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Milton J. "Milt" Franklyn (September 16, 1897 – April 24, 1962) was a musical composer and arranger who worked on the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Looney Tunes animated cartoons. Career[edit] Franklyn moved from New York to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
at the age of three, where he went to high school and finished one year at the University of Utah. He was the state junior tennis champion in Utah for six years.[1] The next two years were spent at the University of California, Berkeley, then he began a term at Pennsylvania University when he was called to service in World War One. Franklyn did not serve overseas; he trained as a naval officer for three months and then the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. He returned to Berkeley to finish his education.[2] As Franklyn could play a number of instruments, he joined a band in San Francisco
San Francisco
and for the next few years played at the Palace and St. Francis hotels. He began his own nine-piece orchestra, known at various times as the Peninsula Band, the Super Soloists, and the Merrimakers, and appeared in San Mateo (1926 to June 1927), where he also owned a music store,[3] and San Jose (1928 to January 1929), where he was Master of Ceremonies and wrote revues for the California Theatre[4] before moving on to Fresno and Oakland. For two years he was emcee with Fanchon and Marco at Fox West Coast in San Diego; musical director and emcee with Paramount Publix Corporation, travelling to Seattle, Denver, Houston
Houston
and Toledo; and finally worked on the Loew's
Loew's
circuit in Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
and New York City from 1933 to 1935. Franklyn quit vaudeville to go to Hollywood
Hollywood
in 1935 and spent a year doing occasional work. In early 1936, he joined Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
as music arranger to Carl Stalling, becoming music director in 1953. The first cartoon with Franklyn credited as a composer was Bugs and Thugs, released in 1954, though Franklyn estimated at the time his 599th cartoon for Warners was Past Perfumance.[5] Franklyn always composed his scores at home early in the morning; he only went to the studio to watch the 30-piece Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Orchestra record the music or to view the finished cartoon. Among the songs Franklyn is said to have composed with director Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
and writer Michael Maltese is The Michigan Rag for the 1955 cartoon One Froggy Evening, featuring Michigan J. Frog.[6] However, the ASCAP
ASCAP
database lists only Maltese as the composer. He became the sole composer in 1958 upon Stalling's retirement. Death[edit] Franklyn died of a heart attack on April 24, 1962. At the time of his death, Franklyn was composing the score for a Tweety
Tweety
cartoon, The Jet Cage. The first two minutes of the cartoon were scored by Franklyn, the rest by William Lava, who had been working on the Warner Bros. main lot and replaced him as musical director. The Jet Cage opening credits lists Franklyn and not Lava, while the ASCAP
ASCAP
database credits Franklyn with composing the opening title, with no mention of Lava, but a change in composing style in the cartoon is noticeable. Franklyn joined ASCAP
ASCAP
in 1954 and was a member of the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. He and his wife Charlotte K. Franklyn were registered Democrats.[7] After his death, Franklyn's music also appeared in Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
on Broadway. References[edit]

^ Oakland Tribune, June 30, 1929 ^ Long Beach Independent, June 30, 1957 ^ San Mateo Times, December 2, 1926 ^ San José Evening News, Oct 27, 1928 ^ Long Beach Independent, August 15, 1954 ^ The Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoons, Friedwald and Beck, 1981. ^ California Voter Registrations, 1946

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Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies

Studios

Harman-Ising Productions (1930–1933) Leon Schlesinger
Leon Schlesinger
Productions (1933–1944) Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoons (1944–1964) DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
(1964–1967, 1979–1980) Format Films (1965–1967) Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
(1967–1969) Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
Enterprises (1976–1980, 1994–1997) Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Animation (1980–present)

People

Tex Avery Bea Benaderet Mel Blanc Bernard B. Brown Arthur Q. Bryan John Burton Daws Butler Bob Clampett Cal Dalton Arthur Davis David H. DePatie Earl Duvall Milt Franklyn Stan Freberg Friz Freleng June Foray Ben Hardaway Hugh Harman Ken Harris William L. Hendricks Cal Howard Rudolf Ising Chuck Jones Jack King William Lava Abe Levitow Michael Maltese Frank Marsales Norman McCabe Robert McKimson Tom Palmer Hawley Pratt Virgil Ross Leon Schlesinger Rod Scribner Edward Selzer Norman Spencer Carl Stalling Frank Tashlin Ben Washam

Characters

Babbit and Catstello Barnyard Dawg Beaky Buzzard Beans Blacque Jacque Shellacque Bosko Buddy Bugs Bunny Bunny and Claude Cecil Turtle Charlie Dog Claude Cat Clyde Bunny Colonel Shuffle Conrad the Cat Cool Cat Count Blood Count The Crusher Daffy Duck Egghead Jr. Elmer Fudd Foghorn Leghorn Foxy Gabby Goat Goofy Gophers Goopy Geer Gossamer Granny Hector the Bulldog Henery Hawk Hippety Hopper Honey Bunny Hubie and Bertie Hugo the Abominable Snowman Inki Lola Bunny Marc Antony and Pussyfoot Marvin the Martian Melissa Duck Merlin the Magic Mouse Michigan J. Frog Miss Prissy Nasty Canasta Penelope Pussycat Pepé Le Pew Pete Puma Petunia Pig Piggy Playboy Penguin Porky Pig Ralph Wolf The Road Runner Rocky and Mugsy Sam Sheepdog Slowpoke Rodriguez Sniffles Speedy Gonzales Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier Sylvester Sylvester Jr. Taz The Three Bears Tweety Wile E. Coyote Willoughby Witch Hazel Yosemite Sam

Shorts

1929–1939 1940–1949 1950–1959 1960–1969 1970–present and miscellaneous Featuring Bugs Bunny Featuring Daffy Duck Featuring Porky Pig Blue Ribbon reissues Censored Eleven Unreleased

Television

Compilations

The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Show The Road Runner Show The Porky Pig
Porky Pig
Show Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
on Nickelodeon Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
Starring Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
& Friends Bugs 'n' Daffy

Originals

Tiny Toon Adventures Taz-Mania The Plucky Duck Show The Sylvester & Tweety
Tweety
Mysteries Baby Looney Tunes Duck Dodgers Loonatics Unleashed The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show Wabbit/New Looney Tunes Specials

Feature films

Compilations

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Movie Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island Daffy Duck's Quackbusters The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Hall of Fame

Made for video

Tweety's High-Flying Adventure Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run

Documentaries

Bugs Bunny: Superstar Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons Chuck Amuck: The Movie

Live-action/ animation

Space Jam Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Music/Songs

"Merrily We Roll Along" "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" "Powerhouse" "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)" "Camptown Races"

Other

Video games

Book Category

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 17416629 LCCN: n92035647 ISNI: 0000 0000 5934 8846 MusicBrainz: 92ace682-f533-429d-8653-fbf447e9a

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