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Name  Marvin Hatley

Role  Film composer
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Died  August 23, 1986, Hollywood, California, United States
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, Academy Award for Best Original Musical
Music director  Way Out West, Sons of the Desert, The Music Box, A Chump at Oxford, Pups Is Pups
Similar People  Leroy Shield, Hal Roach, H M Walker, James W Horne, Charley Rogers

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Thomas Marvin Hatley (April 3, 1905 – August 23, 1986), professionally known simply as Marvin Hatley, was an American film composer and musical director, best known for his work for the Hal Roach studio from 1929 until 1940.


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Hatley wrote many of the musical cues appearing in the Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy, and Charley Chase films. His most memorable composition is "The Cookoo Song" (also known as "Ku-Ku", or "Dance of the Cuckoos"), which serves as Laurel and Hardy's theme song. He was also the "player piano" (performing off-screen) in The Music Box (1932). His work in Laurel and Hardy's films Way Out West and Block-Heads earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

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In 1939, Hatley was fired from the Roach studio. At the insistence of Stan Laurel, however, he did return to score one final Laurel & Hardy film, Saps at Sea. Hatley went on to become a lounge pianist, and often remarked that he earned more money in that career than during his days at the Roach studio.

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Marvin Hatley was a native of Reed, Oklahoma. He died on August 23, 1986 in Hollywood, California.

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