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Nicholas Brodszky (Composer)
Born: 20th April 1905, Odessa, Ukraine
Died: 24th December 1958, Hollywood, California, United States
Nationality: American, Russian
Nicholas "Slug" Brodszky was a composer of popular songs for the theatre and for films.
Brodszky was born in Odessa (now in Ukraine), into a Jewish family, who moved to Budapest during the civil war in Russia. He spent many years studying and working in Rome, Vienna, Berlin and Budapest. In the 1920s he contributed songs to Viennese operettas. His first film was made in Vienna in 1930 and featured Richard Tauber and Gitta Alpar. He wrote the music for C B Cochran and A P Herbert's coronation revue Home and Beauty at the Adelphi Theatre in 1937.
After a decade in the film industry in Germany and Austria, always keeping one step ahead of the rising Nazi party, he emigrated to the UK at the end of the 1930s.