Oscar Levant was an American concert pianist, composer, talk-show host and actor. He made his acting debut alongside Ben Bernie in the short film, 'Ben Bernie and All the Lads' in 1924. Since 1928, he has composed the music for more than twenty movies, including 'In Person' (1935), 'Charlie Chan at the Opera' (1936) and 'Romance on the High Seas' (1948), often also contributing as a songwriter. He made major appearances in the MGM musicals 'The Barkleys of Broadway' (1949), 'An American in Paris' (1951), and 'The Band Wagon' (1953).
His filmography as an actor includes films like 'Rhythm on the River' (1940), 'Kiss the Boys Goodbye' (1941), 'Humoresque' (1946), 'You Were Meant for Me' (1948), and 'The I Don't Care Girl' (1953). He appeared as himself in his friend George Gershwin's biopic 'Rhapsody in Blue' (1945).
In the late 1930s, he gained popularity as one of the regular panelists on the radio quiz show 'Information Please'. He made regular appearances on NBC radio's 'Kraft Music Hall' in 1947-1949. He was an occasional panelist on the NBC game show 'Who Said That?' in the early 1950s. From 1958 to 1960, he hosted his own talk-show, 'The Oscar Levant Show'.
Considered as one of the best musicals by the American Film Institute, An American in Paris is an Oscar-winning film, which tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American artist living in Paris, who meets an influential heiress who is attracted to him. However, he is attracted to another young French girl, and now he must make a choice.
Based on the life of famous Broadway composer, George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue showcases the life and times and struggles of Gershwin as he frenetically chases success and fame while sabotaging his romantic relationships. This biographical musical also involves elements of drama and romance as the turbulent professional life of Gershwin clashes with his romance with singer, Julie Adams, and socialite. Christine Gilbert.
Bob Sommers writes tunes for the well-known composer Oliver Courtney, while Cherry Lane ghost-writes lyrics for him. But Bob and Cherry are unaware about each other. When they meet and realize the facts, they grow close and decide to compose their own songs, but music industry assumes they are copying Courtney. Perceiving the situation, Courtney declares that he has not created those songs.
The I Don’t Care Girl is a musical biopic which revolves around the life Eva Tanguay, a vaudeville performer in the early 1900s.
Chuck is a bandleader who falls for Peggy, a girl in his hometown. They soon get married and depart on a tour. However, their lives turn upside down due to the Stock Market Crash of 1929, and the two are forced to return home penniless and defeated. Chuck still decides not to give up.