C. Bakaleinikoff

Birthday:
04/25/1896
Place of birth:
Moscow, Russia:
Biography:
Constantin Romanovich Bakaleinikov (also spelled “Bakaleynikov” and “Bakaleinikoff”) was a Russian-born composer. Bakaleinikoff was from a large musical family. His brothers were Nikolai Bakaleinikov (flautist, composer and conductor), Vladimir Bakaleinikov (violist, composer and conductor), and Mikhail (Mischa) Bakaleinikoff (composer). He studied at the Moscow Conservatory. Following the Russian revolution he migrated to the United States with his brother Mischa. He worked as a conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic before beginning his Hollywood career as a freelance composer. At the 1927 premiere of director Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings at Hollywood's famed Grauman's Chinese Theater, the audience was treated to a concert of film music classics conducted by him. With the arrival of sound, the Bakaleinikoff brothers became studio maestros. Mischa joined Columbia Pictures, while Constantin became a musical director at Paramount Pictures, followed by MGM. Constantin also worked briefly at Columbia, and later for independent Grand National Pictures. In 1935, Bakaleinikoff participated in making the earliest dance film, Spring Night. He conducted Joseph Achron's score for this first experimental ballet film, which featured the choreography and dancing of David Lichine, who had danced with Colonel de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Nana Gollner, the Texas-born ballerina, was his partner. This pioneering film, which emerged from the Diaghilev sphere of influence, was produced by Adolf Zuckor. Bakaleinikoff received his first Academy Award nomination for scoring the James Cagney feature Something to Sing About (1937). Later, he became the senior music director at RKO Radio Pictures, where he spent most of his motion picture career. He earned Academy Award nominations for his work on The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Higher and Higher (1943), and None But the Lonely Heart (1944). For Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946), starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, he conducted the original score by composer Roy Webb, one that complements the director's elements of suspense and danger throughout the film. Bakaleinikoff, who was always billed as “C. Bakaleinikoff”, appeared on camera as himself in RKO's backstage musical Ding Dong Williams (filmed 1945, released in April 1946). He remained at RKO until the studio folded in 1956. He donated his time and talent in the late 1950s in mentoring and conducting the Burbank Youth Symphony. Constantin Bakaleinikoff was married to silent film actress Fritzi Ridgeway. He died in 1966 and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Credits

A Woman's Secret (1949)
as Studio Recording Session Conductor (Uncredited)
Fast and Furious! (1939)
as Orchestra Leader
The Hitch-Hiker
Music Director
Beware, My Lovely
Music Director
On Dangerous Ground
Music Director
The Blue Veil
Music Director
Roadblock
Music Director
Born to Be Bad
Music Director
Bunco Squad
Music Director
Armored Car Robbery
Music Director
The Secret Fury
Music Director
The Threat
Music Director
Bride for Sale
Music Director
Strange Bargain
Music Director
Savage Splendor
Music Director
Easy Living
Music Director
Mighty Joe Young
Music Director
Roughshod
Music Director
A Woman's Secret
Music Director
Mystery in Mexico
Music Director
The Miracle of the Bells
Music Director
Out of the Past
Music Director
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Music Director
The Woman on the Beach
Other
Vacation in Reno
Music Director
Notorious
Music Director
Bedlam
Music Director
Heartbeat
Music Director
Deadline at Dawn
Music Director
From This Day Forward
Music Director
George White's Scandals
Music Director
The Spanish Main
Music Director
The Falcon in San Francisco
Music Director
The Body Snatcher
Music Director
China Sky
Music Director
The Brighton Strangler
Music Director
Experiment Perilous
Music Director
Murder, My Sweet
Music Director
The Falcon in Hollywood
Music Director
The Falcon in Mexico
Music Director
Bride by Mistake
Music Director
The Curse of the Cat People
Music Director
The Ghost Ship
Music Director
The Seventh Victim
Music Director
The Fallen Sparrow
Music Director
Mr. Lucky
Music Director
This Land Is Mine
Music Director
I Walked with a Zombie
Music Director
Cat People
Music Director
The Big Street
Music Director
The Falcon Takes Over
Music Director
Weekend for Three
Music Director
Glimpses of Florida
Music
Haiti: 'Land of Dark Majesty'
Music
More About Nostradamus
Music
Cavalcade of San Francisco
Music
The Capital City: Washington, D.C.
Music
A Failure at Fifty
Original Music Composer
Modern New Orleans
Music
Sitka and Juneau: 'A Tale of Two Cities'
Original Music Composer
Land of Alaska Nellie
Music
Mendelssohn's Wedding March
Music Arranger
Let's Talk Turkey
Original Music Composer
One Against the World
Original Music Composer
Rural Hungary
Music
Dramatic School
Original Music Composer
The Forgotten Step
Music
East of Java
Conductor
My Woman
Music Director
Ladies of Leisure
Music Director
Welcome Danger
Music Arranger

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