Walter Scharf


SCL Composer/Conductor Walter Scharf 1910-2003

Walter Scharf, distinguished composer and conductor of film music and honored member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists passed away on February 24th, 2003.

Born August 1st, 1910, Mr. Scharf began his productive career as an orchestrator for George Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, and Irving Berlin. He went on to provide scores to films by many notables including Helen Morgan, Jerry Lewis, Barbara Streisand and songs for Michael Jackson. He composed the longest ballet on film for Hans Christian Andersen. He is survived by his wife Betty, his son Alan, his daughter Susan, his grandchildren and many students, colleagues and friends. Mr. Scharf’s memorial service will be held on Friday, February 28th at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park at 11:00 am.


1980s: Brazil (1985), Twilight Time (1983), This is Elvis (1981), Midnight Offerings (1981), The Long Days of Summer (1980), Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara War (1980).

1970s: Blind Ambition (1979), From Here to Eternity (1979), The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979), A Real American Hero (1978), When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978), Final Chapter – Walking Tall (1977), Part 2, Walking Tall (1975), Walking Tall (1973), Ben (1972), Journey Back to Oz (1971), Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), Someone Behind the Door (1971), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), Mr. Magoo’s Holiday Festival (1970).

1960s: If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), Pendulum (1969), Funny Girl (1968), Tickle Me (1965), Guns of Diablo (1964), Where Love Has Gone (1964), Honeymoon Hotel (1964), The Nutty Professor (1963), My Six Loves (1963), Harold Lloyd’s World of Comedy (1962), It’s Only Money (1962), The Errand Boy (1961), The Ladies’ Man (1961), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), The Bellboy (1960), Cinderfella (1960).

1950s: Don’t Give up the Ship (1959), The Geisha Boy (1958), King Creole (1958), Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958), Loving You (1957), The Sad Sack (1957), Three Violent People (1957), The Joker Is Wild (1957), The Birds and the Bees (1956), Bundle of Joy (1956), Hollywood or Bust (1956), Three for Jamie Dawn (1956), Timetable (1956), Artists and Models (1955), You’re Never Too Young (1955), The French Line (1954), Living It Up (1954), Three Ring Circus (1954)· Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Two Tickets to Broadway (1951), Buccaneer’s Girl (1950), Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (1950), Deported (1950), Sierra (1950), South Sea Sinner (1950), Spy Hunt (1950).

1940s: Abandoned (1949), City Across the River (1949), Red Canyon (1949), Take One False Step (1949), Yes Sir, That’s My Baby (1949), Mexican Hayride (1948), Are You with It? (1948), Casbah (1948), The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948), The Saxon Charm (1948), I’ve Always Loved You (1946), Murder in the Music Hall (1946), Dakota (1945), The Woman Who Came Back (1945), The Cheaters (1945), Love, Honor and Goodbye (1945), Mexicana (1945), Earl Carroll Vanities (1945), The Cowboy and the Senorita (1944), The Fighting Seabees (1944), Atlantic City (1944), Casanova in Burlesque (1944), The Lady and the Monster (1944), Lake Placid Serenade (1944), The Man from Frisco (1944), Storm over Lisbon (1944), Hands Across the Border (1943), War of the Wildcats (1943), Change of Heart (1943), Johnny Doughboy (1943), Nobody’s Darling (1943), Secrets of the Underground (1943), Shantytown (1943), Sleepy Lagoon (1943), Someone to Remember (1943), Thumbs Up (1943), The Flying Tigers (1942), Chatterbox (1942), Ice-Capades Revue (1942), Mercy Island (1941).


Score Of A Dramatic Picture
Mercy Island 1941

Score Of A Dramatic Or Comedy Picture
The Fighting Seabees 1944
In Old Oklahoma 1943

Score Of A Musical Picture – Original Or Adaptation
Funny Girl 1968

Scoring: Adaptation And Original Song Score
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971

Scoring Of A Musical Picture
Brazil 1944
Hit Parade Of 1943 1943
Johnny Doughboy 1942

Original Song
Ben “Ben” 1972