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Oscar Levant is a Actor and Sound American born on 27 december 1906 at Pittsburgh (USA)

Oscar Levant

Oscar Levant
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Nationality USA
Birth 27 december 1906 at Pittsburgh (USA)
Death 14 august 1972 (at 65 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)

Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972) was an American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor. He was as famous for his mordant character and witticisms, on the radio and in movies and television, as for his music.


Oscar Levant s'installe en 1922 à New York, avec sa mère, Annie, juste après le décès de son père, Max. Il fut marié avec l'actrice Barbara Woodell. Il se marie en secondes noces avec l'actrice et chanteuse June Gale en 1939, et restera marié avec elle jusqu'à sa mort. Il eut trois enfants de son second mariage, Marcia, Lorna et Amanda. Il meurt à 65 ans d'une crise cardiaque et repose au Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery de Los Angeles. Il était hypocondriaque. Son épouse est décédée en 1996.

Best films

An American in Paris (1951)
Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Usually with

Max Rée
Max Rée
(5 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(5 films)
Ben Hecht
Ben Hecht
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J. Roy Hunt
J. Roy Hunt
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Oscar Levant (30 films)

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The Cobweb
The Cobweb (1955)
, 2h14
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Melodrama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Mabel Albertson, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish
Roles Mr. Capp
Rating63% 3.1972453.1972453.1972453.1972453.197245
Dr. Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark) is now in charge of a psychiatric facility, one run for many years by medical director Dr. Douglas Devanal (Charles Boyer).
The I Don't Care Girl, 1h18
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Mitzi Gaynor, Oscar Levant, Julie Newmar, Warren Stevens, David Wayne, Craig Hill
Roles Charles Bennett
Rating63% 3.1941053.1941053.1941053.1941053.194105
The story of vaudeville performer Eva Tanguay (Mitzi Gaynor) is told to a couple of writers who plan to do a script about her for Hollywood producer George Jessel.
The Band Wagon, 1h52
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, Jerry Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan, Ava Gardner
Roles Lester Marton
Rating74% 3.7472853.7472853.7472853.7472853.747285
Stage and screen star Tony Hunter, a veteran of musical comedy, is concerned that his career might be in decline. His good friends Lester and Lily Marton have written a stage show that they believe is perfect for his comeback.
O. Henry's Full House, 1h57
Directed by Henry King, Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Jean Negulesco, Henry Koster
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Christmas films, Children's films
Actors Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger, Charles Laughton, Oscar Levant, Marilyn Monroe
Roles William Smith (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
Rating71% 3.5955753.5955753.5955753.5955753.595575
Voir ci-dessous les sections détaillées, les sketches n'ayant aucun rapport entre eux.
An American in Paris, 1h53
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch, Madge Blake
Roles Adam Cook
Rating71% 3.599183.599183.599183.599183.59918
American World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is now an exuberant expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend and neighbor, Adam Cook (Oscar Levant), is a struggling concert pianist who is a longtime associate of a French singer, Henri Baurel (Georges Guétary). At the ground-floor bar, Henri tells Adam about his cultured girlfriend. Jerry joins them later, before going out to sell his art.
The Barkleys of Broadway, 1h49
Directed by Charles Walters
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke, Betty Blythe, Gale Robbins
Roles Ezra Millar
Rating69% 3.4991753.4991753.4991753.4991753.499175
Josh and Dinah Barkley (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) are a husband-and-wife musical comedy team at the peak of their careers. After finishing a new show, Dinah meets serious French playwright Jacques Pierre Barredout (Jacques François), who suggests that Dinah should take up dramatic acting. Dinah tries to keep the suggestion a secret from Josh, but when he finally discovers Dinah hiding a script for Jacques' new show from him, the couple splits up.
Romance on the High Seas, 1h39
Directed by Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, Doris Day, Oscar Levant, S.Z. Sakall
Roles Oscar Farrar
Rating69% 3.4952953.4952953.4952953.4952953.495295
Elvira Kent (Janis Paige) and her husband Michael (Don DeFore) suspect each other of cheating. For their wedding anniversary, Elvira books an ocean cruise to Rio de Janeiro but her husband claims that unexpected business will prevent him from going. Seeing an opportunity, Elvira pretends to take the trip alone, but in fact sends singer Georgia Garrett (Doris Day), a woman she'd met at the travel agency, in her place and under her name. By secretly staying behind, Elvira hopes to find out if Michael is indeed sneaking around behind her back. Michael, however, is suspicious over Elvira's supposed willingness to go on the trip alone, and so hires private detective Peter Virgil (Jack Carson) to see if she is sneaking around behind his back.
You Were Meant for Me, 1h32
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Origin USA
Genres Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Dan Dailey, Jeanne Crain, Oscar Levant, Herbert Anderson, Barbara Lawrence, Marilyn Monroe
Roles Oscar Hoffman
Rating61% 3.05353.05353.05353.05353.0535
Chuck Arnold (Dan Dailey) is a bandleader during the 1920s. He meets hometown girl Peggy Mayhew (Jeanne Crain), a flapper script girl, at one of the band's presentations and the next day they get married. Though she loves him, life on the road becomes increasingly difficult for her, and eventually, with the rise of the Great Depression, in 1929, she tires of it and returns to her country home. Unable to find new bookings, he soon joins her and brings with him Oscar Hoffman (Oscar Levant) his acerbic, cynical manager. The bandleader finds the pastoral life a crashing bore and so heads for the big city to find fortune. Fortunately, this time, he succeeds and happiness is the result.
Humoresque (1947)
, 2h5
Directed by Jean Negulesco
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish, Joan Chandler, Peggy Knudsen
Roles Sid Jeffers
Rating73% 3.696943.696943.696943.696943.69694
In New York City, a performance by noted violinist Paul Boray (John Garfield) is cancelled. At his apartment, Boray is at rock bottom emotionally. His manager Frederic Bauer (Richard Gaines) is angry with him for misunderstanding what a performing career would be like, and for thinking that music is no longer part of his life. To the more sympathetic Sid Jeffers (Oscar Levant), Boray says he has always wanted to do the right thing, but has always been "on the outside, looking in," and cannot "get back to that happy kid" he once was.
Rhapsody in Blue, 2h15
Directed by Irving Rapper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Robert Alda, Joan Leslie, Alexis Smith, Hazel Scott, Julie Bishop, Charles Coburn
Roles Himself
Rating70% 3.5447653.5447653.5447653.5447653.544765
La relation tumultueuse du compositeur George Gershwin avec la chanteuse Julie Adams.
Rhythm on the River, 1h32
Directed by Victor Schertzinger
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone, Oscar Levant, Charley Grapewin, William Frawley
Roles Billy Starbuck
Rating70% 3.531763.531763.531763.531763.53176
Oliver Courtney (Basil Rathbone) is an arrogant composer who lets other people write songs he takes credit for. Bob Sommers (Bing Crosby) writes his tunes with Billy Starbuck (Oscar Levant). At the night of a social Christmas party, Oliver introduces Bob's song "What Would Shakespeare Have Said?" as his own. Later that night, Oliver thanks Bob for his loyalty and offers him a contract for $50 a week for three years. He refuses, saying he would rather have a catboat to visit his uncle at his river hotel, called Nobody's Inn.
The Dance of Life, 1h55
Directed by John Cromwell, A. Edward Sutherland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Hal Skelly, Buddy Rogers, Nancy Carroll, Dorothy Revier, Al St. John, May Boley
Roles Jerry Evans
Rating74% 3.715453.715453.715453.715453.71545
Burlesque comic Ralph 'Skid' Johnson (Skelly), and dancer Bonny Lee King (Carroll), end up together on a cold, rainy night at a train station, when he's thrown out and she's rejected from the same show.