Alfred Newman


Chaplin’s conductor on CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Newman had a full career on the vaudeville circuit as the “The Marvelous Boy Pianist” before eventually picking up the baton and becoming the youngest musical director in the country. In 1919, he was hired by Victor Herbert to conduct The Dream Girl. The following year he began a decade-long stint on Broadway conducting musicals for the likes of George Gershwin and Rodgers & Hart. Newman moved to California in 1930 to work with Arthur Johnston on Berlin’s REACHING FOR THE MOON and conduct the film. In 1931, the same year he conducted CITY LIGHTS, Newman scored his first film with a theme that became a pop standard, STREET SCENE.

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