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Roy Webb (October 3, 1888 – December 10, 1982) was a film music composer.

Webb has hundreds of composing credits to his name, mainly with RKO Pictures, and while most of the movies he scored were fairly light in content, he is today best known for his dark horror and film noir scores. He is particularly identified with the films of Val Lewton.

Born in New York City, he orchestrated and conducted for the Broadway stage, before moving to Hollywood in the late 1920s to work as music director for Radio Pictures, later RKO Pictures, where he remained until he retired in 1955. He worked as composer or arranger on over 200 films, and received Academy Award nominations for Quality Street (1937), My Favorite Wife (1940), I Married a Witch (1942), Joan of Paris (1942), The Fallen Sparrow (1943), The Fighting Seabees (1944), and The Enchanted Cottage (1945). His piano concerto from The Enchanted Cottage was performed in concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1945. In 1961, a house fire destroyed all Webb's film scores and unpublished concert music, after which Webb ceased composing.

Webb died in 1982 from a heart attack at the age of 94.

An alumnus of Columbia University, Webb wrote the fight song Roar, Lion, Roar for his alma mater in 1925. Several cues composed by Webb were used in the newsreel montage of Kane's life in Citizen Kane. He also composed several cues (uncredited) for This is Cinerama, the first Cinerama production in 1952.

Selected filmography


  • Roy Webb: music for the films of Val Lewton (A.K.A. Cat people: classic music for the Val Lewton films) / Marco Polo 8.225125 - liner notes by Scott MacQueen, with Robert Wise and John Morgan.

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