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Filmography

Filmography

In 1929, Hugo Friedhofer relocated to Hollywood, where he performed as a musician for Fox Studios productions such as Sunny Side Up (1920) and Grand Canary (1934), followed by a continual stream of such movies. As an orchestrator he had few peers; in fact, he was so highly regarded in that capacity that he was hired for Warner Bros. and worked on over 50 films for the studio. While at Warners he was largely assigned to work with Max Steiner and, because he could speak German, Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Steiner, in particular, relied on Friedhofer's skill in turning his sketches into a full orchestral score. Despite his own strong skills, he remained in their shadow for many years. He also worked for Alfred Newman, who gave Friedhofer his first chance to write an original score, The Adventures of Marco Polo. It was not, however, until 1943 that he was able to break away from his constant chores as an orchestrator, when Newman hired him as a composer at 20th Century-Fox. Two years later he began freelancing, and in 1946 he won an Oscar for what is considered a landmark in American film music, The Best Years of Our Lives.

Films as Principal Composer

1938

The Adventures of Marco PoloArchie Mayo

1943

China GirlHenry Hathaway
Chetniks!Louis King
They Came to Blow Up AmericaEdward Ludwig
Paris after DarkLéonide Moguy

1944

Home in IndianaHenry Hathaway
LifeboatAlfred Hitchcock
Roger Touhy, GangsterRobert Florey
The LodgerJohn Brahm
Wing and a PrayerHenry Hathaway

1945

Brewster’s MillionsAllan Dwan
Getting Gertie’s GarterAllan Dwan

1946

The Bandit of Sherwood ForestHenry Levin, George Sherman
Gilda – King Vidor
So Dark the Night – Joseph H. Lewis
The Best Years of Our Lives – William Wyler
Body and Soul – Robert Rossen
Wild Harvest – Tay Garnett
The Bishop’s Wife – Henry Koster
The Swordsman – Joseph H. Lewis

1948

Adventures of Casanova – Roberto Gavaldón
A Song is Born - Howard Hawks
Black Bart – George Sherman
Enchantment – Irving Reis
Joan of Arc – Victor Fleming
Sealed Verdict – Lewis Allen

1949

Bride of Vengeance – Mitchell Leisen
Roseanna McCoy – Irving Reis

1950

Broken Arrow – Delmer Daves
Captain Carey, U.S.A. – Mitchell Leisen
Edge of Doom – Mark Robson
Guilty of Treason – Felix E. Feist
No Man of Her Own – Mitchell Leisen
The Sound of Fury – Cy Endfield
Three Came Home – Jean Negulesco
Two Flags West – Robert Wise

1951

Ace in the Hole – Billy Wilder
Queen for a Day – Arthur Lubin

1952

Above and Beyond – Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Just for You – Elliott Nugent
Lydia Bailey – Jean Negulesco
Rancho Notorious – Fritz Lang
The Marrying Kind – George Cukor
The Outcasts of Poker Flat – Joseph M. Newman
The San Francisco Story – Robert Parrish

1953

Hondo – John Farrow
Island in the Sky – William Wellman
Plunder of the Sun – John Farrow
Thunder in the East – Charles Vidor

1954

Vera Cruz – Robert Aldrich

1955

Seven Cities of Gold – Robert D. Webb
Soldier of Fortune – Edward Dmytryk
The Rains of Ranchipur – Jean Negulesco
Violent Saturday – Richard Fleischer
White Feather – Robert D. Webb

1956

Between Heaven and Hell – Richard Fleischer
The Harder They Fall – Mark Robson
The Revolt of Mamie Stover – Raoul Walsh

1957

An Affair to Remember – Leo McCarey
Boy on a Dolphin – Jean Negulesco
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! Nunnally Johnson
The Sun Also Rises Henry King

1958

In Love and War – Philip Dunne
The Barbarian and the Geisha – John Huston
The Bravados – Henry King
The Young Lions – Edward Dmytryk

1959

Never So Few – John Sturges
The Blue Angel – Edward Dmytryk
This Earth Is Mine – Henry King
Woman Obsessed – Henry Hathaway

1960

One Eyed Jacks – Marlon Brando

1961

Homicidal – William Castle

1962

Beauty and the Beast – Edward L. Cahn
Geronimo – Arnold Laven

1964

The Secret Invasion – Roger Corman

1969

The Over-the-Hill Gang – Jean Yarbrough

1971

Von Richtofen and Brown – Roger Corman

1973

Private Parts – Paul Bartel

1974

A Walk in the Forest (Documentary) - Randall Hood
The Companion, released as Die Sister, Die - Randall Hood

