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Vivian Ellis (I) (1903–1996)

Vivian Ellis was born on October 29, 1903 in Hampstead, North London, England as Vivian John Herman Ellis. He died on June 19, 1996 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 92) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Mister Cinders Soundtrack
Being Julia Soundtrack
Elstree Calling Music Department
Variety Soundtrack


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 2009 To Die Like a Man (music: "If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love")
 2006 The Eight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Nocturnal Robbery (2006) ... (writer: "Spread a Little Happiness" - uncredited)
 2004 Being Julia (writer: "She's My Lovely")
 1991 Riff-Raff (writer: "Spread A Little Happiness")
 1986 Danger Mouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- DM on the Orient Express (1986) ... (writer: "Coronation Scot")
 1986 Clockwise (as Ellis, "This Is My Lovely Day")
 1984 Spitting Image (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (1984) ... (writer: "Coronation Scot" - uncredited)
 1983 Iltatähti (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 5 January 1983 (1983) ... (writer: "Spread a Little Happiness")
 1982 Brimstone & Treacle (writer: "Spread a Little Happiness")
 1970 Monty Python's Flying Circus (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body (1970) ... (writer: "Coronation Scot" - uncredited)
 1965 The Ipcress File (music: "Supermarket" - uncredited)
 1958 Slag för slag (Documentary) (music: "Flight 101" - uncredited)
 1948 Easy Money (music: "Lady Spiv")
 1946 Piccadilly Incident ("Piccadilly 1944")
 1944 It Happened One Sunday (music: "Medley")
 1941 Old Bill and Son (writer: "The Smile I Left Behind Me")
 1940 A Little Bit of Heaven (writer: "What Did We Learn at School" - uncredited)
 1940 Under Your Hat (lyrics: "The Empire Depends On You" - uncredited) / (music: "The Empire Depends On You" - uncredited)
 1939 Clouds Over Europe (music: "Mayfair in May" - uncredited)
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X (music: "Mayfair in May", "Mayfair in May" (reprise) - uncredited)
 1937 Good Morning, Boys (music: "The Flies Crawled Up the Window" - uncredited)
 1936 Men Are Not Gods (writer: "Two People in Love" - uncredited)
 1936 Public Nuisance No. 1 (writer: "Hotsy Totsy", "Swing", "Give Me A Place In The Sun", "Between You, Me and the Carpet", "Me and My Dog" - uncredited)
 1934 Mister Cinders (music: "Where's Jim?", "I Could Get Used to You", "Spread a Little Happiness", "Just a Blue Sky")
 1933 Friday the Thirteenth (music: "Sweep" - uncredited)
 1933/I Falling for You (music: "You Don't Understand", "Mrs. Bartholomew", "Sweep", "Why Has a Cow Got Four Legs" - uncredited)
 1933 The King's Cup (music: "Climbing High")
 1932 Night and Day (music: "The Flies Crawled Up The Window", "I Want To Cling To Ivy", "If You Are Out To Give A Party")
 1931 Out of the Blue (writer: "Out of the Blue")
 1930 Elstree Calling (writer: "The Thought Never Entered My Head")
 1925 Variety (music: "Vaudeville")
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Show Show Music department (4 credits)
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Other Works:

Sheridan Morley and his musical, "Spread a Little Happiness," was performed at the Whitehall Theatre in London, England with Ron Moody, Thelma Ruby, Simon Shepherd, Clare Burt, Maurice Clarke, Rachel Robertson, Sheridan Morley, and Dillie Keane in the cast. Dan Crawford was director. See more »

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Composer and lyricist, a former concert pianist. Best known as writer for theatrical revues performed at London's West End from 1922. His most famous song was "Spread a Little Happiness", featured in his 1929 musical "Mr. Cinders". He also authored several humorous books. See more »

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