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Rudolf Friml

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Rudolf Friml had 4 elements to his profession: pianist, operetta composer, American-style music composer, and lastly like a film composer, though he also wrote instrumental functions and songs. By no means an innovator, he was probably one of the most well-known composers during his heyday, establishing Broadway information for his period, and tunes from his musicals and movies are still frequently resurrected in recitals and recordings. Friml’s musical skill showed young, towards the degree that neighbours and close friends helped purchase him to review in the Prague Conservatory, where he analyzed with Dvorák, amongst others. He toured European countries and america as accompanist for violist Jan Kubelík, but with the triumph of his Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1904 as well as the premiere of his 1st ballet, O Mitake San, dedicated himself to composing and resolved in america in 1906. His big break as an operetta composer arrived in 1912 when he published the wildly effective The Firefly as a car for celebrity Emma Trentini. He adopted this in 1913 with Large Jinks and in 1915 with Katinka. After Globe Battle I, he briefly attempted American-style musicals, but we were holding not as effective because the operetta idiom and he came back compared to that with Rose Marie in 1924, an excellent achievement with 557 shows, as well as the Vagabond Ruler in 1925 with 511. Nevertheless, the mix of Globe Battle II and changing preferences in stage musicals acquired rendered his design of musicals old-fashioned and his last two stage functions, Luana and Music Hath Charms, hardly managed 20 shows each. Films, nevertheless, were another tale, and many of his classics, like the Vagabond Ruler, Rose Marie, as well as the Firefly were converted to successful films. Friml himself composed music designed for movies, often uncredited, like the well-known “Donkey Serenade” from Bachelor Bait. He was the father-in-law of professional and movie director Douglas Fowley.

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Full Name Rudolf Friml
Date Of Birth December 7, 1879
Died November 12, 1972, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Composer
Education Prague Conservatory
Nationality American
Children William Friml, Rudolf Friml Jr.
Music Songs The Vagabond King, Indian Love Call, From "Rose-Marie", The Donkey Serenade, The Firefly, The Vagabond King: Some Day, Song of the Vagabonds, Rose-Marie, The Vagabond King: Song of the Vagabonds, Allah's holiday, Only A Rose, Chansonette, High Jinks, Zavis's Songs, Op. 1: V. Quiet nights, My Sword And I, Zavis's Songs, Op. 1: I. Just some love, Indiánská Písen Lásky, Rhapsodic Imporvisation, Zavis's Songs, Op. 1: II. For you, Imporvisation on Donkey Serenade, Zavis's Songs, Op. 1: III. Is that a sin?, March Of The Musketeers, Egyptian Dance, Totem-Tom-Tom, L'amour coquette, Prague improvisation, Zavis's Songs, Op. 1: IV. Do you ever recall?, Ma Belle, Huguette Waltz, A Twelve O'Clock Girl In A Nine O'Clock Town, Über die Prärie, Selection From Katinka, I Found A Bud Among The Rose
Albums 101 Strings Play Frank Sinatra, The Vagabond King, Friml Plays Friml, (The) New Moon / The Vagabond King, In London


