Victor Schertzinger

Victor Schertzinger

Real Name:
Victor L. Schertzinger
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American composer, film director, film producer, and screenwriter (April 8, 1888 - October 26, 1941).

His films include Paramount on Parade (co-director, 1930), Something to Sing About (1937) with James Cagney, and the first two "Road" pictures Road to Singapore (1940) and Road to Zanzibar (1941). His two best-known songs are "I Remember You" and "Tangerine", both with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and both featured in Schertzinger's final film The Fleet's In (1942).

Schertzinger was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, the child of musical parents of Pennsylvania Dutch German decent, and immediately attracted attention as a violin prodigy at the age of four. As a child of eight, he appeared as a violinist with several orchestras, including the Victor Herbert Orchestra and the John Philip Sousa band. In his teens, he attended the Brown Preparatory School in Philadelphia, and gave violin performances while touring America and Europe.

Schertzinger studied music at the University of Brussels. He continued to distinguish himself as a concert violinist, and then as a symphony conductor. He also worked as a songwriter, adding three songs with lyrics by producer Oliver Morosco to L. Frank Baum and Louis F. Gottschalk's musical, The Tik-Tok Man of Oz (1914). His first brush with the film industry came in 1916, when Thomas Ince commissioned him to compose the orchestral accompaniment for his great silent film Civilization. Remaining under Ince's employment, Schertzinger became principal director of the popular Charles Ray films, establishing a rapport with the mercurial Ray that few of the star's other collaborators would ever achieve.

After the introduction of sound, Schertzinger continued to direct films but also began to compose songs for them, and in some instances writing scripts or producing as well. Though closely associated with Paramount Pictures, Schertzinger actually spent the thirties as a freelancer. Some of his best films, such as One Night of Love (1934) and The Mikado (1939) exploited his vast knowledge of the world of music.

At some point, Schertzinger married Julia E. Nicklin, to whom he remained married until his death. They had two daughters, Patricia and Paula, in the early 1920s.

Schertzinger died unexpectedly from a heart attack in Hollywood at the age of 53, having just finished work on The Fleet's In (1942). He had directed 89 films, and had composed music for more than 50 films. He was buried in Forest Lawn.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame contains a star for Schertzinger at 1611 Vine Street. In his home town of Mahanoy City, an official marker from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission indicates the location of the Schertzinger homestead and jewelry story where Schertzinger grew up. The marker reads:

Violin prodigy who performed with John Philip Sousa and later became a film director and composer. He pioneered the use of original film music for films, and his film 'One Night of Love' won best musical score and sound recording Oscars in 1934. He composed the pop standard 'Tangerine.' Among many films he directed were two of the Hope and Crosby 'Road' movies. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His childhood home was here.

Schertzinger's two best-known songs, I Remember You and Tangerine, continue to appear in the soundtracks of new films.
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Victor Schertzinger Discography

Vocals

CC100/2 Bing Crosby Where The Turf Meets The Surf Down At Old Delmar Bing Crosby - Both Sides Of Bing Crosby(LP) Curtain Calls CC100/2 US Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

