Edward J. Kay

Edward J. Kay (sometimes credited as Edward Kay or Eddie Kay; November 27, 1898 - December 22, 1973) was an American film composer and musical director, who worked on over 340 films from the 1930s into the 1960s, and was nominated on multiple occasions for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, although he never won. On his last film, 1962's The Creation of the Humanoids, he was also a producer.

In 1941, Kay was nominated for King of the Zombies, but lost to Bernard Herrmann for All That Money Can Buy. The following year, Kay was nominated for Klondike Fury, losing to Max Steiner, for Now, Voyager. Kay was nominated in 1943 for Lady, Let's Dance, losing to Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon for Cover Girl. Finally, in 1945, Kay was nominated for his work on two films, G. I. Honeymoon in the comedy/drama category, and Sunbonnet Sue in the musical category; Kay lost in both categories, to Miklós Rózsa, for Spellbound, and to Georgie Stoll for Anchors Aweigh, respectively. Kay was the only composer to substitute for Lee Zahler on a Columbia Pictures production between 1938 and 1947, when Kay composed for Brenda Starr Reporter in 1945.[1] Kay was a frequent collaborator with director William Beaudine.[2]

Kay was born in New York City, and died in Los Angeles County, California.

Selected filmographyEdit

Films for which Edward J. Kay composed or directed music include:

Film Year
Gangster's Boy 1938
The Mystery of Mr. Wong 1939
Undercover Agent 1939
The Streets of New York 1939
Mr. Wong in Chinatown 1939
Irish Luck 1939
Doomed to Die 1940
Phantom of Chinatown 1940
Hidden Enemy 1940
The Ape 1940
Up in the Air 1940
Son of the Navy 1940
King of the Zombies 1941
Arizona Bound 1941
Secret Evidence 1941
Freckles Comes Home 1942
Bowery at Midnight 1942
Law of the Jungle 1942
Clancy Street Boys 1943
Women in Bondage 1943
Detective Kitty O'Day 1944
Bowery Champs 1944
Crazy Knights 1944
West of the Rio Grande 1944
Adventures of Kitty O'Day 1945
Allotment Wives 1945
Brenda Starr, Reporter 1945
Docks of New York 1945
G. I. Honeymoon 1945
Sunbonnet Sue 1945
Swing Parade of 1946 1946
The Shadow Returns 1946
Bowery Bombshell 1946
Fear 1946
Dark Alibi 1946
In Fast Company 1946
Live Wires 1946
Mr. Hex 1946
Shadows Over Chinatown 1946
Spook Busters 1946
The Gay Cavalier 1946
Wife Wanted 1946
The Strange Mr. Gregory 1946
Fall Guy 1947
Jiggs and Maggie in Society 1947
Bowery Buckaroos 1947
Hard Boiled Mahoney 1947
News Hounds 1947
The Chinese Ring 1947
Violence 1947
King of the Bandits 1947
Angels' Alley 1948
Jiggs and Maggie in Court 1948
Bungalow 13 1948
Cowboy Cavalier 1948
Docks of New Orleans 1948
Shanghai Chest 1948
Smugglers' Cove 1948
The Golden Eye 1948
Trouble Makers 1948
The Feathered Serpent 1948
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes 1948
Incident 1948
Jinx Money 1948
Kidnapped 1948
Silver Trails 1948
Back Trail 1948
Across the Rio Grande 1949
Forgotten Women 1949
Jiggs and Maggie in Jackpot Jitters 1949
Trail of the Yukon 1949
Hold That Baby! 1949
Tuna Clipper 1949
Fighting Fools 1949
Law of the West 1949
Master Minds 1949
Stampede 1949
The Wolf Hunters 1949
Angels in Disguise 1949
Call of the Klondike 1950
The Admiral Was a Lady 1950
Triple Trouble 1950
Jiggs and Maggie Out West 1950
Snow Dog 1950
Blonde Dynamite 1950
Lucky Losers 1950
Blues Busters 1950
Northwest Territory 1951
Ghost Chasers 1951
Yukon Manhunt 1951
Crazy Over Horses 1951
Bowery Battalion 1951
I Was An American Spy 1951
Let's Go Navy! 1951
Rhythm Inn 1951
Jet Job 1952
Yukon Gold 1952
Hold That Line 1952
Here Come the Marines 1952
No Holds Barred 1952
Feudin' Fools 1952
Fangs of the Arctic 1953
Mexican Manhunt 1953
Murder Without Tears 1953
Northern Patrol 1953
Tangier Incident 1953
Yukon Vengeance 1954
Highway Dragnet 1954
Las Vegas Shakedown 1955
Toughest Man Alive 1955
Johnny Rocco 1958
The Creation of the Humanoids 1962


  1. ^ William C. Cline, In the Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials, page 174, 1997.
  2. ^ Wendy L. Marshall, William Beaudine: From Silents to Television, pages 324-326, 330-346, 2005.

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