W. Franke Harling

William Franke Harling ( born January 18, 1887 in London, † November 22, 1958 in Sierra Madre, California ) was an Anglo-American film composer.


His musical education was Harling at the Grace Church Choir School in New York City. He then worked as an organist and choir director at the Church of the Resurrection in Brussels. Subsequently, he spent two years at the United States Military Academy at West Point. There he composed the hymn "The Corps, " and the march " West Point Forever. "

Harling, who appears mostly in staff directories of movies in the shortened form of the name W. Franke Harling, worked as a composer in the film industry, especially in the 1930s and early 1940s. For his role in the processing of film music to the classic Ringo Western from director John Ford in 1940, he received an Oscar. Harling died in Sierra Madre ( CA ), his grave is located in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

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