Robert Emmett Dolan

Talking about Robert Emmett Dolan, Robert Russell Bennett recalled that Dolan “was one of Broadway’s best loved music directors, then went to Hollywood to write and conduct music.” Dolan (1908-1972) first worked on Broadway as a pit musician; he then completed scores for Broadway’s Foxy and Texas, Li’l Darlin’ (both with lyricist Johnny Mercer).  

Dolan also worked as music director on Cole Porter’s Leave It to Me (1938.13), Jerome Kern’s last Broadway show Very Warm for May (1939.28) and Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Purchase (1940.08)

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Robert Emmett Dolan

After moving to Hollywood, Dolan conducted the studio orchestra for the movie Lady in the Dark (Paramount 1944), with orchestrations by Bennett, and produced Paramount’s White Christmas in 1954.  (We discuss Dolan more in the Section on European Musical Training.)