Jerry Bresler

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Jerome (Jerry) Bresler (Born May 29, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois with a twin sister Geraldine – Died March 17, 2000 in Delray Beach, Florida, Age 85)[1] was an American conductor, songwriter, musician and film producer. He played piano at the age of 2 and conducted the NYU orchestra at 14. He won an Oscar in 1944 as co-producer for Heavenly Music as Best Live Action Short and subsequently had two other nominations for two-reel short films. One of his most famous musical compositions was Five Guys Named Moe.

He was educated at Theodore Roosevelt High School (Chicago) (where in 1931 he wrote the school song 'Go Rough Riders Go'),[2] Chicago Musical College, DePaul University studied music theory, composition, conducting and orchestration with Dr. Samuel Lieberson and at NYU with Schillinger method professor Rudolf Schramm.[3]

In 1950 he joined ASCAP and started producing shows for various night club acts like Robert Goulet, Sophie Tucker and Arlene Dahl, and this led him back to Hollywood where he produced such films as Richard Fleischer's The Vikings in 1958, Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965) and the James Bond Casino Royale in 1967.

In 1956 he formed a partnership with Lyn Duddy writing & producing TV & night club acts including Jaye P. Morgan, Ford Specials, Merv Griffin Show, Jackie Gleason Show & the Honeymooners. He also collaborated with Larry Wynn writing songs.[4]

In 1965 he was a member of the jury at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]


  1. ^ "Sun-Sentinal Delray Beach, Florida". Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Roosevelt High: Why does Arnie Kamen keep coming back?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York. Pub. 1966 & 1980. 
  4. ^ "Five Guys Named Moe". Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Berlinale 1965: Juries". Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

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