INSIDE A Nite Golf club (both 1934), the second option another appearance as himself.
|1||Active on Broadway from 1920-1935, appearing in 14 productions.|
|Wild and Bully||1939||Short|
|Somewhere in Paris||1938||Short||Emcee|
|Under a Gypsy Moon||1937||Short|
|The Singing Bandit||1937||Short|
|The Flame Song||1934||Short||Prince Henry|
|Under Suspicion||1930||John Smith|
|Women Everywhere||1930||Charles Jackson|
|Cameo Kirby||1930||Cameo Kirby|
|Happy Days||1929||J. Harold Murray|
|Married in Hollywood||1929||Prince Nicholai|
|Women Everywhere||1930||performer: "Beware of Love", "Marching Song", "One Day He'll Come Along", "Where Is Honky Tonky Town", "Women Everywhere"|
|A Night in a Night Club||1934||Short||Himself - Singer|
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