Victor Schertzinger

Victor Schertzinger
Film: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Composer | Director | Producer | Screenwriter
Born April 8, 1888 in Mahanoy City, PA
Died Oct. 26, 1941 in Hollywood, CA

Motion picture director Victor Schertzinger was credited with being the first artist to write a musical score for film.

Born in Pennsylvania, Schertzinger attended Brown University and the University of Brussels before playing with Sousa, Pryor and other famed musicians.

He got his start as a concert violinist and after European tours and a period leading the orchestra at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, he wrote the musical score for "Civilization," a Thomas Ince production. This fling in motion pictures led to his role as a director.

Among Schertzinger’s numerous hit pictures he directed over a period of years were "One Night of Love" (1934), "Love Me Forever" (1935), "Something to Sing About" (1937), "The Mikado" (1939), "Road to Singapore" (1940), "Road to Zanzibar" (1941), and many others. On others he collaborated both in the music field and on screenwriting.

He died suddenly at his Hollywood home on Oct. 26, 1941. His last film was the 1942 film "The Fleet’s In," which featured the hit songs Schertzinger wrote with Johnny Mercer, "I’ll Remember You" and "Tangerine."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1934 Best Director One Night of Love Nomination
    1934 Best Score One Night of Love Nomination*
    1937 Best Score Something to Sing About Nomination
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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