Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner

Known for: Sound
Biography: 1897-12-31
Deathday: 1968-10-08 (70 years old)

Biography

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.

Filmography

all 226

Movies 226

Director 1

Producer 1

Original Music Composer
Interlude

Interlude (1957)

Movie
Original Music Composer
6 Bridges to Cross

6 Bridges to Cross (1955)

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Original Music Composer
Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan (1954)

Movie
6
Original Music Composer
The Far Country

The Far Country (1954)

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Original Music Composer
Bagdad

Bagdad (1949)

Movie
Original Music Composer / Music Director
Canyon Passage

Canyon Passage (1946)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Secret Agent X-9

Secret Agent X-9 (1945)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Reckless Age

Reckless Age (1944)

Movie
Original Music Composer
South of Dixie

South of Dixie (1944)

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Original Music Composer
All by Myself

All by Myself (1943)

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Original Music Composer
Keep 'Em Slugging

Keep 'Em Slugging (1943)

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Original Music Composer
Mug Town

Mug Town (1942)

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Original Music Composer
Eyes of the Underworld

Eyes of the Underworld (1942)

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Original Music Composer
Tough as They Come

Tough as They Come (1942)

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Original Music Composer
Riders of Death Valley

Riders of Death Valley (1941)

Movie
Music / Orchestrator
Nice Girl?

Nice Girl? (1941)

Movie
Music Score Producer
South to Karanga

South to Karanga (1940)

Movie
Original Music Composer
La Conga Nights

La Conga Nights (1940)

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Original Music Composer
Black Friday

Black Friday (1940)

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6
Original Music Composer
Green Hell

Green Hell (1940)

Movie
Original Music Composer / Orchestrator
Tower of London

Tower of London (1939)

Movie
6
Original Music Composer
The Witness Vanishes

The Witness Vanishes (1939)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Ex-Champ

Ex-Champ (1939)

Movie
Original Music Composer
The Rage of Paris

The Rage of Paris (1938)

Movie
Original Music Composer
Wives Under Suspicion

Wives Under Suspicion (1938)

Movie

Ratings

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1942
1948
1942
2000

Information

Known For
Sound

Gender
Male

Birthday
1897-12-31

Deathday
1968-10-08 (70 years old)

Birth Place
Meredosia, Illinois, USA

Citizenships
United States of America

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