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Place of Birth Meredosia, Illinois, USA
Birthday 1897-12-31
Death 1968-10-08

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Frank Skinner (December 31, 1897 – October 9, 1968) was an American film composer and arranger. Skinner was born in Meredosia, Illinois. A graduate of the Chicago Musical College (now known as the Chicago Conservatory of Music), 16-year-old Frank found employment in vaudeville and began playing in local areas with his brother Carl Skinner of Meredosia Illinois on drums. They were billed as the Skinner Brothers dance band. From there they began playing on the steamboats that went up and down the Illinois River. It was during this time that he began writing and arranging music for dance bands. This work brought him to New York, where from 1925 to 1935 he arranged about 2000 popular songs for Robbins Publishing. By the time he left Manhattan for Hollywood, he had written two books on arranging for dance bands. After a short period at MGM, working on musical settings for The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Skinner was hired by Universal Studios. Over the course of his 30 years there, he composed music for more than 200 films. Although he continued to work on musicals, he quickly mastered the art of dramatic scores, eventually earning five Academy Award nominations (1938–43). He died in Beverly Hills, California, leaving behind his wife Dolly Repine Skinner. His distinctive approach to scoring horror films, such as Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Wolf Man (1941), has been characterized as a ‘passion for chromatic lines … mirrored contours … [and] restrained, yet ominously mythical orchestrations’ (Marcello). He gained new recognition in the 1950s for his lush romantic scores, including those for such Douglas Sirk films as Magnificent Obsession (1954) and Written on the Wind (1956). Despite many changes in the film industry, his book Underscore (1950) has survived as an excellent introduction to film music composition. In 2014, Dallas pre-swing orchestra, The Singapore Slingers released a fifteen-track CD homage to Skinner's arrangements.

