W. Franke Harling

Film Score Composer, Film music contributor

1887 – 1958


Who was W. Franke Harling?

W. Franke Harling was a composer of film scores, operas, and popular music.

Born William Franke Harling in London, he was educated at the Grace Choir Church School in New York City. After working as an organist and choir director at the Church of the Resurrection in Brussels, he spent two years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and composed both its hymn, called "The Corps," and its official march, "West Point Forever."

In 1918, Harling contributed incidental music to the Broadway production of the 1898 play Pan and the Young Shepherd by Maurice Hewlett. In 1926, he collaborated with Laurence Stallings on Deep River, a voodoo-themed opera set in New Orleans in 1835. It opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on October 4 and ran for 32 performances.

Harling began his Hollywood career in 1928. His film credits include The Vagabond King, This Is the Night, So Big!, A Bill of Divorcement, Blonde Venus, A Farewell to Arms, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Monte Carlo, Souls at Sea, and Penny Serenade.

Harling won the Academy Award for Best Music Scoring for Stagecoach and was nominated for Souls at Sea and Three Russian Girls.

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Jan 18, 1887
Also known as
  • Frank Harling
  • Franke Harling
  • W. Frank Harling
  • William Franke Harling
  • United States of America
  • England
Lived in
  • London
Nov 22, 1958
Sierra Madre

on July 23, 2013


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