Emil Newman

Emil Newman (January 20, 1911 – August 30, 1984) was an American music director and conductor who worked on more than 200 films and TV shows. He was nominated for an Oscar for his musical direction on the classic Sun Valley Serenade (1941), contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories.

Emil Newman
Born(1911-01-20)January 20, 1911
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedAugust 30, 1984(1984-08-30) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
Years active1940-1980

A native of Connecticut, Newman entered films in 1940 as the musical director on 13 films. He was credited on 25 films in 1941 and 28 in 1942, one of which, Whispering Ghosts, contained his first (uncredited) contribution as a composer. He had 15 titles in 1943, including "Musical Direction" for the all-black musical Stormy Weather and the 20th Century Fox wartime film Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas, 19 in 1944, 17 in 1945 and 16 in 1946, including Hugo Friedhofer's Academy Award score for The Best Years of Our Lives, which he also conducted. Between 1950 and 1965, Newman was the composer on 23 films, most of which were lower-budget B movies. He also provided the music for numerous 1950s TV shows.

Newman died in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[1]

Family connections, marriage and children

Emil Newman's older brother was renowned film composer Alfred Newman (1901–1970), whose children Maria, David and Thomas are also composers. His younger brother was another famous film composer, Lionel Newman (1916–1989), whose grandson Joey Newman is a film and TV composer. Another brother, Irving, was the father of still another acclaimed film musical personality, songwriter and composer Randy Newman. His brother Marc Newman was a film agent representing some of Hollywoods most noted composers including John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Dave Grusin and Marvin Hamlisch. His brother Robert V. Newman was a studio executive and former President of John Wayne's Batjac Productions. Their family is of Jewish descent.[2]

Newman was married to bit-part actress Eva May Hoffman aka Eve Farrell. They had two children, daughter Arleen (born 1939) and son William Robert (born August 14, 1937).

William Robert Newman is the father of Jill Newman, Sarah Devries, William Marcus and Jaice Newman. The offspring of Arleen Newman and Dennis Crosby (son of Bing Crosby) are Erin Colleen Crosby and Kelly Lee Crosby. Dennis also adopted Katherine Denise Buelle, Arleen's daughter by her first husband Mike Buelle.

Selected filmography

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1942Time to KillHerbert I. Leeds20th Century Fox
Whispering GhostsAlfred L. Werker20th Century Fox
The Magnificent DopeWalter Lang20th Century Fox
Careful, Soft ShoulderOliver H.P. Garrett20th Century Fox
Dr. Renault's SecretHarry Lachman20th Century Fox
The Undying MonsterJohn Brahm20th Century Fox
Quiet Please, MurderJohn Larkin20th Century Fox
Over My Dead BodyMalcolm St. Clair20th Century Fox
1943Tonight We Raid CalaisJohn Brahm20th Century Fox
Dixie DuganOtto Brower20th Century Fox
1948Jungle PatrolJoseph M. Newman20th Century Fox
A Song Is BornHoward HawksSamuel Goldwyn Productionsuncredited
1950Guilty of TreasonFelix E. FeistEagle-Lion Films
Woman on the RunNorman FosterUniversal Pictures
1951Cry DangerRobert ParrishRKO Pictures
The Groom Wore SpursRichard WhorfUniversal Pictures
Journey into LightStuart Heisler20th Century Fox
1952The Lady Says NoFrank RossUnited Artists
Japanese War BrideKing Vidor20th Century Fox
Rancho NotoriousFritz LangRKO Pictures
The San Francisco StoryRobert ParrishWarner Bros.
Big Jim McLainEdward LudwigWarner Bros.
1953War PaintLesley SelanderUnited Artists
Island in the SkyWilliam A. WellmanWarner Bros.
99 River StreetPhil KarlsonUnited Artists
HondoJohn FarrowWarner Bros.
1954BeachheadStuart HeislerUnited Artists
Southwest PassageRay NazarroUnited Artists
The Mad MagicianJohn BrahmColumbia Pictures
Ring of FearJames Edward GrantWarner Bros.
1955The Naked StreetMaxwell ShaneUnited Artists
1957Death in Small DosesJoseph M. NewmanAllied Artists Pictures
The Iron SheriffSidney SalkowUnited Artists
Chicago ConfidentialSidney SalkowUnited Artists
1958Hong Kong ConfidentialEdward L. CahnUnited Artists
Unwed MotherWalter DonigerAllied Artists Pictures
1959Riot in Juvenile PrisonEdward L. CahnUnited Artists
1965The Great Sioux MassacreSidney SalkowColumbia Pictureswith Edward B. Powell


  1. "Emil Newman (1911-1984) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. MacDonald, Laurence E. The Invisible Art of Film Music: A Comprehensive History, Scarecrow Press (2013)
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