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#Fact
1 Father of Rudolf Friml Jr. and William Friml.
2 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.
3 His operetta "The Vagabond King" is the first of his famed stage works to be given a full-length recording (both music and dialogue). The recording, sung by the Ohio Light Opera, was released in early 2005.
4 Father of Rudolf Friml Jr., who is sometimes confused with his father. Friml Jr. is a bandleader who sometimes made unbilled appearances in films. One of his few screen credits was as a pianist in an anti-marijuana B-movie. Friml Sr., the operetta composer, never made any film appearances, though he wrote music for quite a few films. Several of his stage operettas were filmed, the most famous being the wildly successful 1936 film version of Rose-Marie (1936), with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.
5 Father-in-law of Shelby Payne.
6 Stepgrandfather of composer Kim Fowley.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Man on the Moon 1999 music: "Rose Marie" 1924
Dudley Do-Right 1999 writer: "Indian Love Call"
Psycho 1998 writer: "Indian Love Call"
Such a Long Journey 1998 writer: "The Donkey Serenade"
Mars Attacks! 1996 writer: "Indian Love Call"
Heavenly Creatures 1994 music: "The Donkey Serenade" - as Friml
Addams Family Values 1993 "Indian Love Call"
Stars and Bars 1988 music: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited
Les Patterson Saves the World 1987 music: "Rose Marie" - uncredited
Radio Days 1987 music: "The Donkey Serenade" 1923
The 36th Annual Tony Awards 1982 TV Special music: "Mounties", "Rose Marie", "Indian Love Call"
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie 1981 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Bugs Bunny's Valentine 1979 TV Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
M*A*S*H 1978-1979 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Pennies from Heaven 1978 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
All in the Family 1976-1978 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series music - 1 episode
Chinatown 1974 "Some Day", "The Vagabond King Waltz"
That's Entertainment! 1974 music: "Indian Love Call" 1924 - uncredited
Jag heter Stelios 1972 music: "Indian Love Call" - uncredited
Where Does It Hurt? 1972 music: "When I'm Calling You" - uncredited
The Lawrence Welk Show 1971 TV Series music - 1 episode
Gomer Pyle: USMC 1967 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad 1967 "Huguette Waltz", "Only a Rose"
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Judy Garland Show 1963 TV Series music - 1 episode
Bill of Hare 1962 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1959 TV Series music - 1 episode
Really Scent 1959 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Kovacs on Music 1959 TV Movie music: "Rose-Marie"
Dog Tales 1958 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Ducking the Devil 1957 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Vagabond King 1956 "This Same Heart", "Bon Jour", "Vive La You", "Comparisons", "Watch Out For The Devil" / music: "Some Day", "Huguette Waltz", "Only a Rose", "Song of the Vagabonds" - uncredited
MGM Parade 1956 TV Series music - 1 episode
I'll Cry Tomorrow 1955 music: "The Vagabond King Waltz"
Our Miss Brooks 1955 TV Series music - 1 episode
M-G-M Jubilee Overture 1954 Short music: "The Donkey Serenade"
La joie de vivre 1954 TV Series music - 1 episode
Rose Marie 1954 music: "The Right Place For A Girl", "Mounties", "Free To Be Free", "Rose Marie", "Indian Love Call", "I Have The Love", "Totem Tom-Tom"
Dog Pounded 1954 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Robot Rabbit 1953 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Of Rice and Hen 1953 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Hare Trimmed 1953 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
The Ford 50th Anniversary Show 1953 TV Movie music: "Indian Love Call"
Little Beau Pepé 1952 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
The Voice of Firestone 1950-1952 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 music: "Only a Rose" 1925 - uncredited
Room and Bird 1951 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Scent-imental Romeo 1951 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Always Leave Them Laughing 1949 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
The House Across the Street 1949 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Northwest Outpost 1947 music: "Weary", "Nearer Dearer", "Love Is the Time", "Tell Me with Your Eyes", "Raindrops on a Drum", "One More Mile to Go"