 

As Orchestrator, Arranger and Contributing Composer

1929

Sunny Side Up - David Butler
Songs by B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson and Lew Brown
Seven Faces - Berthold Viertel
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Kaye

1930

The Big Trail - Raoul Walsh
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Reginald Bassett, Jack Virgil and Arthur Kaye
The Dancers - Chandler Sprague
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, James Monaco and Cliff Friend
A Devil with Women - Irving Cummings
Music by Richard Fall
The Golden Calf - Millard Webb
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Arthur Kaye and Jean Talbot
Happy Days - Benjamin Stoloff
Songs by Con Conrad, Sydney Mitchell and Archie Gottler
Just Imagine - David Butler
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Ray Henderson
Men on Call - John G. Blystone
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
The Princess and the Plumber - Alexander Korda
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Scotland Yard - William K. Howard
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Kaye

1931

Always Goodbye - Kenneth MacKenna, William Cameron Menzies
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Daddy Longlegs - Alfred Santell
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
Delicious - David Butler
Music by George Gershwin
Heartbreak - Alfred L. Werker
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
The Man Who Came Back - Raoul Walsh
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Kaye
Skyline - Sam Taylor
Music by George Lipschultz
The Spider - Kenneth MacKenna, William Cameron Menzies
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Reginald Bassett
Transatlantic - William K. Howard
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Reginald Bassett
The Yellow Ticket - Raoul Walsh
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Reginald Bassett

1932

Almost Married - William Cameron Menzies
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Reginald Bassett and Peter Brunelli
Amateur Daddy - John G. Blystone
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Careless Lady - Kenneth MacKenna
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Devil's Lottery - Sam Taylor
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
The First Year - William K. Howard
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Mystery Ranch - David Howard
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
The Painted Woman - John G. Blystone
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
A Passport to Hell - Frank Lloyd
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Alfred Santell
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
Sherlock Holmes - William K. Howard
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Reginald Bassett
The Trial of Vivienne Ware - William K. Howard
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Reginald Bassett
The Woman in Room 13 - Henry King
Music by Hugo Friedhofer

1933

Bondage - Alfred Santell
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Samuel Kaylin
Broadway Bad - Sidney Lanfield
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Dangerously Yours - Frank Tuttle
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
The Face in the Sky - Harry Lachman
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Peter Brunelli, Reginald Bassett and J. S. Zamecnik
The Good Companions - Victor Saville
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
It's Great to Be Alive - Alfred L. Werker
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
My Lips Betray - John G. Blystone
Songs by William Kernell
Second-Hand Wife - Hamilton MacFadden
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Zoo in Budapest - Rowland V. Lee
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Peter Brunelli and Louis DeFrancesco

1934

As Husbands Go - Hamilton MacFadden
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Change of Heart - John G. Blystone
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Coming Out Party - John G. Blystone
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
George White Scandals - Thornton Freeland, Harry Lachman, George White
Songs by Jack Yellen, Irving Caesar, and Ray Henderson
Now I'll Tell - Edwin J. Burke
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Arthur Lange and David Buttolph
Orient Express - Paul Martin
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
Servant's Entrance - Frank Lloyd
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and David Buttolph

1935

Captain Blood - Michael Curtiz
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Curly Top - Irving Cummings
Songs by Ray Henderson, Ted Koehler, Edward Heyman and Irving Caesar
Dante's Inferno - Harry Lachman
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Reginald Bassett and Peter Brunelli
George White Scandals - Thornton Freeland, Harry Lachman, George White
Songs by Jack Yellen, Ray Henderson, Herb Migidson, Cliff Friend and Joseph Meyer
Here's to Romance - Alfred E. Green
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
The Little Colonel - David Butler
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Cyril Mockridge
Navy Wife - Allan Dwan
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and David Buttolph
Orchids to You - William A. Seiter
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Way Down East - Henry King
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
The World Moves On - John Ford
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Reginald Bassett and David Buttolph
Last of the Pagans - Richard Thorpe
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Karl Hajos and William Axt
Last Days of Pompeii - Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper (uncredited)
Music by Roy Webb
A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt
Music by Mendelssohn, arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Redheads on Parade - Norman Z. McLeod
Songs by Don Hartman and Jay Gorney
The Charge of the Light Brigade - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner

1936

God's Country and the Woman - William Keighley
Music by Max Steiner
The Green Pastures - Marc Connelly, William Keighley
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Rose of the Rancho - Marion Gering
Music by W. Franke Harling and Hugo Friedhofer
The Prisoner of Shark Island - John Ford
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Reginald Bassett
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine - Henry Hathaway
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Gerard Carbonara
Sins of Man - Otto Brower, Gregory Ratoff
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Reginald Bassett
White Fang - David Butler
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Charles Maxwell

