George S. Chase

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George Salisbury Chase
Born (1909-10-23)October 23, 1909
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died August 1, 1972(1972-08-01) (aged 62)
Nationality American
Other names Michael Reynolds, Franz Mahl
Occupation Composer for film and library music

George Salisbury Chase (1909–1972) was an American composer for film and library music, born in Brooklyn, New York on October 23, 1909 to George S. and Florence E. (Reynolds) Chase. The 1940 U.S. Census records his occupation as "musician, church."[1]

In 1957, Chase was hired by R.T.F. Music Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of Thomas J. Valentino, Inc., to write background and production film music.[2] He was employed by the company until his death. Chase composed under the pseudonym of Michael Reynolds for the Major Record library produced by Valentino.[3] He was also known under the pseudonym "Franz Mahl".

Some of his compositions were used in episodes of the 1955–1956 seasons of Adventures of Superman. Several of those pieces, "Dark of the Moon," "Mystic Night," "Hypertension," and "Vigil," were also tracked into Edward D. Wood Jr.'s "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1956). He is also credited with composing the music for the television show Mr. and Mrs. North.[4] Chase was a composer of liturgical music as well.

He was an active member of Brooklyn Council of the Knights of Columbus.[5]

Chase died on August 1, 1972 in Huntingdon, New York, aged 62. He was survived by his wife Marion and a daughter.


  1. ^ 1940 census return,
  2. ^ Variety, Aug. 23, 1972, pg. 63 (obit).
  3. ^ Film Score Monthly, 1996, issues 65-76, pg. 85
  4. ^ Variety, Aug. 23, 1972, pg. 63 (obit).
  5. ^ Brooklyn Eagle, April 13, 1930, pg. 2B

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