Hugo Friedhofer, born in San Francisco in 1901, was the orchestrator of choice for two of the most accomplished composers of Hollywood's golden era, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner. Eventually, Friedhofer composed his own film music, winning an Oscar in 1947 for the post-war classic "The Best Years of Our Lives."
Friedhofer brought an unusual level of skill, and a great deal of emotion to his work, and was particularly admired by his colleagues. David Garland shows why, with highlights from Friedhofer's "The Young Lions," "One-Eyed Jacks," "The Bishop's Wife," "An Affair to Remember," "The Barbarian and the Geisha," "The Best Years of Our Lives," and more.
Friedhofer's music makes the aircraft graveyard scene from "The Best Years of Our Lives" unforgettable: