Leo F. Forbstein

Leo F. Forbstein

  • Birthday: 1892-10-16
  • Deathday: 1948-02-12
  • Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Also know as: Leo Frank Forbstein

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.

Filmography

Broadway Gondolier

1935

As Rehearsal Orchestra Leader

Production

Destination Tokyo

1943

As Music Director

Blondie Johnson

1933

As Conductor

Smart Money

1931

As Music Director

King of the Underworld

1939

As Music Director

Casablanca

1943

As Music Director

Mildred Pierce

1945

As Music Director

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1948

As Music Director

The Man Who Played God

1932

As Original Music Composer

The Maltese Falcon

1941

As Music Director

Haunted Gold

1932

As Original Music Composer

Dark Passage

1947

As Music Director

Arsenic and Old Lace

1944

As Original Music Composer

The Man with Two Faces

1934

As Music Director

Earthworm Tractors

1936

As Original Music Composer

Keystone Hotel

1935

As Music Director

The Dawn Patrol

1938

As Music Director

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

1932

As Original Music Composer

Miss Pacific Fleet

1935

As Music Director

The Star Witness

1931

As Music Director

Torchy Gets Her Man

1938

As Music Director

Angels with Dirty Faces

1938

As Music Director

Side Show

1931

As Music Director

Four's a Crowd

1938

As Music Director

Meet John Doe

1941

As Music Director

Underground

1941

As Music Director

It All Came True

1940

As Music Director

Manpower

1941

As Music Director

Don't Bet on Blondes

1935

As Music Director

Spy Ship

1942

As Music Director

Alibi Ike

1935

As Music Director

The Big Shot

1942

As Music Director

Wings for the Eagle

1942

As Music Director

The Irish in Us

1935

As Music Director

She Couldn't Say No

1940

As Music Director

To Have and Have Not

1945

As Music Director

Sergeant York

1941

As Music Director

The Man from Monterey

1933

As Music

Jezebel

1938

As Music Director

Gentleman Jim

1942

As Music Director

Mr. Skeffington

1944

As Music Director

Too Young to Marry

1931

As Music Director

Stallion Road

1947

As Music Director

Air Force

1943

As Music Director

Big Hearted Herbert

1934

As Conductor

Call It a Day

1937

As Music Director

He Was Her Man

1934

As Conductor

Happiness Ahead

1934

As Conductor

Love Is a Racket

1932

As Music

Kiss Me Again

1931

As Conductor

Murder in the Clouds

1934

As Conductor

Honeymoon for Three

1941

As Music Director

Nine Lives Are Not Enough

1941

As Music Director

Off the Record

1939

As Music Director

The Woman from Monte Carlo

1932

As Conductor

Road Gang

1936

As Music Director

Ready, Willing and Able

1937

As Music Director

Steel Against the Sky

1941

As Music Director

Shipmates Forever

1935

As Music Director

The Florentine Dagger

1935

As Music Director

The Murder of Dr. Harrigan

1936

As Music Director

Silver Dollar

1932

As Conductor

Stage Struck

1936

As Music Director

The Go-Getter

1937

As Music Director

The Flirting Widow

1930

As Conductor

The Unsuspected

1947

As Music Director

The Great Mr. Nobody

1941

As Music Director

The King's Vacation

1933

As Conductor

Sweet Music

1935

As Conductor

Valley of the Giants

1938

As Music Director

Winner Take All

1932

As Conductor

Winter Meeting

1948

As Music Director

Wings of the Navy

1939

As Music Director

Cinderella Jones

1946

As Music Director

The White Angel

1936

As Music Director

Four Mothers

1941

As Music Director

Four Wives

1939

As Music Director

Escape Me Never

1947

As Music Director

The Petrified Forest

1936

As Music Director

The Story of Louis Pasteur

1936

As Music Director

The Case of the Curious Bride

1935

As Music Director

The Squall

1929

As Conductor

Big Business Girl

1931

As Conductor

They Call It Sin

1932

As Conductor

The Mind Reader

1933

As Conductor

The Silk Express

1933

As Conductor

Colleen

1936

As Conductor

Housewife

1934

As Conductor

The Secret Bride

1934

As Conductor

Gold Diggers of 1933

1933

As Conductor

The Match King

1932

As Conductor

Beauty and the Boss

1932

As Conductor

The Rich Are Always with Us

1932

As Conductor

The Purchase Price

1932

As Conductor

Kansas City Princess

1934

As Conductor

Goodbye Again

1933

As Conductor

Broadway Gondolier

1935

As Music Director

The Narrow Corner

1933

As Conductor

Deep Valley

1947

As Music Director

King of the Islands

1936

As Music Director

A Fugitive from Justice

1940

As Music Director

Oklahoma Outlaws

1943

As Music Director

Miss Pinkerton

1932

As Conductor

The Crash

1932

As Conductor

Loose Ankles

1930

As Conductor

Dames

1934

As Conductor

Tovarich

1937

As Music Director

Three Strangers

1946

As Music Director

The Unfaithful

1947

As Music Director

The Last Flight

1931

As Conductor

The Constant Nymph

1943

As Music Director

The Doorway to Hell

1930

As Music Director

Danger Signal

1945

As Music Director

Flight from Destiny

1941

As Music Director

Make Your Own Bed

1944

As Music Director

Stranger in Town

1931

As Conductor

Man Wanted

1932

As Conductor

One Night at Susie's

1930

As Conductor

The Kennel Murder Case

1933

As Conductor

College Coach

1933

As Conductor

George Washington Slept Here

1942

As Music Director

Shadow of a Woman

1946

As Music Director

The Dawn Patrol

1930

As Conductor

Scarlet Dawn

1932

As Conductor

Safe in Hell

1931

As Conductor

Satan Met a Lady

1936

As Music Director

Three on a Match

1932

As Conductor

They Drive by Night

1940

As Music Director

The Corn Is Green

1945

As Music Director

Lilly Turner

1933

As Conductor

The Man Who Came to Dinner

1941

As Music Director

Marked Woman

1937

As Music Director

The Hard Way

1943

As Music Director

Central Park

1932

As Conductor

Devotion

1946

As Music Director

Go Into Your Dance

1935

As Music Director

Fog Over Frisco

1934

As Conductor

Romance on the High Seas

1948

As Music Director

The Charge of the Light Brigade

1936

As Music Director

The Singing Kid

1936

As Conductor

The Wagons Roll at Night

1941

As Music Director

Big City Blues

1932

As Conductor

Doctor X

1932

As Conductor

Footsteps in the Dark

1941

As Music Director

The Mouthpiece

1932

As Conductor

Girl Missing

1933

As Conductor

Mystery of the Wax Museum

1933

As Conductor

Silver River

1948

As Music Director

42nd Street

1933

As Conductor

Footlight Parade

1933

As Conductor

The Old Maid

1939

As Music Director

Playing Around

1930

As Conductor

Affectionately Yours

1941

As Music Director

The Goose and the Gander

1935

As Music Director

Maybe It's Love

1935

As Conductor

Ever Since Eve

1937

As Music Director

Snowed Under

1936

As Conductor

Castle on the Hudson

1940

As Music Director

Broadway Babies

1929

As Music

Dust Be My Destiny

1939

As Music Director

Four Daughters

1938

As Music Director

Daughters Courageous

1939

As Music Director

Knute Rockne All American

1940

As Music Director

Pride of the Marines

1945

As Music Director

Numbered Men

1930

As Conductor

Juarez

1939

As Music Director

The Male Animal

1942

As Music Director

Humoresque

1947

As Music Director

Thank Your Lucky Stars

1943

As Music Director

Jewel Robbery

1932

As Conductor

Mandalay

1934

As Conductor

The Dragon Murder Case

1934

As Conductor

She Had to Say Yes

1933

As Conductor

Spring Is Here

1930

As Conductor

The Great Garrick

1937

As Music Director

Here Comes the Navy

1934

As Conductor

Employees' Entrance

1933

As Conductor

The Letter

1940

As Music Director

Possessed

1947

As Music Director

Princess O'Rourke

1943

As Music Director

The Sea Wolf

1941

As Music Director

The Life of Emile Zola

1937

As Music Director

Indianapolis Speedway

1939

As Music Director

A Night at the Ritz

1935

As Music Director

A Slight Case of Murder

1938

As Music Director

Conflict

1945

As Music Director

Traveling Saleslady

1935

As Music Director

While the Patient Slept

1935

As Conductor

Love and Learn

1947

As Music Director

You Can't Get Away with Murder

1939

As Music Director

Angels Wash Their Faces

1939

As Music Director

Massacre

1934

As Conductor

Kisses for Breakfast

1941

As Music Director

Private Detective 62

1933

As Conductor

My Bill

1938

As Music Director

Stranded

1935

As Music Director

Another Dawn

1937

As Music Director

I Found Stella Parish

1935

As Music Director

Give Me Your Heart

1936

As Music Director

Confession

1937

As Music Director

Street of Women

1932

As Conductor

Freshman Love

1936

As Music Director

The Case of the Howling Dog

1934

As Conductor

The Strawberry Blonde

1941

As Music Director

The Case of the Lucky Legs

1935

As Music Director

Gambling Lady

1934

As Conductor

Babbitt

1934

As Conductor

Midnight Alibi

1934

As Conductor

Journal of a Crime

1934

As Conductor

Gold Dust Gertie

1931

As Conductor

The Two Mrs. Carrolls

1947

As Music Director

Back in Circulation

1937

As Music Director

Dark Victory

1939

As Music Director

The Mask of Dimitrios

1944

As Music Director

We're in the Money

1935

As Music Director

The Doughgirls

1944

As Music Director

The Big Punch

1948

As Music Director

Secrets of an Actress

1938

As Music Director

Always in My Heart

1942

As Music Director

Comet Over Broadway

1938

As Music Director

First Lady

1937

As Music Director

Stolen Holiday

1937

As Music Director

Living on Velvet

1935

As Conductor

British Agent

1934

As Conductor

One Way Passage

1932

As Conductor

The Adventures of Robin Hood

1938

As Music Director

Men Are Such Fools

1938

As Music Director

Women in the Wind

1939

As Music Director

I Loved a Woman

1933

As Conductor

The House on 56th Street

1933

As Conductor

Dr. Monica

1934

As Conductor

Northern Pursuit

1943

As Music Director

Sing Me a Love Song

1936

As Music Director

Frisco Kid

1935

As Music Director

Dive Bomber

1941

As Music Director

Green Light

1937

As Music Director

The Prince and the Pauper

1937

As Music Director

Edge of Darkness

1943

As Music Director

Dodge City

1939

As Music Director

Virginia City

1940

As Music Director

Uncertain Glory

1944

As Music Director

Never Say Goodbye

1946

As Music Director

The Sisters

1938

As Music Director

Cry Wolf

1947

As Music Director

Captains of the Clouds

1942

As Music Director

Sweet Mama

1930

As Conductor

Hotel Berlin

1945

As Music Director

Heart of the North

1938

As Music Director

God's Country and the Woman

1937

As Music Director

Now, Voyager

1942

As Music Director

Racket Busters

1938

As Music Director

The Great Lie

1941

As Music Director

Going Places

1938

As Music Director

Going Highbrow

1935

As Music Director

Espionage Agent

1939

As Music Director

It's Love I'm After

1937

As Music Director

'G' Men

1935

As Music Director

Fashions of 1934

1934

As Conductor

A Midsummer Night's Dream

1935

As Music Director

Baby Face

1933

As Conductor

The Firebird

1934

As Music

Gold Diggers of 1937

1936

As Music Director

Hollywood Hotel

1938

As Music Director

The Big Sleep

1946

As Music Director

Tiger Shark

1932

As Conductor

Night Nurse

1931

As Conductor

A Stolen Life

1946

As Music Director

Rope

1948

As Music Director

Crime School

1938

As Music Director

Two Guys from Texas

1948

As Original Music Composer

The Tenderfoot

1932

As Conductor

You Said a Mouthful

1932

As Conductor

Upperworld

1934

As Conductor

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