Leo F. Forbstein

Birthday:
10/16/1892
Place of birth:
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA:
Biography:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Leo Frank Forbstein (October 16, 1892 – March 16, 1948) was an American film musical director and orchestra conductor who worked on more than 550 projects during a twenty-year period. Forbstein was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was attracted to music as a child, learning the violin at the age of four. As a conductor at the Royal Theater in St. Joseph, he synchronized the orchestra with the action in silent films; he then became principal conductor at the Newman Theatre in Kansas City, where the organist was future Warner Bros. colleague Carl W. Stalling. In the mid-1920s, Forbstein relocated to Hollywood to head the symphony orchestra at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. He signed with Warner Bros. as one of the directors of its Vitaphone Orchestra, alongside Erno Rapee (then Warners' general music director), Louis Silvers, and David Mendoza; Forbstein's first screen credit was The Squall in 1929. In 1931, Warners dismissed Rapee and Mendoza in a consolidation and economy move and Forbstein became the company's general music director. In 1936, Forbstein and composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold were write-in candidates for the Oscar for Best Music, Score for their work on Captain Blood. The following year, he was nominated officially for The Charge of the Light Brigade and Anthony Adverse, winning for the latter. He was nominated again for The Life of Emile Zola in 1938. Forbstein was married to the former Bess Gallas from October 16, 1914 until his death from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. They had one daughter, Harriett (born 1915), who married assistant director Melvin Dellar. Leo Forbstein was entombed in the Corridor of Immortality at Home of Peace Cemetery.

Credits

Broadway Gondolier (1935)
as Rehearsal Orchestra Leader
Rope
Music
Romance on the High Seas
Music Director
Silver River
Music Director
Winter Meeting
Music Director
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Music Director
Escape Me Never
Music Director
The Unsuspected
Music Director
Dark Passage
Music Director
Deep Valley
Music Director
The Unfaithful
Music Director
Stallion Road
Music Director
The Beast with Five Fingers
Music
Shadow of a Woman
Music Director
Devotion
Music
Devotion
Music Director
Cinderella Jones
Music Director
Three Strangers
Music Director
Danger Signal
Music Director
Mildred Pierce
Music Director
The Corn Is Green
Music Director
To Have and Have Not
Music Director
Arsenic and Old Lace
Original Music Composer
Make Your Own Bed
Music Director
Mr. Skeffington
Music Director
Destination Tokyo
Music Director
Oklahoma Outlaws
Music Director
The Constant Nymph
Music Director
Air Force
Music Director
The Hard Way
Music Director
Casablanca
Music Director
Gentleman Jim
Music Director
George Washington Slept Here
Music Director
Wings for the Eagle
Music Director
The Big Shot
Music Director
Spy Ship
Music Director
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Music Director
Steel Against the Sky
Music Director
The Maltese Falcon
Music Director
Sergeant York
Music Director
Nine Lives Are Not Enough
Music Director
Manpower
Music Director
Underground
Music Director
The Wagons Roll at Night
Music Director
Meet John Doe
Music Director
Footsteps in the Dark
Music Director
The Great Mr. Nobody
Music Director
Flight from Destiny
Music Director
Honeymoon for Three
Music Director
Four Mothers
Music Director
She Couldn't Say No
Music Director
They Drive by Night
Music Director
A Fugitive from Justice
Music Director
It All Came True
Music Director
Four Wives
Music Director
Wings of the Navy
Music Director
Off the Record
Music Director
King of the Underworld
Music Director
The Dawn Patrol
Music Director
Angels with Dirty Faces
Music Director
Torchy Gets Her Man
Music Director
Valley of the Giants
Music Director
Four's a Crowd
Music Director
Jezebel
Music Director
A Slight Case of Murder
Music Editor
Tovarich
Music Director
The Go-Getter
Music Director
Call It a Day
Music Director
Marked Woman
Music Director
Ready, Willing and Able
Music Director
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Music Director
Stage Struck
Music Director
Earthworm Tractors
Original Music Composer
Satan Met a Lady
Music Director
The White Angel
Music Director
The Singing Kid
Conductor
Road Gang
Music Director
Colleen
Conductor
The Story of Louis Pasteur
Music Director
King of the Islands
Music Director
The Petrified Forest
Music Director
The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
Music Director
Miss Pacific Fleet
Music Director
Shipmates Forever
Music Director
Keystone Hotel
Music Director
The Irish in Us
Music Director
Broadway Gondolier
Music Director
Don't Bet on Blondes
Music Director
Alibi Ike
Music Director
Go Into Your Dance
Music Director
The Case of the Curious Bride
Music Director
The Florentine Dagger
Music Director
Sweet Music
Conductor
The Secret Bride
Conductor
Murder in the Clouds
Conductor
Happiness Ahead
Conductor
Big Hearted Herbert
Conductor
Kansas City Princess
Conductor
Dames
Conductor
Housewife
Conductor
The Man with Two Faces
Music Director
He Was Her Man
Conductor
Fog Over Frisco
Conductor
College Coach
Conductor
The Kennel Murder Case
Conductor
Goodbye Again
Conductor
The Man from Monterey
Music
The Narrow Corner
Conductor
The Silk Express
Conductor
Gold Diggers of 1933
Conductor
Lilly Turner
Conductor
The Mind Reader
Conductor
42nd Street
Conductor
Girl Missing
Conductor
The King's Vacation
Conductor
Blondie Johnson
Conductor
Mystery of the Wax Museum
Conductor
The Match King
Conductor
Silver Dollar
Conductor
Haunted Gold
Original Music Composer
Central Park
Conductor
Scarlet Dawn
Conductor
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Original Music Composer
They Call It Sin
Conductor
Three on a Match
Conductor
The Crash
Conductor
Big City Blues
Conductor
Doctor X
Conductor
The Purchase Price
Conductor
Winner Take All
Conductor
Stranger in Town
Conductor
Love Is a Racket
Music
Miss Pinkerton
Conductor
The Rich Are Always with Us
Conductor
Man Wanted
Conductor
Beauty and the Boss
Conductor
The Mouthpiece
Conductor
The Man Who Played God
Original Music Composer
The Woman from Monte Carlo
Conductor
Safe in Hell
Conductor
Side Show
Music Director
The Last Flight
Conductor
The Star Witness
Music Director
Smart Money
Music Director
Big Business Girl
Conductor
Too Young to Marry
Music Director
Kiss Me Again
Conductor
One Night at Susie's
Conductor
The Doorway to Hell
Music Director
The Dawn Patrol
Conductor
The Flirting Widow
Conductor
Loose Ankles
Conductor
The Squall
Conductor

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