17441 Helen Clark - Billy Murray / John Barnes Wells My Wonderful Dream Girl (as Schertzinger) Helen Clark - Billy Murray / John Barnes Wells - Come On Over Here / My Wonderful Dream Girl(Shellac, 10") Victor 17441 US 1913 Sell This Version
60053 John Charles Thomas, Aeolian Orchestra Marcheta John Charles Thomas, Aeolian Orchestra - Marcheta / If You Only Knew(Shellac, Mono) Vocalion (2) 60053 US 1921 Sell This Version
45309 Olive Kline - Elsie Baker Marchéta (as Victor L. Schertzinger) Olive Kline - Elsie Baker - Indiana Lullaby / Marchéta(Shellac, 10") Victor 45309 US 1922 Sell This Version
McNalpak's Dance Orchestra / Willie Creager's Dance Orchestra Marchéta (A Love Song Of Old Mexico) (as Victor L. Schertzinger) McNalpak's Dance Orchestra / Willie Creager's Dance Orchestra - Marchéta (A Love Song Of Old Mexico) / Pretty Peggy Fox Trot From "Vanities Of 1923" Edison Records US 1923 Sell This Version
19089 John Steel (7) Just An Old Love Song (as Victor L. Schertzinger) John Steel (7) - Just An Old Love Song / When The Gold Turns To Gray(Shellac, 10") Victor 19089 US 1923 Sell This Version
2439 Isham Jones Orchestra Marchéta (as Schertzinger) Isham Jones Orchestra - Other Lips / Marchéta(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2439 US 1923 Sell This Version
51219 Walter Scanlan / Bailey And Bent Marcheta (A Love Song Of Old Mexico) (as Victor L. Schertzinger) Walter Scanlan / Bailey And Bent - Marcheta (A Love Song Of Old Mexico) / Say It With A Ukulele(Edison Disc) Edison Records 51219 US 1923 Sell This Version
14271 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra / Piedmont Dance Orchestra Love Has A Way (as Schertzinger) Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra / Piedmont Dance Orchestra - Driftwood / Love Has A Way(Shellac, 10", Mono) Perfect (3) 14271 US 1924 Sell This Version
1698 Bernard Etté Marchéta (as V. L. Schatzinger) Bernard Etté - Marchéta / I Was A Fool(Shellac, 10") VOX (3) 1698 Germany 1925 Sell This Version
79826 Agustín Magaldi Marcheta (as V. L. Schertzinger) Agustín Magaldi - Marcheta / Aquellos Tiempos (Shellac, 10") Victor 79826 Argentina 1927 Sell This Version
3968 Nick Lucas Marcheta (as Schertzinger) Nick Lucas - Marcheta / I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 3968 US 1928 Sell This Version
22232 The High Hatters The High Hatters - My Love Parade / Nobody's Using It Now(Shellac, 10") Victor 22232 US 1930 Sell This Version
47402 Orquesta Típica Porteña (2) Amante Soñador Orquesta Típica Porteña (2) - Amante Soñador / El Neura(Shellac, 10") Victor 47402 Argentina 1930 Sell This Version
DR 1040 Muzica Regimentului de Gardă „Mihai Viteazu“* Marșul Bravilor Ostași (as V. Schertzinger) Muzica Regimentului de Gardă „Mihai Viteazu“* - Marșul Regimentului De Gardă „Mihai Viteazu“ / Marșul Bravilor Ostași(Shellac, 10") Columbia DR 1040 Romania 1930 Sell This Version
47401 Trio Victor Amante Soñador (Dream Lover) Trio Victor - Amante Soñador / Recondita(Shellac, 10") Victor 47401 Argentina 1930 Sell This Version
K-5942 Maurice Chevalier Paris Je T'aime D'amour Maurice Chevalier - Paris Je T'aime D'amour / Nouveau Bonheur(Shellac, 10") Disque Gramophone K-5942 France 1930 Sell This Version
B 3332 Maurice Chevalier Maurice Chevalier - My Love Parade / Nobody's Using It Now(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B 3332 UK 1930 Sell This Version
D. O. 5689 Karkoff-Orchester* Grenadier-Marsch (as Schertzinger) Karkoff-Orchester* - Ich Singe Nur Für Dich / Grenadier-Marsch(Shellac, 8") Derby (3) D. O. 5689 Germany 1930 Sell This Version
M. 117 Ambrose And His Orchestra* My Love Parade (as Schertzinger) Ambrose And His Orchestra* - Happy Days Are Here Again / My Love Parade(Shellac, 10") Decca M. 117 UK 1930 Sell This Version
7455 Johnny Green And His Orchestra, Johnny Green At The Piano* Love Me Forever (as Schertzinger) Johnny Green And His Orchestra, Johnny Green At The Piano* - How Can I Hold You Close Enough? / Love Me Forever(Shellac, 10", Single) Brunswick 7455 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6253 The California Ramblers* Life Begins When You're In Love (as Schertzinger) The California Ramblers* - Life Begins When You're In Love / It's Been So Long(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-6253 US 1936 Sell This Version
701 Harry Richman There'll Be No South Harry Richman - Suzannah / There'll Be No South(Shellac, 10") Decca 701 US 1936 Sell This Version
Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra Marcheta (as Victor L. Schertzinger) Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra - I'll Never Smile Again / Marcheta Victor US 1940 Sell This Version
Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra I Don't Want To Cry Any More Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra - I Don't Want To Cry Any More / Pompton Turnpike Bluebird (3) US 1940 Sell This Version