Other Roles

1966Let's Kill Uncle - Music
1966The Appaloosa - Music
1965Shenandoah - Original Music Composer
1964Kitten with a Whip - Additional Music
1964Bullet for a Badman - Original Music Composer
1963Captain Newman, M.D. - Original Music Composer
1963The Ugly American - Original Music Composer
1961Back Street - Original Music Composer
1960Midnight Lace - Original Music Composer
1960Portrait in Black - Original Music Composer
1959Zehirli hayat - Original Music Composer
1958The Perfect Furlough - Original Music Composer
1958This Happy Feeling - Original Music Composer
1957The Tarnished Angels - Original Music Composer
1957My Man Godfrey - Original Music Composer
1957Interlude - Original Music Composer
1957Man of a Thousand Faces - Original Music Composer
1957Tammy and the Bachelor - Original Music Composer
1957The Tattered Dress - Original Music Composer
1957Battle Hymn - Music
1957Gun for a Coward - Original Music Composer
1956Rüzgâra Yazılanlar - Original Music Composer
1956Away All Boats - Original Music Composer
1956Star in the Dust - Music
1956Never Say Goodbye - Music
1955Aşk Tereddüt Kabul Etmez - Original Music Composer
1955Lady Godiva of Coventry - Original Music Composer
1955One Desire - Original Music Composer
1955Foxfire - Original Music Composer
1955Chief Crazy Horse - Music
1955Six Bridges to Cross - Music
1954Destry - Music
1954Sign of the Pagan - Music
1954Naked Alibi - Music
1954The Black Shield of Falworth - Original Music Composer
1954Her şey senin için - Original Music Composer
1954Saskatchewan - Original Music Composer
1954Taza, Son of Cochise - Music
1954The Far Country - Original Music Composer
1953Forbidden - Original Music Composer
1953The Glass Web - Original Music Composer
1953The Man from the Alamo - Original Music Composer
1953Thunder Bay - Original Music Composer
1953Desert Legion - Original Music Composer
1952The Black Castle - Music
1952Sally and Saint Anne - Music
1951Week-End with Father - Music
1951The Raging Tide - Original Music Composer
1951The Mark of the Renegade - Music
1951The Strange Door - Music
1951Hollywood Story - Music
1950Harvey - Original Music Composer
1950The Sleeping City - Original Music Composer
1950The Desert Hawk - Original Music Composer
1950Louisa - Original Music Composer
1950Comanche Territory - Music
1950One Way Street - Original Music Composer
1949Bagdad - Original Music Composer
1949Free For All - Music
1949Abandoned - Additional Music
1949Red Hot and Blue - Additional Music
1949The Gal Who Took the West - Original Music Composer
1949Sword in the Desert - Original Music Composer
1949The Lady Gambles - Original Music Composer
1949Tulsa - Original Music Composer
1948Family Honeymoon - Original Music Composer
1948For the Love of Mary - Original Music Composer
1948Tap Roots - Original Music Composer
1948Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein - Original Music Composer
1948The Naked City - Original Music Composer
1947The Exile - Original Music Composer
1947Pembe Ata Bin - Original Music Composer
1947The Egg and I - Original Music Composer
1947Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman - Original Music Composer
1946The Dark Mirror - Music
1946Black Angel - Original Music Composer
1946Canyon Passage - Original Music Composer
1946Her Adventurous Night - Music
1945Pillow of Death - Music
1945Frontier Gal - Original Music Composer
1945Strange Confession - Music
1945Secret Agent X-9 - Original Music Composer
1944The Mummy's Curse - Music
1944The Suspect - Music Director
1944Destiny - Original Music Composer
1944The Suspect - Original Music Composer
1944Reckless Age - Original Music Composer
1944The Mummy's Ghost - Music
1944South of Dixie - Original Music Composer
1944Jungle Woman - Music
1943Gung Ho! - Original Music Composer
1943Fired Wife - Original Music Composer
1943All by Myself - Original Music Composer
1943Keep 'em Slugging - Original Music Composer
1943The Amazing Mrs. Holliday - Original Music Composer
1942Arabian Nights - Original Music Composer
1942Mug Town - Original Music Composer
1942Nightmare - Music
1942The Mummy's Tomb - Music
1942Pardon My Sarong - Original Music Composer
1942There's One Born Every Minute - Original Music Composer
1942Eagle Squadron - Music
1942Tough as They Come - Original Music Composer
1942Sabotajcı - Original Music Composer
1941Hellzapoppin' - Original Music Composer
1941Kurt Adam - Music
1941Keep 'Em Flying - Original Music Composer
1941Appointment for Love - Music
1941Never Give a Sucker an Even Break - Original Music Composer
1941The Flame of New Orleans - Music
1941Riders of Death Valley - Original Music Composer
1941The Black Cat - Music
1941Nice Girl? - Music
1941Nice Girl? - Orchestrator
1940The Invisible Woman - Original Music Composer
1940One Night in the Tropics - Music
1940One Night in the Tropics - Orchestrator
1940Seven Sinners - Music
1940The Mummy's Hand - Music
1940Hired Wife - Music Score Producer
1940When the Daltons Rode - Original Music Composer
1940South to Karanga - Music Score Producer
1940La Conga Nights - Original Music Composer
1940The House of the Seven Gables - Music
1940My Little Chickadee - Music Score Producer
1940Green Hell - Original Music Composer
1940The Invisible Man Returns - Original Music Composer
1939Rio - Music
1939The Big Guy - Music
1939Charlie McCarthy, Detective - Original Music Composer
1939Kovboy Ve Yosma - Original Music Composer
1939Tower of London - Original Music Composer
1939One Hour To Live - Music
1939When Tomorrow Comes - Original Music Composer
1939The House of Fear - Music
1939The Sun Never Sets - Original Music Composer
1939Ex-Champ - Original Music Composer
1939Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Music
1939Son of Frankenstein - Original Music Composer
1938That Certain Age - Music
1938The Rage of Paris - Original Music Composer
1938Wives Under Suspicion - Original Music Composer
1938Mad About Music - Music
1937One Hundred Men and a Girl - Music


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