Samuel Kaylin

Samuel Kaylin (18 January 1892 – 7 July 1983) was a film composer who scored Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto movies for Fox Film and 20th Century Fox.

Samuel Kaylin
Shevach Kalinowski

18 Jan 1892
Ekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (now Dnipro, Ukraine)
Died7 Jul 1983 (aged 91)
NationalityUnited States
Other namesShevach Samuel Kalinowsky
OccupationMusic Director, Fox Film, 20th Century Fox
Known forfilm music
Spouse(s)Augusta Kaylin
Florence Kaylin
Clara Szemere (divorced 1972)
Claire Dennis (married 1972)

Early yearsEdit

Kaylin was born in the Ukraine and emigrated to the United States on January 16, 1907 aboard the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamship Neckar[1] He worked as a musician at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.[2]


Kaylin joined Fox Film in 1930 and composed more than 80 film scores. Among them were the scores for Shirley Temple's Bright Eyes and John Ford's Judge Priest.[3] He left 20th Century Fox, Fox Film's successor, in 1940.[4]


Kaylin died in Bakersfield, California.

Selected filmographyEdit