1937

Another Dawn - William Dieterle
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Green Light - Frank Borzage
Music by Max Steiner
Kid Galahad - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
The Life of Emil Zola - William Dieterle
Music by Max Steiner
Lost Horizon - Frank Capra
Music by Dmitri Tiomkin
The Prince and the Pauper - William Keighley
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Prisoner of Zenda - John Cromwell
Music by Alfred Newman
You Only Live Once - Fritz Lang
Music by Alfred Newman

1938

The Adventures of Robin Hood - Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Dawn Patrol - Edmund Goulding
Music by Max Steiner
Four Daughters - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
Gold Is Where You Find It - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
Jezebel - William Wyler
Music by Max Steiner
Valley of the Giants - William Keighley
Music by Adolph Deutsch
Dark Victory - Edmund Goulding
Music by Max Steiner

1939

Four Wives - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
Gone With the Wind - Victor Fleming
Music by Max Steiner
Intermezzo - Gregory Ratoff
Music by Max Steiner
Juarez - William Dieterle
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Made For Each Other - John Cromwell
Music by Hugo Friedhofer, David Buttolph and Oscar Levant
The Old Maid - Edmund Goulding
Music by Max Steiner
Dust Be My Destiny - Lewis Seiler
Music by Max Steiner
Topper Takes a Trip - Norman Z. McLeod
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex - Michael Curtiz
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
We Are Not Alone - Edmund Goulding
Music by Max Steiner

1940

All This and Heaven, Too - Anatole Litvak
Music by Max Steiner
City for Conquest - Anatole Litvak
Music by Max Steiner
A Dispatch from Reuters - William Dieterle
Music by Max Steiner
The Letter - William Wyler
Music by Max Steiner
The Sea Hawk - Michael Curtiz
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Doctor Erlich's Magic Bullet - William Dieterle
Music by Max Steiner
Virginia City - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
The Westerner - William Wyler
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin and Alfred Newman
Santa Fe Trail - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
The Mark of Zorro - Rouben Mamoulian
Music by Alfred Newman and Hugo Friedhofer

1941

Dive Bomber - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
The Great Lie - Edmund Goulding
Music by Max Steiner
King's Row - Sam Wood
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
One Foot in Heaven - Irving Rapper
Music by Max Steiner
Remember the Day - Henry King
Music by Alfred Newman
The Sea Wolf - Michael Curtiz
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Sergeant York - Howard Hawks
Music by Max Steiner
Shining Victory - Irving Rapper
Music by Max Steiner

1942

The Black Swan - Henry King
Music by Alfred Newman
Desperate Journey - Raoul Walsh
Music by Max Steiner
The Gay Sisters - Irving Rapper
Music by Max Steiner
In This Our Life - John Huston
Music by Max Steiner
Now, Voyager - Irving Rapper
Music by Max Steiner
They Died with Their Boots On - Raoul Walsh
Music by Max Steiner

1943

Casablanca - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
The Constant Nymph - Edmund Goulding
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Gang's All Here - Busby Berkeley
Songs by Harry Warren and Leo Robin
Mission to Moscow - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
Watch On the Rhine - Herman Shumlin
Music by Max Steiner
Arsenic and Old Lace - Frank Capra
Music by Max Steiner

1944

Between Two Worlds - Edward A. Blatt
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Woman in the WindowFritz Lang
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
Four Jills in a Jeep - William A. Seiter
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Cyril Mockridge

1945

Along Came Jones - Stuart Heisler
Music by Hugo Friedhofer and Arthur Lange
The Corn is Green - Irving Rapper
Music by Max Steiner
The Man I Love - Raoul Walsh
Music by Max Steiner
Mildred Pierce - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
Roughly Speaking - Michael Curtiz
Music by Max Steiner
San Antonio - David Butler
Music by Max Steiner

1946

Cheyenne
Music by Max Steiner
Devotion - Curtis Bernhardt
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Of Human Bondage - Edmund Goulding
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
A Stolen Life - Curtis Bernhardt
Music by Max Steiner

1947

Escape Me Never - Peter Godfrey
Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

1954

Deep in My Heart - Stanley Donen
Songs by Sigmund Romberg
Orchestrations by Hugo Friedhofer, Alexander Courage and Arthur Morton

1965

The Greatest Story Ever Told - George Stevens
Music by Alfred Newman