The Great Morgan 1946 writer: "The Donkey Serenade"
Faithful in My Fashion 1946 music: "L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour" - uncredited
Musical Masterpieces 1946 Short music: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited
Jealousy 1945 lyrics: "Jealousy" / music: "Jealousy"
Anchors Aweigh 1945 music: "The Donkey Serenade" 1923 - uncredited
This Is the Life 1944 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Crazy House 1943 music: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited
Three Cheers for the Girls 1943 Short music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Mission to Moscow 1943 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Za tichych noci 1941 music: "Já pro Vàs pani má"
Queens of the Air 1938 Short "Only a Rose"
Music for Madame 1937 music: "My Sweet Bambina" 1937, "I Want the World to Know" 1937
The Firefly 1937 music: "LOVE IS LIKE A FIREFLY" 1937, "THE DONKEY SERENADE" 1937, "SYMPATHY" 1937, "A WOMAN'S KISS" 1937, "GIANNINA MIA" 1912, "HE WHO LOVES AND RUNS AWAY" 1937, "WHEN A MAID COMES KNOCKING AT YOUR HEART" 1937, "I LOVE YOU DON DIEGO" 1912, "GIANNINA MIA: FINALE" 1912 - uncredited
Cain and Mabel 1936 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" 1922 - uncredited
The Great Ziegfeld 1936 music: "March of the Musketeers" 1928 - uncredited
På solsidan 1936 music: "Valse Elise" - uncredited
Rose-Marie 1936 music: "The Mounties" 1924, "Rose Marie" 1924, "Totem Tom-Tom" 1924, "Just for You" 1936, "Indian Love Call" 1924 - uncredited
Chasing Yesterday 1935 writer: "The Donkey Serenade" 1923
Babbitt 1934 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" - uncredited
Dangerous Corner 1934 music: "Chanson" - uncredited
Housewife 1934 music: "L'amour, toujours, l'amour" 1922 - uncredited
Ben Pollack & His Orchestra 1934 Short music: "L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour" - uncredited
Bachelor Bait 1934 music: "The Donkey Serenade" - uncredited
Arsène Lupin 1932 music: "Dance of the Maidens", "Romance" - uncredited
Private Lives 1931 music: "Chansonette" 1923 - uncredited
The Man in Possession 1931 music: "Chansonette" 1923 - uncredited
Min and Bill 1930 music: "Dance of the Maidens" - uncredited
The Lottery Bride 1930 music: "DRINKING SONG" 1930, "YUBLA" 1930, "MY NORTHERN LIGHT" 1930, "BROTHER LOVE" 1930, "SONG OF NAPOLI" 1930, "YOU'RE AN ANGEL" 1930, "I'LL FOLLOW THE TRAIL" 1930 - uncredited
Ladies of Leisure 1930 music: "Charlotte" - uncredited
The Vagabond King 1930 music: "Overture Song of the Vagabonds", "Some Day", "Song of the Vagabonds", "Only a Rose", "Huguette Waltz", "Love Me Tonight", "Nocturne", "Song of the Vagabonds" reprise, "Finale: Only a Rose" - uncredited
The Kiss 1929 music: "Chanson" Melodie - uncredited
The Single Standard 1929 music: "Canzonetta" - uncredited
Wings 1927 writer: "Chanson"
Margaret McKee: Famous Whistler 1927 Short music: "Giannina Mia" - uncredited
The Lost World 1925 music: "The Lost World" 1925 - uncredited
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series music - 1 episode
Boardwalk Empire 2011 TV Series music - 1 episode
BBC Proms 2009 TV Series music - 1 episode
Seabiscuit 2003 writer: "Son of the Sun" - as Rudolf Frimi

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marjorie Morningstar 1958 musical advisor - uncredited
The Vagabond King 1956 music: musical play
Katakomby 1940 composer: songs "Vínek ceských luhuv a hajuv", "Pán a písar", "Oslí serenáda", "Coz nerekl ti muj hlas tisickrát"
The Firefly 1937 music by
Rose-Marie 1936 music composed by
Sunset of Power 1936 composer: stock music - uncredited
One Frightened Night 1935 composer: stock music - uncredited
The Return of Chandu 1934/II composer: stock music - uncredited
The Vagabond King 1930 music: operetta "The Vagabond King"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Song by Song 1978 TV Series 1 episode
Rosemarie 1965 TV Movie
Northwest Outpost 1947 from operetta
The Lottery Bride 1930

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Des Broadways liebstes Kind 1969 TV Mini-Series

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Northwest Outpost 1947 operetta - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

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

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1950-1957 TV Series Himself / Himself - Playing Operetta Medley

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